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Thursday, April 21- What an exciting time for EWN! Jim & James give you the highlights of what’s to be expected at our big EWNCON. Register today using EWN200. You don’t want to miss this event. The event will be held in Arlington, TX, May 16-18, 2022.

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Episode Transcript

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Jim:  : [0:24] James, top of the morning to you, my friend. Top of the morning. How are you today? [0:00]

James:  : [0:28] Man it is…Every time, every time that I get on here and it’s just us two, I know it’s gonna be something special. [0:00]

Jim:  : [0:40] Can we use the term unique? [0:00]

James:  : [0:43] Unique? We’re trying to get away from our crutch words special and exciting, so we’ll try not to use that any more today. But it is, it is EWNCON season at Energy Worldnet. [0:00]

Jim:  : [0:56] It is almost here. Can you believe it? [0:00]

James:  : [1:00] Yeah. [0:00]

Jim:  : [1:00] It is almost here. [0:00]

James:  : [1:00] Man, I’m wearing that last part where, um, I really enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite things. I’m sure my team feels differently, but… [0:00]

Jim:  [1:09] I’m sure that they hate it, it’s a love‑hate thing. They love it, but… [0:00] [1:12] [crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [1:12] No, no, no, they’ll love it when it’s over, also. Um, but that kind of polishing phase. Oh, we’re still…A lot of work going on to, don’t get me wrong. But where you think about the little things and, and that’s where it’s been fun. [0:00] [1:25] And, you know, we’re out of practice, Jimmy. It’s, it’s been a minute since we had an EWN conference. [0:00]

Jim:  : [1:33] Uh, I’m going back in my head five goes [?] in two carried A / 9. [0:00]

James:  : [1:38] 29, 2019 since we had one, and I don’t know about you, man, but, uh, that, so, by the time we have it, I think it’s 31 months since the last one which… [0:00]

Jim:  : [1:51] Wow, wow. [0:00]

James:  : [1:51] All right, let’s, let’s rewind a little bit, Jimmy. I want you, all right, I want you to picture this. [0:00]

Jim:  : [1:56] Um, bring me on. [0:00]

James:  : [1:56] This is the dream, dream sequence, right? I wanna go back. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:00] Bring me. [0:00]

James:  : [2:00] It’s 2019. It’s October of 2019. All right. Think about where you were, what was going on in your life. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:07] I remember… [0:00]

James:  : [2:08] This is pre‑pandemic. OK? [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:09] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [2:09] If you remember, pandemic was more March 2020 timeframe. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:13] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [2:13] More than likely. If you are listening to this show, you probably had never even heard of the coronavirus. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:21] We didn’t. [0:00]

James:  : [2:23] At all. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:24] No. I didn’t. [0:00]

James:  : [2:26] Probably didn’t. So you were probably just chilling on your couch in October on a fall day, waiting for some football to start, you know, Tom Brady still winning. Um, I mean 31 months ago, but he still, [laughs] he probably went to the Super Bowl. [0:00] [2:41] But a lot has went on in those last 31 months. So we got a lot of catching up to do, man. Lot of catching up to do, it’s gonna be quite the reunion. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:53] It is. [0:00] [[2:54] crosstalk] [0:00] [0:00] [

James:  : [2:55] xx]. [0:00]

Jim:  : [2:55] [?] I believe a reunion for, uh, so many. Um, i‑, it’s…I mean, we’re even…You know, “Coffee with Jim & James” started after that in the pandemic. And we’ve been doing this for two years now. [0:00]

James:  : [3:07] That’s a really good point. Think about that, 31 months ago there was no “Coffee with Jim & James.” [0:00]

Jim:  : [3:12] I didn’t even know how to use a Zoom call then, right? [0:00]

James:  : [3:15] It’s. [0:00]

Jim:  : [3:15] That’s [xx]. [0:00]

James:  : [3:17] Yeah. I mean that’s, that’s reality but, um, a lot, a lot of reunions. We’re actually going to have a “Coffee with Jim & James” reunion while we’re there. We’ve invited a bunch of folks and, uh, if, if you’re hearing it for the, the first time, you gotta join us. [0:00]

