James B. BISSELL Président MCEI International
Dear members & friends of MCEI chapters around the world,
I am greatly honored to have been nominated to succeed Mr Paul Genton as International Chairman MCEI and pledge to give my time, energy, and passion to build on the foundation of MCEI chapters he has nurtured over these many years. Paul has been a mentor to me for over 35 years—coaching me on the right communication strategy to build a successful and sustainable company. Using a beautiful French expression, he is ” un grand homme” and I will remain forever grateful for his support and guidance.
I would like to solicit your ideas for strengthening our international ties. Shall we share our yearly agendas of events and speakers among chapters? Let’s imagine that a member or group from any chapter finds themselves in Europe…why not make a visit to Geneva and join our monthly lunch conference as distinquished gusts? ? You will be welcomed in the best Swiss tradition!
May I have a show of interest in organizing a MCEI world congress in 2018-2019? The Fête des Vignerons taking place in Vevey, Switzerland in July 2019 could be just the right occasion!
This unique Canton of Vaud celebration occurs only every 15-20 years (the last one in 1999) and culminates with the gold medal award to those who work the land and the vineyards–rest assured we seize the moment also to taste the wine! Two years of planning, a budget of CHF 70 million financed entirely by private funds, 600 volunteers who not only pay for their own costumes but liberate time for 3 months of rehearsals and 5 weeks of performances! This is Rio, this is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Cirque Soleil, and the Olympic Games all rolled into one! Needless to say, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne is a stone’s throw away and the Charlie Chaplin museum in Vevey just minutes away! Did I mention the direct train leaving Lausanne and the lake Geneva area for Lucerne or the Matterhorn in only two hours!!!
I leave with a wish that your chapter has captured the MCEI spirit of sharing…uniting business leaders, politicians, and artisans to promote growth and create opportunities..
I borrow a message from our Swiss chapter President Frédéric Hohl who encourages us all to reach out to our younger generations –let us help them to be successful by sharing our traditional social and leadership skills and invite them to bring us their innovative global and digital approach to business.
Thanking you in advance for you feedback. Roy Rodgers would have added “Happy trails again!”
Respectfully yours , James