Today was the second day of the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Boston. I saw some fantastic new products that I will soon be writing about in my best of show awards.
Aside from seeing really cool products, the one thing I love about going to the trade shows is meeting people.
These are people who are as passionate about organic as I am. These are people who eat the same way I do. Furthermore, these are people who tend to be really, really nice individuals.
In covering and writing about this industry, it is always a big thrill for me to meet some of the business icons in the natural and organic world.
It happened very recently when I interviewed Stonyfield President and CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NYC.
And, it also happened today when I met Tom Chappell, the founder of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and a new wool clothing company called Rambler’s Way.
In the late 1980s after I went to my public high school outside of Boston, I did a post-graduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. For those unfamiliar with a post-graduate year, it is similar to a 13th grade. Many, many prep schools offer it, largely to improve their football teams. Physically, I never looked like a post-graduate, as I was told many times, but that’s a story for another time. Read more »