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About chileanseabass

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  1. Not going to take sides in any sort of COVID related discussion, just contributing a story... this pandemic has practically, and literally, killed the company I work for. We organize international trade shows. A once robust company of 10 employees has been reduced to 5. We've been able to keep the company "alive," through some new virtual events we're developing. We usually coordinate 20-30 trade events per year, all overseas. This year, every single event we're involved in has been canceled or postponed to 2021 or later. Oddly enough, the only event on target to actually occur, will be one in China at the end of September. Between that and the new virtual developments, we've been able to keep the company afloat for another 6 months or so, but that's after 25% paycuts for the 3 executives back in April and laying off 4 staff members. The stress of managing this whole disaster took its toll on the owner of the company and he succumbed to a massive heart attack last Tuesday. He was 64, great health, no known issues, and gearing up for his retirement in April. Now his daughter and I are picking up the pieces, trying to keep things chugging along, and holding out hope for better days ahead. I'm not sure what the answer is to get over COVID. I have clients in Sweden who think they've handled it horribly. I have clients here in the US who think we're handling it horribly, some say too many restrictions, while some say not enough. I have clients in China who say everyone's screwing this up except for them. I just want to wake up and have life return to normal.
  2. I'm here, alive, healthy. Can't say much else is going well, but I'll focus on the positives ?
  3. When and how did you become a fan? - Started going to games with my Dad at the Aud in 1988... we moved to Buffalo in 1985 (I was 5). Who is your all-time favourite Sabre and why? - Rob Ray and Dale Hawerchuk... always enjoyed Ray's antics and Hawerchuk just had a ton of talent Most exciting moments as a fan? Most frustrating? - Exciting is going to playoff games at the Aud with my Dad in the late 80's/early 90's. Frustrating - Jay McKee's staph infection
  4. He lives in Ottawa now full time. Has been in Evansville, IN the past few days visiting his son who is playing in the SPHL there. I enjoy his show on SiriusXM. Sorry to hear he can't grow up.
  5. Thanks for all the recommendations and advice. Per @Eleven's suggestion, I have looked into some non-MBA master's degrees that are a little more appealing to me. A lot of my work is in the agriculture sector, so I've started looking into MS in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics; also, my alma mater offers an MS in International Business. What I like most about what I do now is the global nature of the business, and wherever I end up in the future I would want it to have that same international focus. Does anyone have any opinions on how an MS in International Business would be perceived to an employer vs. a MBA? @Tondas I also appreciate your suggestion of gaining experience at a larger company. This is something I have definitely looked into and will continue to do so.
  6. Welcome and thanks for chiming in! That's a hurdle for me. I live in a major city (Charlotte), but the only local MBA programs are in-person, and I can't do that. I have other school options 2-4 hours from Charlotte that offer fully online MBAs, but I've heard you lose those networking benefits when doing an MBA online. I have no plans to leave the Charlotte area for 7-10 years at least.
  7. Part of me wants to do it, and part of me doesn't. Overall, I'd probably rather not do it, to be honest, but I don't see how I can maintain the same income level without it, were I to leave my current job (by my choice or management's). The other plus side to doing it is that down the road I would really like to teach part-time at the community college/small college level, which would require a master's degree. That has always been a "winding down my career" interest of mine.
  8. A friend of mine got his MBA at Georgia Tech right after he finished undergrad, and he pretty much said the same thing - go big or go home. He said no one cares if you have one from a smaller state or private school (he works in HR for a major bank), it's all about the name of the school on the diploma.
  9. Thanks for the feedback so far, I appreciate it. Most of what you've all said is in line with how I'm leaning. Whether or not I get the MBA won't impact my earnings at all with my current position (my boss says it's a waste of money), so there'd be no financial help in paying for it from my current employer either. I guess it just comes to down to the estimated cost vs. potential earnings if I leave and move elsewhere. Because of my current job, I travel a lot internationally, I have to find something that's 100% online and flexible. In-state programs that would work for me, include UNC Chapel Hill (~$100k), NC State ($46k), UNC Greensboro ($20k), UNC Wilmington ($15k). I can't justify paying $100k. I'm still paying off around $18k in undergrad loans, and would like to keep the MBA cost as low as possible, plus my wife is graduating with her Bachelors next month, so now we'll have to pay off $30k in her loans ? My two eldest step sons will be graduating high school in the next two years, but they'll probably join the military or just join the workforce.
  10. Looking for some career-oriented advice here, and thought of no better place to get some opinions. I'm 39, currently a VP of Sales & Marketing for a small company (12 employees, $3-5 million in revenue annually). I've been here for almost 12 years and am essentially the #2 person in the company. The owner is planning to retire by the end of 2021, and I tried to buy the company from him back in April, but it fell through 3 days before closing (investor I brought in backed out). So, he decided to give the company to his daughter. Now we're trying to transition leadership. I like what I do, am in a niche industry, but wonder if I could do more/better for myself elsewhere, plus I'm not convinced I can work here long term with the new "leadership." The job market has been really good here in Charlotte for the past 2 years and I've put plenty of feelers out there for similar VP-level jobs (or Director-level at large companies) and I get nowhere. Everything I apply for says MBA preferred, which I don't have (I have a BS and BA). I've had one interview, facilitated by a friend, and they basically said my experience was too niche for them. If I stay here for the long haul, I don't really see a need for an MBA, but if I want to look elsewhere I almost feel like I need to have one. Is this really the case? If I do go the MBA route, I'm not going to spend $70-100K, because I don't think I'll make the money back based on what I'm making now, but some people I've spoken to say if you don't go to a top school then don't bother. I'm considering some mid-level state schools offering online MBAs that cost $15-20k, but is this even worth it? I'd rather not waste my time and money (still paying off student loans from undergrad) if it's not something that will pay dividends. If anyone has thoughts/opinions/advice on this I'd love to hear it!
  11. I joined, thanks. Been playing FPL for a few years now and thoroughly enjoy it.
  12. Delhi... my least favorite place to have visited. I'm supposed to go again in September, but trying to pawn it off on a co-worker.
  13. I'd be all for Vellucci. He's had success as a head coach for many years in the OHL and AHL, plus front office experience in the NHL. He's orchestrated a complete turnaround here in Charlotte, with largely the same cast of characters, and those he's worked with that have been called up to Carolina have done well. He has a knack for working with younger players.
  14. Everything that goes on within PSE seems to be bizarre.
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