The Pintys Grand Slam of Curling - Players Championship
Although it seems strange to be writing about Curling on the first day of June we have a good reason. All three of OmniWorx Inc’s Principals spent a week in April volunteering at the Players Championship which is part of the Grand Slam of Curling Tour. The Players Championship happens every April at the former Maple Leaf Gardens now known as the Mattamy Athletic Centre and is part of Ryerson University.
As volunteers, Phil, Mary and Jack spent most of their time watching some of the top curlers in the world face off from the best seats in the house. Right behind the scoreboards for the sheet. As timekeepers and scorers they sat right on the ice level and had a really great perspective on the game and the players.
“I still can’t get over the feeling when I’m only feet away from curlers like Rachel Holman, Jennifer Jones and Brad Gushue. … I found it really humanizes these larger than life people I’ve seen on TV almost all my life.” ~ Jack Henry | Principal, Graphic Design
Volunteering for this event is something that the Principals enjoy doing together every year and they all look forward to having the opportunity to do it again in 2020!
HOW Design Live in Chicago
In the second week of May Jack attended the HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago. He attended sessions on Brand Templating, Marketing as a Freelancer, Networking, Presenting, Using LinkedIn to Build a Brand and How to Continue to Cure Clients Pain. Jack also attended a session that presented Logo Lounges 2019 Logo Trend Report. Jack connected with a number of Creatives south of the border including a designer at a startup making an app that allows businesses to build their own smartphone app. He also connected with a former connection who had moved to the city last year.
“It was a great experience to go.” said Jack, “I think that it gives me a lot to bring back to our clients not just from the sessions I attended but I also am bringing back a number of new potential suppliers that will allow OmniWorx to expand and provide our clients with an expanded range of services and capabilities.” These suppliers included brand templating software, revision software, companies that print labels directly on glass bottles and companies the produce expansive fabric displays.
It wasn’t all business in the windy city though. Jack had a little bit of time to explore the city including checking out Chicago icons such as the River Walk, the Willis (Sears) Tower and Cloud Gate, aka The Bean. By recommendation, Jack also took in a Architectural River Tour which was a great introduction to the city on his first afternoon.