Jim:  : [3:31] You have to join us. [0:00]

James:  : [3:32] Uh, it’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be fun. [0:00]

Jim:  : [3:34] James, for me this is unique because in 2017, when I was CEO of Thigpen, I was actually guest. We brought a LNG tanker in to the Fort Worth Motor Speedway in the infield… [0:00] [[3:49] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [3:49] Yeah, Texas, Texas Motor Speedway back in 2017 and then also in 2019. 2017, uh, obviously, you were, uh, not with Energy Worldnet. [0:00]

Jim:  : [4:01] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [4:01] Uh, but, but on the other side, so the sponsor side. But you know, we do things big, man. Our conference is kind of, kind of… [0:00]

Jim:  : [4:10] The repu‑. [0:00] [0:00] …

James:  : [4:11] have a reputation. [0:00]

Jim:  : [4:10] The reputation. I was gonn‑, just gonna say that, you took the words out of my mouth because when I knew into 2017, when we were made aware, I’m like, “We have got to be there. We have got to be there.” And, uh, and people said, “How are we gonna just attend?” I said, “No, we’re bringing in an LNG tanker.” And if you know what that is, that’s a semi truck pulling a… [0:00]

James:  : [4:33] It’s a two truck, yeah. [0:00]

Jim:  : [4:33] Oh, man. So it’s, it’s great. But the reputation precedes itself. And again, this is our biennial, not biannual, which I had to. Biennial… [0:00]

James:  : [4:45] You scared, you scared the whole brand thing. They almost quit. That’s, that was really close. I had to do it twice a year. I don’t know if I could keep ’em motivated. Uh, it does have quite the reputation, man, and this is no different, Jimmy. Um, we are, so we, we’ve been waiting to have this event now for two years. [0:00]

Jim:  : [5:04] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [5:04] If you remember, we, we started down this path last year and, uh, you know, then things happened, things changed. So we bumped it ahead, uh, to May this year, hoping, um, you know, we’d be coming out of the pandemic, and, and be able to enjoy it in person, and we’re blessed to be able to do that. [0:00] [5:23] So we’re having it at Texas Live! Um, if you’re not familiar with that, that’s in Arlington, Texas, right in the heart of DFW. And [coughs] if you’ve never been to Texas Live! the cool part there…You, and you may have been Jimmy, you’ve probably been to other, uh, places like Texas Live! I know I’ve been to, like, Kansas City Live! I think in, in… [0:00]

Jim:  : [5:43] St. Louis Live! Which is like the same type of venue. [0:00] [[5:46] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [5:46] Yeah, so that big wraparound sports, centric….Uh. [0:00] [0:00] [

Jim:  : [5:49] xx] floors. [0:00]

James:  : [5:51] Right, right, right. [0:00]

Jim:  : [5:52] Stablishments all around. I mean… [0:00]

James:  : [5:52] Awesome audiovisual. [0:00]

Jim:  : [5:57] Oh! [0:00]

James:  : [5:58] Um, you know, full wraparounds. Got a ticker. You can customize everything, and you know us, we, we’re pumped about that part. But… [0:00]

Jim:  : [6:06] Oh, yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [6:06] …Texas Live! The unique thing about Texas Live! is if you’re not familiar with, with that area, that’s where the old Ballpark, uh, ‑‑ Rangers ballpark ‑‑ was, and is, continues to be. So it’s right across the street from Texas Live! [0:00] [6:21] Then, right across the other way, is the new Rangers Ballpark, and I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of ’em. I don’t know the sponsors. [0:00] [[6:29] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [6:29] But where the Rangers play baseball. Uh, the new stadium. So, that’s, that’s right there. I mean walking distance to either one of those, and then right, um, behind it or right down another direction is, um, the Cowboys stadium. So, AT&T there. So, very, very cool. Very, uh, I mean, right in the heart. It’s…Awesome places right down there to party. Uh, it’s gonna be a lot of fun. [0:00] [6:57] So, I mean, the venue alone, we like venues, you know, we were… [0:00]

Jim:  : [7:02] We do. [0:00]

