Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere...
You Never Know WHO Might Attend!
The Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere is always a "can't miss" for me. And even though the MIDNIGHT Premieres are a bit past my bedtime, I can't resist being there to join in the excitement. With the annual July Event just a few days away, I'm reminded of my favorite "Ornament Premiere Encounter".
In recent years there has been a VIP visitor at the MIDNIGHT ornament premiere in a local Kansas City Hallmark Store. DONALD HALL, JR ! Yes, Donald Hall, Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Cards!
Mr. Hall arrived at midnight, introduced himself to the store manager and explained that he stopped by to observe the reaction of the ornament collectors to the new Keepsake Ornament Line. He wasn't out for any VIP treatment, introductions, or fanfare, in fact he'd prefer to go un-noticed. He just wanted to stand back and observe collectors reactions as they viewed the new line of ornaments for the first time. He was friendly when a few Local Club Members approached him and even posed for photos when asked, but really just wanted to see first hand the response to the new ornament line.
Just think about it...
Donald Hall, Jr is CEO of one of the most respected and profitable companies in the nation. The Hall Family is of Billionaire status, and their Hall Family Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. This man has thousands of employees working for him, any of which he could have asked to go into a store, observe, and have a full report on his desk Monday Morning. Yet, he did it himself, not just one year, but several.
Donald Hall, Jr spending his Friday Night at a Hallmark store, that tells me he really does care about ornament collectors opinions and strives to make sure his company is producing Keepsake Ornaments that collectors will love.
Mr. Hall, you've impressed me...and I hope to see you out there this weekend looking over our shoulders once again!