I had Tigh drop me off at the airport for my 6pm flight. It was delayed 15mins but I did not think it was that big of deal. Ended up landing in Chicago over 1 hour late and had 8 mins to catch my flight to NYC. Needless to say I did not make it but they did let me switch to goto Newark which was the last flight out for the night to the New York City area. This of course is the really short version. So I am on that flight…. no clue where my bags are and to be honest I did not really care. I was just happy to not have to stay the night in Chicago.
So I got in to my hotel about 1am and course they had given away my room… but they upgraded me to a 2 bedroom + living room penthouse suite free of charge. Score! I met Dave downstairs for a few drinks then I crashed.
The next day we met Loren Feldman at the world famous Friars club for lunch. I also met Simeon Margolis from Utterz . We had a UNREAL lunch and then after hit the steam room then watched TV cooling down. It was a really great experience and it felt like something right out of Good Fellas. So many multi million dollar deals have been done in that steam room over the years… the history of that whole place is just amazing. After getting dressed went down to the Sinatra Room and had a few drinks before heading out. Thanks Loren for hosting us at the Friars club. Was a really memorable time! (and the last time I can remember wearing a dinner jacket in so long!)
Now it was about 3:30 and we grabbed a cab to the AzoogleAds HQ for there publisher appreciation day. When we got out of the elevator I was pretty blown away with how nice their facility is. Its by far the most modern of about any affiliate/seo/sem/search company I have ever visited let alone in NYC where every building is 250 years old.
It was a really good time hanging out at the office. We talked for a long time in the board room about affiliate issues, what top affiliates want from Azoogleads and got some sneak peaks into new things they are working on with generic offers (modeled after the area they pioneered with the generic ringtone offer).
We toured around the rest of their office and met the rest of the staff. Very cool people!
Then it was time to party!
AzoogleAds took over the Latitude Bar where it was time to party! They had awesome food and of course a open bar.
It was really fun to hang out with all the affiliates and affiliate managers putting faces to names and also meeting new people!
Jon Fisher wickedfire.com owner rolled in with a friend and while he was probably the last person in the world I wanted to see it turned out to be cool and we talked like civilized human beings (which we have always gotten a long in person). Jon even rolled with us to the unofficial after after party which was a real blast!
I got in to my hotel room about 4AM and WHOLA my bag had arrived! (yes my suitcase with all my clothes and stuff in it) Just in time for me to catch my 11AM flight back home!
Awesome time. Thanks a lot AzoogleAds for having us out!