August 14, 2010
Completing an outstanding media conference sponsored by POMA, Professional Outdoor Media Association, www.professionaloutdoormedia.org. The conference is being held in La Porte, Indiana, about a half hour’s drive from South Bend, Indiana. The POMA organization is a collection of the folks that helps guide, support and serve writers and photographers that cover all aspects of the outdoor world. The vast mission of POMA includes conservation, environmental enhancement, safety and the serving as a resource that enable writers and photogrphers to achieve the highest integrity in the presenation of their chosen topics.
The weather was hot and humid, a twice-a-day-change-of-clothing kind of world and quite a contrast to Denver. Night was shared with mosquitos and other strange bugs but any inconvenience was offset by soaring collegiality and soul-churning sunsets. Highlights for me, personally, were presentations on webinars by Tom Miale, a fellow New Yorker, www.multivu.com, presentations on corporate branding and online marketing by J. Michael Roach, www.caledonvirtual.com , who is one of the most delightful human beings I’ve had the pleasure of encountering and presentations on digital marketing by Tim Carroll and Bill Miller.
The atmosphere was electric, buzzing and energized. A hundred people or so enthusiastically shared their information, their experiences and their vast collective wisdom. Stories were shared, humor abounded and friendships and professional contacts blossomed like flowers in the spring. Always foremost was a pervading sense of ethics and integrity which are the hallmarks of the credible reporter or story teller when presenting their representation of reality. Concerns for the environment and conservation were paramount, for without healthy vibrant ecosystems, natural resource extraction and management of game and other wildlife, the world would be poorer and these marvelous people could not practice the crafts that they love.
Also, I am pleased to report that the food was quite good, such as melt-in-your mouth BBQ and moist buttery crisp-crusted fried chicken.