James:  : [7:03] They got Texas Motor Speedway, was pretty cool. So, we were trying to think of a way to top that. And once we got in that space and saw everything we could do, we felt like we could really create a conference that really got people excited about being their vendors, sponsors, attendees. I mean, heck, EWN people are like excited to be in that venue. [0:00]

Jim:  : [7:27] James, that venue is spectacular, and I know that our conference is a mixture of so much stuff. I mean, the vibe for this place is intense, you know. Just being there is gonna be great. And everybody that knows us in the industry, and let’s go a little bit deeper here in a second. But first and foremost, we love fellowship, networking, relationships, culture, you know, all those things. [0:00] [7:52] The conference itself is May 16th, 17th, and 18th. [0:00]

James:  : [7:55] That’s right. [0:00]

Jim:  : [7:55] Which is a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. And I believe, uh, let’s go a little bit deeper in a second. But some of the fun things we’re doing, let’s, let’s let people know some of the fun stuff besides being… [0:00]

James:  : [8:06] So we, we always kind of have some big fun thing planned, right? So, uh, so a part of this one, you can…When you sign up you can, um, opt into or, or, um, sign up to go to…We’re gonna be…We’ve purchased. I don’t know we’re in it. What do you call that? Suites. We have two suites at the Rangers game. [0:00] [8:30] So, uh, the angels are gonna be in town. And so right after the conference ‑‑ we’re all just such a big group, uh, those that kind of opted into that ‑‑ we’ll, uh, head over to the game, and to the…In the brand‑new Ballpark, you know. Kind of the place to be this year, that new Ranger Stadium. [0:00]

Jim:  : [8:47] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [8:48] Um, it’s gonna be a lot of fun. So, a lot of fun there. There’s golf, there’s, um, you know, there’s gonna be a lot of networking, some great receptions. Uh, like I said, that reception, the welcome reception, and then also the Rangers one. [0:00] [9:00] So, uh, unique opportunity, maybe something you may have always wanted to do or, or, uh, like you said, unique, uh, really, really neat experience for somebody who’s a baseball fan. [0:00]

Jim:  : [9:14] It might…[xx] That’s a great experience onto itself. [xx] But also, am I gonna give the keynote talk this year? [0:00]

James:  : [9:24] No. [0:00]

Jim:  : [9:24] Am I up for it? [0:00]

James:  : [9:27] No, but I, I do hear, I did hear you have a, a large part in, in part of the intro as well. I think there’s a couple of really important folks that, that’ll, uh… [0:00] [0:00] [

Jim:  : [9:36] xx]. [0:00]

James:  : [9:37] …be bringing it home. Uh, there may be a spot for, for some certain people, but, uh. No, this year we went with one keynote, which we kind of been dwindling down. Uh, the first year, I think we had 27 keynotes. Uh, no, but…And then we kind of went down, on this year we’re, we’re gonna close with, uh, Tim Kennedy. [0:00] [9:58] So if you’re familiar with Tim Kennedy, he is a veteran. Oh, man. He is a, a monster, just rough and tough. [0:00]

Jim:  : [10:06] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [10:06] Um, he’s, he’s got a great story. Uh, he’s also a…he was an MMA fighter. [0:00]

Jim:  : [10:12] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [10:12] I’m sure he’ll still whoop you, if, if you wanted to get into it. There’s no doubt about it. But we’re kicking off a campaign we’re calling “Be Brave” and a lot of us have heard us talk about that. It means so many different things to so many people and, uh, he’s gonna bring that to life for us to kind of close the conference down which, we really need. [0:00] [10:33] And hopefully, uh, we’ll be able to hang out a little bit and answer some questions and stuff. So, Tim Kennedy, pretty cool dude, coming up from Austin and, uh, we’re excited to, to have him close it down. [0:00]

Jim:  : [10:43] That’s awesome. [0:00] [[10:45] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [10:45] Gonna be neat, man. There’s, there’s a lot, man. There’s, uh, the keynotes, the panels, there’s training galore, uh, you know. We’re, we’re, we take training periods pretty serious here. [0:00]

