Leadership, Time Management

Make Each Day Great

Gary C. Sain was one of the hardest working men in the hospitality industry. He was known for packing more into a day than most of us do in a week and I have fond memories of him walking around the rock garden of YPB&R while on conference calls in order to get his number of steps in for the day.

He thought the world of his family and had his youngest daughter intern in almost every department at the agency so she could get a feel for agency life. He also thought of the agency as his family and took care of us with some of the most amazing rewards we could possibly imagine through his connections throughout the hospitality industry. His infectious laugh, his sense of humor and his comfortableness with wearing that elf costume that one Christmas, made our environment feel a lot lighter.

With his move to Visit Orlando, I really missed his presence at the agency but he was always willing to stop for a second at industry events and ask how I was doing. One of the last times I saw him we were hopping onto Soarin’ at EPCOT during MPI-WEC and he stopped a moment to say he was interested in hearing my opinion on how meeting planners are consuming media.

But the greatest impact he has had in my life is unfortunately the fact that he is no longer in it. I attended his funeral on Saturday and the event struck a dormant cord of living life completely to the fullest, and appreciating every moment and every one who you are spending it with, and having no regrets, because tomorrow may never come and so you need to make each day great.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog as I continue on my life’s journey. I wish you all the best in your own life and I am grateful that you read my entries and visit my site each week and let me be a part of it.

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2 thoughts on “Make Each Day Great”

  1. Thank you Patti for this tribute to my dad. I didn’t know he was a “pacer” at YPB&R – but it sounds right! He was always making the most of everything. Even a conference call could double as exercise when coupled with a walk 🙂 I miss him so much, but I’m so pleased to see he genuinely impacted so many such as yourself. Never lose the zest for life you feel in these moments – it’s after everything is said and done that matters. Keep this feeling with you.

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