I had chicken for dinner last night along with hundreds of others in a group setting, many of whom were winners. The origins of this poultry reference are not definitive. Some say it’s a phrase from skeet shooting in Minnesota, others say it’s a reference to a past $1.79 meal deal in Nevada. I like watching Guy Fieri’s shows on TV, and he uses the expression a lot, though this recipe is more of a tasty lunch than a dinner.
Just when you thought this blog post would be informal, quite the opposite. Last night I was fortunate enough to formally attend the 10th Annual American Business Awards New Products & Tech Awards presentation banquet. How lucky am I! It was an honor being there on behalf of my colleagues @Drobo, those who built the Drobo B1200i, which was being recognized. It turned out to be the most memorable award event I have ever attended: the Julia Morgan ballroom on the 15th floor of the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco. The highlight was accepting the award for the Drobo B1200i SSD in the Best New Product or Service, Hardware, Storage category.
While the dinner was also fabulous (guess what was for dinner?), the Stevie® award trophy is truly something special. The name of the award, “Stevie,” is taken from the name “Stephen,” which is derived from the Greek for “crowned.” Approximately 16 inches tall, hand-cast and finished in 24-karat gold, a crystal pyramid held aloft representing the hierarchy of human needs. A lot heavier than it looks, I got a few interesting looks carrying it home on BART. A very cool experience, especially as it is one of the world’s most coveted prizes for business.
Net = Thank you to the 17 members of the final judging committee and the many more preliminary round judges for recognizing what Drobo has accomplished for businesses. Building on the ease of use and affordability Drobo is known for among professionals and businesses, our B1200i provides both capacity and performance in a new and unique way that changes how businesses of all sizes store and protect critical data. Thanks to the hardworking members of the Drobo team for their efforts. Most of all, thank you to our business customers, for whom we work hard develop products like the B1200i, without you there would be no Drobo to win and accept a Stevie, or any award.