JANUARY 20, 2011    |    VOL. IX    |    ISSUE 1



Boasting a unique combination of European flair and North American savoir-faire, Montréal, Quebec played host to the National Tour Association’s (NTA) Convention ’10 this past November. Paul was delighted to once again work with this elite group of travel industry leaders. A trade organization of thousands of tourism professionals, NTA is involved in the growth and development of the packaged travel industry.

With members from 44 different countries, NTA is known for its diversity, rich history and high standards, and is committed to providing business opportunities and professional education in an environment where partners can foster relationships with one another. “It was a distinct honor to present Inspired Teamwork and Leadership to my friends in NTA,” Paul commented during a recent interview. “Their focus on partnership excellence in the hospitality and travel industry is phenomenal!”

NTA President Lisa Simon & Paul


The 2nd Annual Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Training Summit held last month was not only a festive occasion earmarked to celebrate accomplishments, but a reinvigorating event designed to encourage front line staff to continue serving clients well. As keynote speaker, Paul reiterated the need for optimism, endurance, humility and selflessness when striving for excellence in today’s business environment.

Dedicated to being Arkansas’ preferred provider of workforce services and solutions, Director Artee Williams leads a staff whose goal it is to enable the Arkansas workforce to compete in the global economy by linking a comprehensive array of services for employers and job seekers.

DWS Director Artee Williams & Paul

With programs covering areas such as unemployment and veterans services, career readiness certification, job training and mature workers initiative, DWS offers everything needed to provide workers with a leg-up in acquiring and maintaining suitable employment, while assisting employers in building a strong workforce. Congratulations to Director Williams and his staff for making a positive impact in the lives of citizens of the Natural state!


Brokers from across Kentucky recently gathered in Louisville for Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s 2010 Recognition Day. Presenting Energize the Enthusiasm…that Exists Within to the 350+ attendees, Paul reinforced Anthem’s commitment to quality and safety in health care through ideas such as being enthusiastic about serving others while possessing passion, resilience and the willingness to learn.

“Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s mission to improve the lives of the people it serves and the overall health of its communities was evidenced in the eagerness of this team gathered to recognize success and keep abreast of healthcare developments,” said Paul. “The resources dedicated to activities that support quality are an illustration of Anthem’s commitment to exceeding both standards and expectations.”

Diana Shackelford & Carrie Halstead with Paul

Know Your Nation


The Bay State is the nickname most commonly attached to Massachusetts.

One of the original 13 states (6th) of the Union, Boston, the capital since its founding, dates from 1630.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.

Four U.S. Presidents were born in Massachusetts: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Bush.

Massachusett’s state motto is: By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.


JFK Library

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nations thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.

Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Expand Your Vocabulary


1. n. A place or collection containing records, documents or other materials of historical interest
2. n. A repository for memories or information
3. v. To set aside items of importance or interest

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum recently released thousands of documents, images and artifacts which are available for viewing on its digital archive.

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Today, on the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inaugural address, let us pause and recall the words that ignited a country by challenging them to dream, take action and achieve, like no other world leader had before. President Kennedy asked us to take a stand, think beyond our borders, dream of things that never were and think about tomorrow. He charged us to put aside our differences; to imagine a world without war. In one of the most inspiring inaugural addresses of all time, Kennedy defined an era.

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but together what we can do for the freedom of man.”

President Kennedy & Ted Sorensen (AP photo)
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These words were echoed to Paul when he had the honor of sitting down with Theodore Sorensen, Special Counsel to President Kennedy, this past July shortly before Mr. Sorensen’s untimely death. From Senate races to a Presidential administration, for 11 years Ted Sorensen was at the heart of decision-making on key issues surrounding one of the most influential leaders of our time. His role in the life of JFK was of giant proportion; not only leading up to and during the time in the White House, but ever since.

For fifty years Mr. Sorensen carried on the legacy defined by the 35th President of the United States on January 20th, 1961. It was a great privilege for Paul to have the chance to spend time one-on-one with Ted Sorensen.

Visit JFK50.org to see how many others carry Kennedy’s vision and how brightly the flame he lit still burns today!

From Pen to Prose

Several of Pauls articles have been featured recently in premiere periodicals such as the National Tour Association’s Courier, the Texas Study of Secondary Education and the Adviser, a publication of FCCLA.

If you’re interested in reading Paul’s manuscripts, please click the magazine titles above or visit our Media Gallery.

Our Sincere Thanks!

Paul and his team at Vital Communications, Inc. would like to thank the readers of Arkansas Business for voting him 2010’s Best Motivational Speaker/Trainer!

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