Well, the bitter cold of winter arrived in NH in early February. On Friday and Saturday this week it was -35 degrees with the wind chill. Yes, my pipes froze even though my faucets were dripping. Thankfully my son in law, who’s a builder, was “on it” and the water came back on in a half our. Whew! Sunday it was 50 degrees - what a difference a day makes!!!!
In January I and a team of 4 went to the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show in Las Vegas. It’s a show where many, many licensees show their product/merchandise for the upcoming season and where retailers and buyers come to place orders. I hadn’t been since the Pandemic so I was excited to see my colleagues. And, oh what fun we had!!!
OHT was ALL over the show and the Opening Night Party at Top Golf-the view of Vegas at night was just spectacular!!!!! The first 1,500 in the door at the Show received a Logo Brands/OHT backpack - a great one that all attendees loved. Colosseum shirts were in the backpacks - again everyone loved them. OHT had a booth that had sooo much traffic this year and we scheduled a ridiculous 30+ meetings with our licensees, retailers and potential new business partners and others in 2 ½ days. CRAZY!!!! Talk about exhausted!!!!!
BUT, let me tell you about how I reconnected with Jeff Hamilton jackets after 30 years. A blast from the past and so much fun. 30 years ago I went to a Salem Sportswear fundraiser where there was an auction. One of the items was a SWEET reversible leather to satin Celtics Jeff Hamilton jacket. If you know me at all, you know I’m a diehard Celtics fan and a huge sports fan in general so of course I had to bid on this jacket from the King of leather jackets. Google Jeff Hamilton to see how he started with jackets for Michael Jordan and built an empire of athletes and musicians. His career is HOT again right now.
Well, I won the bid in that auction and I have carefully and meticulously taken care of my jacket. It’s in pristine condition and worth a LOT I’m told.
Fast forward to the January Tailgate Show in Vegas and lo and behold there was a Jeff Hamilton booth. Would he himself be there? You bet - he came in the next day. I, of course, found the most beautiful hot pink, matched my hair, wool NBA logo-ed jacket. Oh my… I was in Heaven. Thirty years later would I get a 2nd JH jacket??
You bet I would! I bought that jacket, modeled it throughout the rest of the Show and was stopped wherever I went. Like I told Jeff, “You needed a more mature (“old”) woman modeling this jacket and who better than me?” Lol!
Just another one of my many adventures. OHT hopes to collaborate with Jeff Hamilton and his famous jackets sometime in the near future. Wouldn’t that be fun after 30 years of getting to know his brand!!
I’ll have another story for you next month - an OHT impact story. I have SOOO many of them to tell you so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss any!!!!!
Stay well and safe and laugh as much as you can.
Operation Hat Trick is dedicated to Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two Navy SEALs who were killed in Iraq in 2008 and are buried side by side at Arlington National Cemetery. OHT never forgets their sacrifice. This month marks 15 years since their passing. Here, we pay tribute to them and #NeverForget their sacrifice.
Recently, OHT made a donation to Undersea Warriors, whose mission is to utilize water- and scuba-therapy to help veterans dealing with service-related PTSD, anxiety or depression.
Through our donation, 19 veterans from 12 different states are beginning their scuba courses.
As these new veterans progress in their training, we wish them well, and know the impact that aquatic therapy will have. OHT is proud to partner with Undersea Warriors.
Last month, OHT once again was front and center at the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show in Las Vegas!
We were EVERYWHERE!!!!! Thanks goes to all of our licensees, retailers, buyers and school partners for their support. A special thank you to the sponsors of the Opening Night event, Colosseum Athletics and Logo Brands! Both are true partners.
Some great opportunities and new partnerships are coming in the near future thanks to our time at Tailgate! Stay tuned for more info soon!