Big thank you to the Charlotte Business Journal. I was honored to be part of their 40 under 40 presentation this week. It was held at the Knight Theater which means I got to walk by the Firebird. Couldn't resist taking a picture (but we cut off his head! oops.)
The theme this year was "Charlotte's Got Talent," and the Journal asked us to reveal a hidden talent. At first, I thought that was pretty dopey. These are supposed to be the future leaders of Charlotte. Do we really want to watch bankers and lawyers (and radio hosts) tap dancing or reciting the alphabet backwards? But it turned out to be very well done and a lot of fun.
There was a juggler and a guy who stood on his head, you also had two experts (sharks and Carolina basketball), and a woman who could be in two places at once (she's a identical twin). Katie Bisbee of Donors Choose spoke Bombara (the language of Mali, West Africa) and Tariq Bokhari stole the show by getting out his guitar and riffing on Business Journal Headlines of the day ("I got those.. would you support the elimination of Saturday mail delivery… blues"). Pictures below (Thanks to Episode XI Studios)
Tariq works at Wells Fargo, but he's better known as the founder of Strengthen Charlotte, and he ran for city council last year. I asked him if he was going to get back into politics. He said, probably not right now. He said he enjoyed meeting and talking to people, but didn't like the wheeling and dealing of it all. I predict he'll be back (he's only 29 so I think that's a pretty safe prediction!).
My talent? Counting carbs. You know me, can't miss the chance to talk about type 1 diabetes. I explained that for us, food means math, and I tallied up the carbs in some of the yummy appetizers they'd passed around at the cocktail hour. They were tiny tapas, so I guessed about 3 carbs in the tuna (there was a sweet sauce with it) to probably close to 30 for the apple streudel. I said 20 for the crab cakes and 12 for the fabulous little espresso mousse cups. I had seconds on those, just to make sure.
Oh, and a big thanks to our fabulous emcee, Larry Sprinkle. The WCNC weatherman is always a blast and he didn't disappoint. Plus, I found out he gets up even earlier than me. 1:45am! Now, that's a talent.
Thanks again to Episode XI Studios in Charlotte. They have more pictures of this event, and many others, on their site.