The Big Question
Q: W HAT’S THE BEST HOLIDAY GIFT YOU’VE RECEIVED
FROM A CLIENT OR PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE?
in the freezer for a while and one night I took them home, threw them on a sheet pan and baked them only to find out they were the best damn “Original” Buffalo Wings I’ve ever had. Frozen, in a box, from a media consultant. — Ana Cruz, Ballard Partners
The best gift (gifted to the Johnson & Blanton office) was an ice cream maker from David Johnson. It has become a tradition that our office manager (base command) make strawberry sorbet and deliver it to the 4th Floor of the Capitol during the last week of every legislative session. — Melanie Brown, Johnson and Blanton After months of Frozen Office Syndrome and realizing my office hoodie and blanket weren’t enough, I was extremely happy and relieved when my colleagues got me a space heater for Christmas so I could avoid 148 | INFLUENCE WINTER 2016
the frostbite and possible death by exposure! — Gabriella Castillo, LSN Communications A framed, signed, Bo Jackson jersey. — Steve Crisafulli, former Speaker of the Florida House Frozen Buffalo Wings sent from Joe Slade White in 2002. I was the executive director of the FDP at the time and Joe was one of our media consultants. This big box arrived at the party and inside it were ice packs, styrofoam and another smaller box. The smaller box had a plastic bag filled with frozen orange wings. Joe is clearly creative, but I thought to myself (foodie that I am), “how good could these really be?” They sat
A handle of Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon, even though I am a Jameson or Red Breast man! It allows you to think kindly about the giver with each and every swallow! — Dr. Ed Moore I’ve received many great gifts from clients and colleagues over the years, but this Christmas I’m hoping for a “Make America Gaetz Again” cap from the Panhandle’s newest Congressman. — Drew Piers, Sachs Media Group Clients/colleagues/family/ friends that send bourbon are, collectively, “the best” because bourbon is the best. These facts are undisputed. — Robert Stuart, GrayRobinson
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