December 2021, Issue 33

cbsi Talking Business: December 17, 2021 Edition

Dear cbsi Friends:

Glad to see holiday sales have been brisk both online and in retail brick and mortar stores through Thanksgiving and as we are approaching the Christmas holiday.

In this edition, cbsi colleagues Pete Alter and Jack Hojnar provide a breakdown of the strong sales results and also the cbsi benefit products and services that draw transactions to covered accounts and credit cards.

In November we attended the DMCNY Gala Awards banquet in NYC and recorded video of the event and the acceptances by the extraordinary honorees.

We also enjoyed talks with brand communications agency CEO Larry Woodard from GSA Digital on key trends and his work supporting the Jimmy V Foundation, and new author hospitality exec Margie McCartney, Director Global Sales at The DMC Network.

In my advocation of veterans support media covered the 122nd Army-Navy Game held this year at the Meadowlands in NJ as a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of 9-11. Before the game we spoke with retired Admiral John Bird, SVP Military Affairs, of USAA the financial services company dedicated to serving military families.

Seven or eight years ago when I did an interview with Admiral Bird, something registered that this was a business interview, now consider that talk the first episode of our 650 edition #cbsiTalkingBusiness podcast series.

Proudly, we were thrilled on December 3rd, to receive the "Founders Award" from the Hudson Valley Direct Marketing Association at their luncheon in Greenwich, CT an event which invited a dozen area college students to attend.

Happy Holidays to you!



Kenneth G. Kraetzer
Vice President

John Bird
Topic: "USAA is all about serving military families, we do a great job serving those families and their unique needs"
Peter Alter
Topic: The cbsi suite of travel benefit programs.
DMCNY Silver Apple Awards Gala
Topic: Watch the full event from the DMCNY Silver Apple Awards Gala.
Larry Woodard
Topic: "Make money a less taboo topic (for families)"
Margie McCartney
Topic: "You might want to take the earbuds out, lift your head from your phone screen, and have a conversation with the people who are around you in the moment."
Ken Kraetzer
Topic: Colleague Jack Hojnar changes roles and interviews Ken Kraetzer, highlighting the Hudson Valley Direct Marketing Association 2021 Founders Award presented to Ken.
Students at 2021 HVDMA Greenwich Event
Topic: We meet managers of the pace University IDM Lab, a student run marketing agency available to take on projects.
Ken Kraetzer
Topic: Talking Business' own Ken Kraetzer accepts the Hudson Valley Direct Marketing Association Founders Award.

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cbsi Vice President, Ken Kraetzer, often conducts interviews with several leading business executives, entrepreneurs and industry thought-leaders. His "Talking Business" section provides important information on trends in various industries. Sign up for the "Talking Business" email to be sure to receive the news as it appears.

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