Great Performances & Billionaires!

Do you remember back in September when I hosted a giveaway for my hubby’s newly released book, Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century?

Well, we just had its official launch, so I thought I’d follow up with a photo story of the evening for you.

The event was held at the Old Firehouse Wine Bar. It was booked by reserved seating, and was filled to capacity!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances Launch

Notice the … & Billionaires? More to come on that!

Special thanks to Jeff Downey, owner of the Old Firehouse Wine Bar, for providing the venue, and to Jeff and his team for ensuring the evening ran smoothly from start to finish!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

A quick photo opp with Jeff and Clemens before the evening got started.

And another of Clemens before his guests arrived…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

My Dad made the book stand for Clemens’ a few years ago for his cook books. Who knew it would become a display stand for his very own authored book?

This was the ‘Billionaire Basket’, given as our door prize for the evening…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

I know, what’s up with the billionaire piece? Patience, patience!

Four copies of Great Performances were also given away throughout the evening in random draws.

Another special thank you goes out to Julie Salisbury of Influence Publishing.

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Clemens will be the first to tell you that without Julie, this book would not be the publication it ultimately became. Julie coached Clemens through the writing and publishing process from beginning to hard copy end!

Clemens raised his glass in gratitude and thanks to Julie…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

And in that glass was a Billionaire cocktail! All part of the theme!

Then the evening got underway with Clemens reading small sections from his book…

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

After each section there was a pause for questions/answers and discussion about the content. No question was off limits, and no answer was left undone. Clemens, a believer in having an exit strategy, was asked what his own strategy was… and if you were in the room, you were the first group ever to actually hear what his strategy is!

And then the moment all door prize ticket holders were waiting for… the draw for the Billionaire’s basket!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Have you figured out what all the billionaire buzz was about yet?

Here’s the thing. Jeff specializes in vintage cocktails, and for this event he introduced a prohibition era cocktail called The Billionaire! And so, to play on the theme and make the evening complete, we put together this billionaire’s basket filled with all the ingredients to make the infamous cocktail.

First, Jeff’s recipe.

Billionaire Cocktail recipe by Jeff Downey

A set of Villeroy & Boch cocktail glasses.

Villeroy & Boch Cocktail Glasses

And all the cocktail fixings!

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

Also included were gift certificates from The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Impact Visual, and Clemens himself!

Clemens Rettich - Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

And of course, a copy of Great Performances to make the basket complete!

Great Performances & Billionaires

Then the drum roll for the draw…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century by Clemens Rettich

And the lucky winner of the basket was Barb Stevens, owner of Hair at 60 Queens!

Congratulations, Barb! We couldn’t be more pleased 🙂

But like all great performances, this great evening eventually came to an end…

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century by Clemens Rettich

With Clemens’ final words to his guests,

‘That’s it. You’re on. Break a leg.’

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Can I just say, I’m pretty proud of my author!

Great Performances: The Small Business Script for the 21st Century

With any great performance, there’s always so much that goes on behind the scenes, and that’s where I came in. My job was to help take care of the details! 🙂

But I thought to wrap this up, you might like to see a quick behind-the-scenes shot of Clemens in full-on work mode. When he’s not out meeting with clients, he is often in the office Skyping with ones who don’t live nearby.

Can you tell he loves what he does? No, the smile was not for the camera – he didn’t know I was creeping him to take this shot!

For more information on Clemens’ book, click here. To learn more about his business, visit www.clemensrettich.com

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Clemens’ book launch, to all of you who have purchased a book, and to you, my readers for following along! Thank you for being part of this journey!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller 

29 Replies to “Great Performances & Billionaires!”

    1. Thanks, Meesh! We work well together, because he loves to be out there doing the ‘doing’ part of it all, and I’m waaaay better at taking care of the details behind the scenes. And I’m always up for an evening of cocktails and wine 😉

  1. It’s really fun to scroll backward from that fantastic photo of you and Clemens all the way up to the Old Firehouse Wine Bar Billionaire sign!! Great follow up article Sheila ~ you must be really proud of Clemens and the two of you pulled off the presentation with panache!! Until next time, cheers

    1. Thank you SO MUCH, Leigh for coming out and supporting Clemens and the launch – you are always so awesome at showing your support, and it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed! I really appreciated seeing you there! I agree, cheers… until next time!!!

  2. What a fabulous event for Clemens and BIG congratulations! This is awesome and you two are a great team Sheila…lucky to have each other:) This gives new meaning to “Do what you love”….what a great inspiration to so many!! BTW…you look so good!!

  3. Aw… I can see and hear how proud you are of your husband Such an exciting time for him and I can tell you are so happy for him! And what a beautiful picture of the two of you!! You both look so happy.

  4. Huge congrats to the both of you. Clemens must have an amazing woman behind him, supporting him 😉 Looks like such a great night. I’m off to check out his site to find out what this book is all about 🙂

  5. What a wonderful evening, Sheila! I’m so happy for you and your husband and I wish all the success!

    You are so beautiful together!

    By the way, thank you so much for stopping by… it’s always a gift reading your comments, my friend.

    Big hugs, sweetie.

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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