Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Business Travel

I have been on over seventy business trips, both near and far, short and long. Some people go on seventy trips a year. Here are the ones I can remember, in approximate chronological order:

Jacksonville FL, P&G job interview
DuPont, Lugoff SC plant: deliver parts
Birmingham AL: US Steel Mill tour
Optima Enclosures, Tucker GA: customer visit
Siemens Energy, Tucker GA: customer visit

Leggett & Platt, Decatur GA: customer appreciation banquet
Overhead Door, Athens GA: plant tour
Vidalia GA: customer visit: ate frog legs, alligator, etc. at swamp restaurant
Norcross GA Sales Training: Hawks game
Atlantic Steel mill tour, downtown Atlanta.

Fountain Inn SC customer visit
Westinghouse Sumter SC customer visit
Westinghouse Asheville NC customer visit
Westinghouse Greenwood SC customer visit
Kiawah Key SC golf tournament

Orangeburg SC customer visit
Norcross GA Sales Training: Braves game
Cartersville GA bar mill tour
Greensboro NC: AS400 with Laura Smith and Rob Grogan. Where I was when Sid slid.
Little Rock AR: AS400 training. Hubcap burgers at Cauddums Restaurant out in the swamp.

Little Rock AR: drive over for follow-up training.
Gainesville GA: Royal Lakes golf tournament
Colombia SC Quality Audit. Burgers with warehouse manager.
Greenville SC Quality Audit
Jacksonville FL Quality Audit (drive)

EZGo Augusta GA customer visit
Tampa FL Quality Audit (fly)
Richmond VA Quality Audit (drive)
Ft. Smith AR Quality Audit (fly)
Birmingham AL Quality Audit. BBQ.
Snapper, McDonough GA customer tour. OB's BBQ.

Louisville KY: aluminum mill tour / seminar
Charleston SC Nucor mill tour (drive)
Charlotte NC: Quality Audit.
Steel Dynamics, Butler IN mill tour with cousin Dic Dac.
Inland Steel Chicago IL plant tour when I carried Olympic Torch
Detroit MI metallurgy seminar (drive)

Chicago IL expanded metal plant tour with Randy and Alan Singleton (fly)
Birmingham AL: vendor plant visit
Charlotte NC AS400 Conversion (4 weeks) Jocks & Jill’s, Mexican, church buffet, Chinese.
Chicago IL: Work Order software meeting with Phil Duffy (fly). Dinner at Pappadeaux.
Chattanooga TN AS400 Conversion. Commuted daily home to Marietta. Dined at mountaintop country club, Fuddruckers, and Baskin Robbins

Tulsa OK AS400 Conversion. Dinner at the country club where the PGA was played.
Dallas TX AS400 Conversion Rangers game, Cowboys open house, Six Flags, School Book Depository
Tulsa OK: Follow-up visit. Lunch at interesting seafood/meat/butcher shop.
Dallas TX: follow-up training. Golf with Dallas employees.
Houston TX: vendor tour with Randy.

Birmingham AL: WO Training. Golf with Bham employees, Chinese with GM & OSM.
Shreveport LA: Give seminar at whse mgr meeting. Eat at casino.
Houston TX: AS400 Conversion. Astros game, Houston’s with Brantley, Mexican with Mike Jackson.
Charlotte NC WO Training: Returned early when Jenny went missing.
Greensboro NC: WO Training (drive)

Tampa FL: WO Training (drive): drive to St. Pete for Rays game.
Richmond VA: WO Training (drive): BBQ with GM
Birmingham AL: WO Training, lunch with GM at Diner
Orlando FL: AS400 Conversion with Steve Apostle. Several weeks long, drove every time. Drove to St Pete for a Rays game.

Steel Services: golf tourney in Forsyth GA
Gainesville GA: pick up parts at vendor
Carrier Air Conditioning, Athens GA: deliver parts to customer
Miami FL: Attend last GT/Miami game in Orange Bowl w/ Apostle & Nelson. Cuban Diner
Main Steel Polishing, Atlanta, GA: vendor plant tour

Specfab, Greenville SC: vendor plant tour. Golf on way home.
Gastonia NC vendor plant tour
Steel Services Macon GA vendor plant tour / golf tournament
Charleston SC: Ryerson Coil Processing: lunch with plant manager
Evans Tool & Die, Conyers GA physical inventory

Champion Tooling, Anderson SC physical inventory
Clairon Stampings, Covington GA vendor plant tour
RayPaul Coatings, Marietta, GA vendor plant tour
EZGo Augusta GA physical inventory / plant tour (3 times)

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