Jim:  : [10:56] [laughs] We, you know, we, we, we hit on some of the very fun aspects and some of the, you know, jovial fellowship and relationships. [0:00]

James:  : [11:06] Yeah. [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:06] But you hit on panels. Let’s, let’s touch on there a second, because one thing that we do at Energy Worldnet is really tapped into a lot of our resources, meaning our industry partners out in the world. And, uh, I think we have a few panels, I think I’ve heard rumor that partnerships in innovation might be one panel discussion? Is that a… [0:00]

James:  : [11:29] Yeah, got some great folks on there. Um, I mean, I’m not a name‑dropper, are you a name‑dropper, Jim? [0:00] [[11:34] crosstalk] [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:35] Oh, I am. Especially on one of [xx]. [0:00]

James:  : [11:36] Some of the folks…Do it. [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:38] Well, one might be clock spring [xx], which is very near and dear to this home. [0:00]

James:  : [11:43] I’ve heard about them [0:00] [[11:44] crosstalk] [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:44] [xx] there. Uh, another organization that you may have heard of, James, called Primrose. [0:00]

James:  : [11:48] I’ve heard of them. [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:50] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [11:51] I’ve heard of them. Yeah. [0:00]

Jim:  : [11:50] You may have also heard of a organization, uh, with Brian Wallem. [0:00]

James:  : [11:57] Oh, the Wallem groups. Yeah, that’s an interesting story. [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:00] So… [0:00]

James:  : [12:00] So lots of good stuff, partners in innovation. Uh, that’ll be cool. Lo‑, I love hearing the stories. Panels are my favorite to be on and, uh, to watch because they’re really where…You know, a lot of times you can get some questions in, ask some real questions, learn from things that they’re doing, and, and that’s really what it’s about. Um, very… [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:22] You know what I love about panels? Is when the panels themselves start to feed off each other. [0:00]

James:  : [12:26] Mm‑hmm. Who’s the moderator of the partner’s one? [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:28] Uh, I, I think that might be the, the… [0:00]

James:  : [12:33] Oh, he loves, he loves when you call him the. [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:37] Dr. Matt Joyner. [0:00]

James:  : [12:39] That’s right. Yeah. [0:00] [[12:40] crosstalk] [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:40] Yeah. So he’s gonna… [0:00]

James:  : [12:41] He is a massive…Uh, just if you never got to see, uh, Matt Joyner, Dr. Matt Joyner in action. He’s masterful as a moderator, uh, he brings the best out of panelists for sure. [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:51] Yeah, absolutely. [0:00]

James:  : [12:52] What else? What else we got? [0:00]

Jim:  : [12:53] Uh, next one, leadership…Uh, leaders in safety and compliance, leadership in safety and compliance. [0:00]

James:  : [12:59] Yeah, yeah, so. [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:00] That is an important topic. [0:00]

James:  : [13:01] Yeah, again, another one of those, the Brian Dresel… [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:05] The Brian Dresel. [0:00]

James:  : [13:05] …moderating that one. [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:06] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [13:05] Uh, so I’m, I’m showing up if Brian Dresel is reading the, uh, phone book, I’m showing up, um… [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:16] Yeah, and I’m listening. [0:00]

James:  : [13:16] But, but we, we got some great folks on that too. Uh, I’ll let your name‑drop [xx], I know you got a cheat sheet over there, but, uh… [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:22] A, a, a, a few people that might come to mind, uh, not only near [?] your door, EWN heart, Steven Alan. Uh… [0:00]

James:  : [13:28] Oh, yeah. Steve. [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:30] We were…We’re covering, uh, regulator from the State of Indiana, GPAC and all of those things. [0:00]

James:  : [13:35] The best. [xx]. Its intro goes on longer than the show. [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:39] He’s wonderful. Uh, Mr., my frie‑, our friend. I just saw Steven Mayfield from the city of Tallahassee… [0:00]

James:  : [13:45] Yeah, friend of the show. [0:00] [0:00] …

Jim:  : [13:46] Uh, recently. Yep, recently and we were together at a, uh, Florida Natural Gas Association event. So Steven will be joining us. [0:00]

