Jackson Hole

I spent this past weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I’m a board member of the Nebraska Chapter of CFMA (Construction Financial Managers Association) and it seems that I may be president next year. CFMA National puts on a seminar at the Spring Creek Ranch for incoming chapter presidents, and my chapter sent me up there for some learnin’.

If you get the opportunity to go to Jackson Hole, I highly recommend it. It’s lovely country up there and I hear the skiing is great. It wasn’t quite ski season last weekend, but it was awesome hiking weather. As part of our seminar we did some hiking near the Gros Ventre Slide and at the base of the Teton mountain range.

The seminar was conducted by a company named Grand Dynamics. It’s a lot of group excersises to teach leadership and communication tools. Some of the activities are more effective than others, but the guys who run the show there are top notch. They really seem to live what they teach.

The best part of the seminar is the networking aspect. I got to meet a couple dozen outstanding people from all over the country. These people are mostly financial managers in the construction industry, as I am, which makes it very easy to quickly develop a rapport with them. They face the same problems I do every day, both in their jobs and as CFMA leaders. I will surely keep in touch with many, if not all, of the people I met at Spring Creek.

Below are some pictures from my trip. Most are pictures of the scenery, but a few may need some explanation. One of our activities was a billiards tournament, which my partner and I won and they gave us a plaque.

Another activity was the gift exchange. We all had to bring a gift to give to a person whose identity was unbeknownst to us until we got there. Shelli brought a book and drew my name. By the time she was supposed to give me the book, she got to know me. As regular readers of this blog know, that can only mean trouble. She was no longer satisfied with just the book as a gift and decided to augment the offering with some other gewgaws that you see in the photo. As accountants go, I tend to be a bit more demonstrative (that’s what you call obnoxious people when you want to be nice), so her gifts were appropriate and fun. Thanks for going the extra mile Shelli.

You’ll also note some rock balancing photos. Todd from Albuquerque and I did a fairly decent job of balancing rocks, I think. That particular activity takes a bit more patience than I have.

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11 thoughts on “Jackson Hole

  1. That looks like a great trip.

    President ? Cool. Feel free to invite your old norwegian buddy to a tour in Airforce One.

  2. Sure does look like a great place.

    Is that the future CFMA Presidents stunt double helping you balance rocks?

  3. He could be my brother. :) Todd will be the pres of the New Mexico chapter but I plan to use him as a body double in case I need to thwart an assassination attempt.

  4. You heard right – the skiing is great. Kind of a waste, though, if you’re not into chutes and steeps and tons of moguls. About the only things that compare are the cirque at Snowbird, the area under the Supreme lift at Alta (I think that’s the right lift), and the Ridge at Taos (but all of Jackson is lift served). The biggest difference is how much advanced terrain Jackson has. It’s just gigantic.

    If you go, pay attention to where you ski. Unlike most areas, you can easily find yourself above serious cliffs and rocks, and it’s up to you to find your way down.

  5. Dick — Sorry I had my profile (aka “sorry butt”) in the rock photo with you & Todd, your stunt double. I think I forgot to mention t you guys in Jackson Hole that you guys ROCK!! :)

    /Cal

  6. J-Walk: I second having the Summit in Jackson. ‘Course the fact that I live 90 miles away, and can see Grand Teton from my house, doesn’t have anything to do with it.

    Dick: If you’re heading back there, let me know – I’ll show you some great hikes on the Idaho side.

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