Welcoming Demonstrators to the West

Note: At convention last week I mentioned that we are committed to being creative and innovative in sharing Stampin’ Up! with new people. This week, Stampin’ Up! had an unexpected opportunity to do something innovative and exciting, and because of the nature of this opportunity, the only time we could explore it was this week/weekend. Consequently, I ended up leaving our international incentive trip early. The departure was unplanned, and I was disappointed to not be able to spend this time with our international demonstrators, but they were very kind and understanding. I asked Sara to guest blog about the incentive trip for me. . . .

We said goodbye this morning to our international demonstrators who had earned this year’s incentive trip to Utah! What a great few days we’ve had with them!

Many of them arrived in Utah early to attend Convention 2013 last week. Those who didn’t come early were all here by Sunday evening, where we gathered at the gorgeous St. Regis in Park City for our welcome dinner on an outside deck of the hotel. The dinner was spectacular—yummy food, amazing surroundings (hotel in the mountains), and the best company ever!

Monday and Thursday were both free days, which our demonstrators filled with shopping, sightseeing (a river trip, Olympic Park, walking through historic Park City, etc.), and relaxing. These ladies know how to shop—many bought an extra suitcase just to take home all their goodies (pillow gifts, convention prize patrols and giveaways, and shopping finds)! Monday night was a swap, which included more visiting; it was great to see our demonstrators from all over the world getting to know each other better.

Tuesday and Wednesday we had organized day trips—Tuesday we visited our Riverton home office and Wednesday they flew to southern Utah to tour the Kanab facility. Many of the demonstrators commented that those two trips were highlights for them. They were greeted at the Riverton home office by employees cheering them as they walked through the door. . . an emotional welcome for many. They toured the home office, did Make & Takes, and got to visit with our employees and put names with faces.

On Wednesday, we chartered a flight to St. George (made the news—it was the largest plane to land in the St. George airport!) and then drove our demonstrators to Kanab, where they got to tour the manufacturing facility and see where our stamps begin. They also enjoyed a BBQ in Kanab and got to fly over several southern Utah parks and sightseeing destinations.

Thursday night was a fantastic final event at a ranch in Heber—the perfect Western setting for our last event together. We had “Utah” food (Utah-grown beef, Utah trout, Utah heirloom tomatoes. . . everything raised or grown in Utah), fried doughnuts and s’mores over the fire, country music, and line dancing—we had a ball! 

I enjoyed catching up with demonstrators I’d met before and meeting other demonstrators for the first time. They were an amazing group—so gracious and appreciative and friendly. Their energy was high, and they clearly love what they are doing!

Mom and I were especially excited to host our demonstrators here in Utah, a wonderful opportunity to show them our home. They got to see so much that Utah has to offer. . .gorgeous mountains, awesome red rocks, our roots in Kanab, and our home in Riverton. And even more importantly, two amazing groups of people—our Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and our Stampin’ Up! employees—got to get to know each other a little bit better.