James:  : [13:53] Oh, that’s our APG, a sore winner over there at Tallahassee. [0:00]

Jim:  : [13:59] Yeah, yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [14:00] Great, great work. [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:01] Uh, I, I think from, uh, Huntsville Utilities [xx]. [0:00]

James:  : [14:06] [xx]. I’m so… [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:08] [xx] be joining us. [0:00]

James:  : [14:09] Yeah, yep, yep. Always good to see those folks. I saw, uh, John [?] Rosefsky, uh… [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:15] Yeah. [0:00] [0:00] …

James:  : [14:15] last year at APGA. And, uh, we talked about [?] then Steve’s, Steve’s instrumental to get him on that panel. Should be neat, it’s fiery folks on there. And I, I think we have one more, don’t we, Jimmy? [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:28] Well, we do have another, uh, panel. [0:00] [14:30] [coughs] [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:30] And I’m… [0:00]

James:  : [14:32] You may be keeping that one a little secret. [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:33] Which one? The last one? [0:00]

James:  : [14:35] Mm‑hmm. Maybe it’s a, uh, it’s gonna to be some stories. I, I’ll say it’s client‑centric, and so we’re gonna be hearing from clients and, and some different ways they’re utilizing the platform. [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:47] Yep. [0:00]

James:  : [14:49] And, uh, there’s gonna be some great stories on there, I’ll put it that way. [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:52] Yeah, it’s called… [0:00] [0:00] ‘

James:  : [14:53] Cause that…We’ll leave a little bit of a tease left on that one. [0:00] [14:56] [crosstalk] [0:00]

Jim:  : [14:56] You know what? It, it can… [0:00]

James:  : [14:58] Well, basically a professional marketer, basically. [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:00] Basically. Uh James. Go ahead. [0:00]

James:  : [15:03] Yeah. Oh, well, I was gonna say, uh, you know, the panels are my best, I mean, my favorite part, um, but also ‑‑ we mentioned it before ‑‑ when we are in a training company. [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:14] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [15:14] We’re very, very, uh, man, [xx] to make the world a safer place to work. [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:20] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [15:20] And, uh, so we do have quite a bit of training available like we do each year. I will say we have a, a very special thing that we…I mean, this is kind of hot off the presses, Jimmy, because we, we just learned about it, I think yesterday, but, or this morning even. But, uh, we have negotiated a deal, having negotiations, Jim. [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:42] How long? [0:00]

James:  : [15:43] Damn it! [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:43] Uh, days, weeks, hours? [0:00]

James:  : [15:45] I don’t, I don’t remember how long, that’s how long. [0:00]

Jim:  : [15:48] OK. [0:00]

James:  : [15:49] Uh, we [laughs] negotiated a‑, aggressively with our education department, and they have made a very, uh, awesome concession, in my opinion, to…We really do our best work in person. [0:00]

Jim:  : [16:02] You do. [0:00]

James:  : [16:02] We’ve done awesome work remotely, and done what we needed to do, and I’m, uh, very thankful to get to do that. However, we believe people learn really, really well in person. And so our education team said, “Well, how, how can we get more people there? To, to get there?” [0:00] [16:18] And so they, what they’ve done ‑‑ which I think is really cool ‑‑ is they’ve created our, so, our master evaluator certification program in CPU. [0:00]

Jim:  : [16:26] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [16:26] You may [xx] of your client. Um, we’re actually offering that live at the event, and I believe it is $499, and I believe that’s a $899 class or, or, or it’s high‑, higher than that, is what I mean. You can’t do the in person version anywhere close to that. And what I believe, I might be wrong, but I believe that includes the conference in that cost too. So, we’re talking front to back. [0:00] [[16:54] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [16:53] If you need to get trained, if you gotta do it anyway within the next 30 days, why not do it at Texas Live! and, and get all the other training, and exposure, and have the fun that we just talked about? [0:00]

Jim:  : [17:05] So are you, are you telling me that… [0:00]

James:  : [17:07] I think. [0:00]

