I spent the past two days as Host & Emcee of a conference for VSoft, a global information and technology provider of process improvement solutions for financial institutions. (I know, a little intense sounding but a delight for people in the banking industry who use their software.) The event titled “Recipe For Success” took place at the Westin Buckhead (love those Heavenly beds which by the way are Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, I looked.) One sure recipe for success is an event company that is prepared from start to finish. CCP Events led by Terry Singleton and her team were all that a host and emcee like myself could ask for. Bravo!
The day started around 8:30 a.m. with Chef Rebecca Lang who blended her recipe for Black and White Mint brownies with the ingredients of being successful in the marketplace. (I especially loved the cooking tips she mixed in during the presentation.) The brownies were fantastic–thick and chewy. And who doesn’t love chocolate at 9 in the morning, right?!
After a long day of seminars and product reporting, we had a team building experience. Chef Challenge! Chef Challenge divided everyone into 6 teams. They were: “Eggheads” & “Sweetie Pie” making the Apps, “Spicy Chefs” and “Georgia Peaches” making the salad and “peaNUTS” and “Hot Tamales” making the dessert. The chef team at the Westin provided all the ingredients and perhaps they knew better of us novices in the kitchen as they nicely laid out plastic sheeting to protect the carpeting! The team of judges (Hotel employees) judged on overall first impression (I had many but couldn’t say them out loud), Creativity and product utilization, Presentation, Timeliness, Taste/Flavor Combinations and Team Spirit/Team Work/Passion & Energy.
The competition was hot as a kitchen. All the wannabe chef’s assembled their creations influenced by their favorite adult beverage which made for a truly exciting hour!! The desserts were creme brulee and that meant blow torches–STAND BACK! I was even hand fed Jalapeno cornbread by one team member! Perhaps he thought it would influence my decision for a winner. (The winner in my mind at that point was the cornbread.) I, however, was not voting but loved the personalized attention. Once the hour was done and dishes submitted, we all sat down and the fantastic service staff at the Westin Buckhead served up the teams creations to thunderous rounds of applause.
The winners? Eggheads led by Jon Reneslacis for Apps, Georgia Peaches led by Don Walton (who has another career in salads!) and Hot Tamales led by Charles Wiggins for Desserts. We were fed a lot of ingredients over 3 days. So what did I learn? Never put good knives in the dishwasher (loosens the handles and dulls them), use foil with the dull side up as food is less likely to stick (who knew), wood cutting boards are safe to use and for check imaging software development & providers, along with data processing and more, I choose VSoft.
It’s People who make a company even greater than their products. Amy Garrett who was my personal “chef” helped create the recipe for this very successful event. And thank you to Chairman Murthy Veeraghanta, President Shekar Viswanathan and their team for tremendous hospitality. The V in VSoft stands for Versatile: Flexible + Innovative + Nimble + Global. Through their own staff, customers, clients and partners I experienced tremendous versatility in a company that sees tomorrow–today. These are all the ingredients in a real recipe for success.