Now we begin to question whether we will make it to Philadelphia at all. With the delayed flight to Charlotte, that leaves us with a 20 minute layover. That leaves us 20 minutes from the time we land, taxi, finally deboard the plane and run to our next gate. Long story… well, long, we make it to our connecting flight from Charlotte to Philadelphia with no time to spare. We are two of the last four passengers to board the plane. They held the door for us. We were going to make it to Philadelphia. Only six hours passed our original ETA. We left my house in Tuscaloosa at 11 a.m. CST, we checked into our hotel at 11:30 p.m. EST. What an adventure?
We are finally able to get some sleep. We meet in the lobby the next morning awaiting our transportation, our very own Business Development guru who resides in New Jersey. Ed picks us up from the hotel and we are off to our first meeting. We had a sigh of relief as the meeting went smoothly, and for the simple fact that we were able to be there.
Part of business development is understanding the importance of relationships. Despite the journey that was traveling from Birmingham to Philly, we knew meeting with a few colleagues was important. So we have a few obstacles get in our way – that just makes for a good story on our website, right? This particular meeting in Philadelphia featured a client we have worked with in the past and with which we have thoroughly enjoyed all interactions. This meeting was no different. We shared a few laughs, shared lunch, caught up on latest business ventures (and adventures), reminisced, and gained a sense of mutual optimism that made Philadelphia sunny again.
After a positive meeting and lunch with our colleagues in Philadelphia, it was off to New Jersey. That afternoon we would make a stop for one more meeting before Ed would show us around his neighborhood. We enjoyed a dinner near our Dixie Northeast headquarters and then called it a night.
The following day we would have a few more meetings and lunch with past, current, and potential clients. All of which would provide significant insight and a positive outlook moving forward. We would head to Newark Airport that afternoon with a sense of relief for having made the trip in the first place, and with a sense of optimism after the two days of meetings, conversations, laughs, and handshakes.
We had a flight from Newark to Atlanta, then from Atlanta back to Birmingham. And, wouldn’t you know it, both of those flights were delayed as well. Like our first night on this trip, we arrived to our destination at 11:30 p.m. local time. Turns out, even when life throws curve balls and cancels your flights, things still just might turn out okay. It did for us. I guess it was sunny in Philadelphia after all.