Our 5th annual Summit Symposium was everything it promised to be and then some! Over 300 clients and friends joined us at The Palm Event Center in Pleasanton on March 4th for a day designed to entertain, educate and inspire.
The day started with a personal story of inspiration from one of our clients, June Quick, whose husband, Richard, was a United States Olympic swimming coach for six Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. June introduced our first speaker and very close family friend, U.S. Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines. Rowdy shared his story of breaking into the sport of swimming late, as a teenager, and suffering through several setbacks. Despite those setbacks, he made his way to the 1984 Olympics and on to win three gold medals. The highlight for many was when Rowdy passed around the actual gold medal from the 100M freestyle.
For the “educate” portion of our program we had the unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Peter Brookes who is the senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. In addition, he is a foreign policy columnist for the Boston Herald and a member of the congressional U.S.-China Economic Security and Review Commission, appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Brookes shared his breadth of knowledge regarding security hot spots around the globe and how they tie into U.S. policy.
After an in-depth discussion centered around ISIS, Russia, and North Korea, Dr. Brad Nieder, The Healthy Humorist® took the stage to lighten the mood a bit with some informative, funny bone-tickling tips about how a good laugh can make a positive impact on our overall health. He even coerced a few attendees and Summit staff to join him on stage for a “healthy” rendition of the Hokey Pokey.
We rounded out the day with a wine and cheese tasting in the barrel room where clients, friends and the Summit Team enjoyed local wines and appetizers and were able to mingle and ask questions with our distinguished panel of speakers.
We are already hard at work planning next year’s Symposium which will be held on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at the Palm Event Center. If you were unable to make this year’s event, we truly hope you will mark your calendars for 2018 as it is sure to be another top-notch event!