Category Archives: April 2007


“Wedding Vows” Keeps On Trucking Hi Ron, Thanks for your article “Wedding Vows” in Parks & Rec Business. I enjoyed reading it and couldn’t agree more. I too am from an Italian family, born and raised in New York. Family memories are the best and helped to mold who I am today. I now live in Florida and most of my family is gone, so the memories are all I have. I married a man from Italy twenty years ago … Continue reading

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Product Review

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Live Long And Prosper

Fans of the classic TV and film series Star Trek are familiar with Mr. Spock’s Vulcan farewell phrase, and it serves equally well as a manager’s mantra when strategizing about an organization’s ability not only to survive, but to thrive. Being aware of the interplay between a product’s or service’s typical development and its surrounding market conditions empowers mangers to “bake” the perfect “pie,” creating and taking advantage of promising opportunities to grow into the future. Product Life Cycle Through … Continue reading

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The Globalization of Sport

Lately, I’ve been reading a book by Thomas Friedman of The New York Times called The World Is Flat. The book discusses globalization and outlines how we can easily communicate with countries around the globe and what it all means–at least to him. In January, I re-learned what it means to me. At that time, my organization, the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), hosted a special meeting of international representatives to discuss our ongoing international sport initiative, Game On! … Continue reading

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Let’s Hit the Beach!

Just because you don’t have a pool or access to a lake doesn’t mean you can’t offer fun, creative, healthy aquatics programming. Here are 12 ideas sure to please even the most discerning customer: Summer sand castle fun Ask a local construction or gravel company to donate a truck full of sand. (If that doesn’t work, offer to pay!) Find an out-of-the-way place where kids can have unstructured play in the sand. Toss out plastic buckets, milk jugs and plastic … Continue reading

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