Jim:  : [17:08] Well, it is. You know, what? If it’s on the Internet, it’s gotta be real, right? [0:00]

James:  : [17:13] Gotta be real. Uh, that’s what I’m saying. [0:00]

Jim:  : [17:13] $499 for [xx] which is an extreme…At, at $899 is an extreme value, $499 it is… [0:00]

James:  : [17:23] How [xx], Jimmy. If not, I bet they make it right. [laughs] [0:00]

Jim:  : [17:26] And they get admission to the conference, but being serious, so, this is the, the value and, and the beauty of it, and that’s what really attracted me back in the years back, that it was so…The EWNCONs are so full of so many segments of things of value. [0:00] [17:43] Whether it’s networking, relationships, training, uh, certifications, MECP, uh, you know, you spend, you know, two days there. [0:00]

James:  : [17:52] You’re, you’re dead on and while, while you kind of keep leading into that. I’m gonna pull up. I just hot off the presses again, man. This is how we’re going to roll today. Uh, I’m gonna pull up our training schedule and rea‑, just read off a few of the things, sessions we have. And this is…No one has this access right now, I’m breaking all the rules. [0:00]

Jim:  : [18:14] Wow! [0:00]

James:  : [18:15] I can do that. So, uh, it’s our culture. Um, no, I’m just kidding. So, let me read some of these sessions because I, I just want everybody to see that it’s not just, “Oh, we’re gonna go there and do some line locating training.” [0:00]

Jim:  : [18:30] Yeah. [0:00]

James:  : [18:30] I mean, this is really for anyone and everyone. You’re in a HR. Hey, I got a deal for you. You’re in accounting. Hey, I got a deal for you. You handle the assets. I got to do it for you. You wanna learn how to be a better employee or manage people not like you. I got a deal for you. I mean, there’s so many options, so let me read a few, ready? [0:00]

Jim:  : [18:51] Please, please. [0:00]

James:  : [18:52] Uh, myself and Ms. Veronica Mars, um, will be leading a session called, “Leading people not like you.” You may have heard that one before. [xx] Ashley and, uh, Scott. [xx] Scott as well. Uh, they will be using social media to learn, grow, and connect. How about that? We’ll learn how we’re so good at socials, we’ll teach you. [0:00] [19:13] Uh, let’s see, responding to gas leak calls. We’ve got, uh, recognizing complacency and avoiding shortcuts, uh, real life examples of SMS, uh, project management from concept to market. How cool is that? Using tracer to manage your assets. Um, so, as you can see, it’s across a lot of… [0:00] [19:38] We have a, a, women in leadership panel, uh, with some awesome folks, um, going from pioneers to pillars, uh, InfoSEC best practices. Le‑, lessons learned from incidence. I mean, we’re covering a broad spectrum. [0:00]

Jim:  : [19:55] Yeah. It’s just great. [0:00]

James:  : [19:55] It’s almost like there’s tracks you can get on, unofficial tracks, but they’re very obvious. If you’re compliance minded, there’s basically a track for you. If you’re more thinking leadership, there’s basically a track for you, um, and so on. [0:00] [20:10] So that’s a lot of what the training day on the final day is, and then there’ll be tons of vendor sessions, uh, where vendors can go a little more detailed than in, in some of the offerings that they have as well. [0:00]

Jim:  : [20:21] And those vendors bring so much value too when neighboring. [0:00]

James:  : [20:24] They really do, they really do. [0:00]

Jim:  : [20:26] Their, their equipment, their solutions, their best practices. [0:00] [[20:29] coughs] [0:00] [20:29] And that’s one thing, James. You and I talked about this a lot of, going to conferences. People say, you know, you’re there for three days. Yeah, for three days, I am there, which is great because to get that amount of contact with people, that amount of discussions, those amount of trainings, those amount of sessions. [0:00] [20:44] If I did ’em piecemeal, it, it could take me two months to do something like that, where I get it all in three days. And the beautiful thing about our industry ‑‑ and I, I love this about our industry ‑‑ is, the, the sharing of knowledge. And where people will hear a comment and say, “Yeah, yeah, that works. And also if you try this, that might also help you.” [0:00] [21:03] And all of a sudden the walls come down and people really start to talk about, again, why we all do this? Why I, I have a passion and purpose for our industry? And we want the best, you and I do. We want the best and the safest for our industry, and the most productive, and all those things. So… [0:00]

