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!
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!
A quick photo opp with Jeff and Clemens before the evening got started.
And another of Clemens before his guests arrived…
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…
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 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…
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…
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!
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.
A set of Villeroy & Boch cocktail glasses.
And all the cocktail fixings!
And of course, a copy of Great Performances to make the basket complete!
Then the drum roll for the draw…
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…
With Clemens’ final words to his guests,
‘That’s it. You’re on. Break a leg.’
Can I just say, I’m pretty proud of my author!
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!
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