dr-merlot-family-business-succession-consultant-the-rawls-groupBoy. It has been some time since my last post. I have been wrapped up interacting with clients and of course spending time with my dear, but oh too stiff friend Loyd. In fact, I was able to take a break this past Spring to actually hit the links with him. As we all know, when we hit the links together, the competitive “spirits” flow. Thankfully this time around, Loyd invited some of his other friends throughout the profession to join him, too.

The best part of the gathering is that Loyd actually honored me by naming it, “Dr. Merlot Grip-of-the-Grape Golf Invitational.” I know I am just as surprised as you! This was the inaugural event for a group of us to gather in fellowship and fun to share laughs, good wine, good cigars and promote a good cause. You see, Loyd created this annual event with the focus of donating all proceeds to prostate cancer research. Prostate cancer research is a very dear subject to Loyd and I was honored that he used my name and penchant for good wine and good times to raise a little money and have a great time.

The gathering was not one of those “formal” events where you show up, sign-in, get your cart number and assigned hole to which you proceed in your cart. Rather, this was a simple and fun opportunity to hang out with a close group of genuine folks enjoying good company, story-telling AND kick some prostate butt!

The time together was truly awesome. You know me, I always love having the opportunity to trash talk Loyd when it comes to golf. There might have been some initial concern that he wouldn’t even show up. We had bets on whether or not he could truly hit a fairway, make it to the green or even putt, for that matter. He and I have played a lot of golf and I can tell you he takes it too seriously and he will never be satisfied with any score. The dude is just a psycho. Whereas I sip a little wine, laugh at our misses and talk trash, he’s just constantly talking about what he did wrong on the last swing. I keep telling him to talk about what he’s doing right and then I don’t hear anything from him. I hear that Loyd played well but could not personally verify because I got in an argument with the greens keeper over the set up and was asked to leave the course. But I did return to join in the post-round festivities and where we did enjoy each other’s company and of course reveled in good food and wine, too!

The gathering was not one of those “formal” events where you show up, sign-in, get your cart number and assigned hole to which you proceed in your cart. Rather, this was a simple and fun opportunity to hang out with a close group of genuine folks enjoying good company, story-telling AND kick some prostate butt!

We had a total of 12 participants join us for the inaugural Dr. Merlot invitational. We are looking forward to another gathering in the Spring of 2019. If you are interested, be sure to let me know – I will start working on stiff Loyd and try to hook you up.

Dealing with complex business, family, generational, recruitment or growth questions? Ask Dr. Merlot: drmerlot@rawlsgroup.com


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