James:  : [21:19] It’s, it’s those…It’s definitely one of those conferences that bleeds into the receptions, that bleed into the, the after dinners and the morning after and stuff, to where you really have some conversations, a little more vulnerable conversations with some folks. [0:00] [21:37] Um, I’ve done it myself at our own conference, you know. I love this conference because I get to partake in it, finally, too. This is…I’ve been on the planning side for a long time and this is the first year I get to kind of sit back and enjoy it, and I’m pretty excited about that. [0:00]

Jim:  : [21:57] Um, I’m really excited. I, I love, I, I love it. I, I am very excited. James, uh, for our audience. [0:00] [22:05] [coughs] [0:00]

Jim:  : [22:05] I’m sure we have links and all that, that’s gonna be embedded in this. But again, May 16 through 18. [0:00]

James:  : [22:11] That’s correct. [0:00]

Jim:  : [22:11] But the [xx] to find more is? [0:00]

James:  : [22:14] Uh, go to, go to the website. Uh, you can go to the Energy Worldnet website, energyworldnet.com. Um, it’s very obvious, right there on home page, uh, or you can go to the conference website, which is EWNCON, like conference ewncon.com. So, very simple. [0:00]

Jim:  : [22:33] [xx]. [0:00]

James:  : [22:33] May 16th through 18th. Uh, we still got room for you. If you have any unique ideas, uh, you wanna bring, you know, a handful of people. You wanna, uh, bring your leadership team for a special retreat there and, and you want some extra love, uh, reach out to us. [0:00]

Jim:  : [22:51] Yes, please. [0:00]

James:  : [22:51] We’re always looking for opportunities to get more folks there and more folks involved. Um, there’s still…I believe there may be one sponsorship by this point. Where this airs, who knows, don’t hold us to that. But we’re, again, we’re always looking for opportunities for people and being involved. [0:00] [23:08] There’s digital sponsorship. I’m telling you, if you ever wanted to put your logo on a venue… [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:14] This is it. [0:00] [0:00] …

James:  : [23:14] this is the one. [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:16] Yeah. [0:00] [[23:17] crosstalk] [0:00]

James:  : [23:17] Pay for that even if you can’t attend because you’re gonna want your, your name and your company all over this space for sure. [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:26] Yeah, it, it’s, uh… [0:00] [[23:28] coughs] [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:28] It’ll leave you breathless when you see some of the pictures. If you haven’t been to one, please go to the website and look at some of the pictures, uh, especi‑… [0:00]

James:  : [23:36] I bet our marketing team will jump right in this post and, and throw down some, some images. [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:42] Oh, I see. [0:00]

James:  : [23:42] I just know, I know him, I know him too well. [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:45] Yeah, and I’ve seen some of the, them playing around, when they have fun it’s [?] on aspiring because they are very talented, a talented team of creatives. [0:00] [23:55] [crosstalk] [0:00]

Jim:  : [23:55] …you like that? [0:00]

James:  : [23:57] in the con, man. Somebody, a, if you know an EWN member, uh, check on ’em because they’re, they’re probably going through EWNCON right now, so they need a hug. All right. [0:00]

Jim:  : [24:12] Yeah. They’ve… [0:00]

James:  : [24:12] But, uh, Jimmy, it’s been great, man. [0:00]

Jim:  : [24:15] Absolutely, Sr. I’m glad we can bring this message to the audience. Uh, please check out the website. Everybody, have a great day. [0:00] [24:22] [background music] [0:00]

Jim:  : [24:22] We’ll see you next time on “Coffee with Jimmy and James.” [0:00]

James:  : [24:24] All right. Bye, bye brother. [0:00]

Jim:  : [24:26] Take care. [0:00]

James:  : [24:26] See you at the conference. [0:00]

James:  : [24:27] Oh, yeah. [0:00] [[24:28] music] [0:00]

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