Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Minutes from the Q3 Topps Board of Directors Meeting

Board Members:
Present: Ryan O'Hara, Michael Bramlage, Douglas Kruep, Christopher Rodman, Entire Marketing Team
Quorum present? Yes

Others Present:
Mean Girls From The Local High School:  Heather, Summer and Didi

· Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair
· (Last month's) meeting minutes were amended and approved. 

· Chief Executive's Report:

- Sales staff attended attended the All Star Game Festivities in Kansas City.  Gave away lots of cards and books.  People love Topps so much.  Not one customer asked about the death of eTopps or sticker autos.  Seriously, no one asked about it, and everything is going great.

- 2012 Bowman Chrome is printed and ready to ship.  Board still has no problem with shipping 3 cards per pack, especially when needing to cover the expenses of securing key autograph subjects like.... actually no one in the room could remember the names of any of the players that signed Bowman 2012.  Board agreed to have an intern run down the autograph cards in set at next board meeting.

- Topps unnamed ultra high end baseball product is in final phases of development.  Local high school students introduced who would later in the meeting give an overview for marketing program to coincide with launch in November.   Upon introduction, one of the girls, Didi,  popped her bubble gum and rolled her eyes.  

· Finance Committee report :
- Still the only real game in town.  Business is hunky dory.  People are apparently ready to pay $500 for a box of baseball cards for god's sake.

· Marketing Committee Report- 
- Local high school girls introduced again and addressed board.  Heather, Summer and Didi have put together  an exclusive club at their high school (The 5 Star Girls Club) that all the other girls are totally trying to join.  Marketing committee feels their club model would work well in the baseball card world.   Didi again popped her bubble gum and advised board that baseball cards are for dorks.
- Girls advised that the key to joining their club was to weed out the losers.  They outlined a 5 point plan that has served them well going into their senior year:
1) Club only accepted members who could prove they had spent $10,000 AT LEAST over the past year on clothes that the Club approved of.  Exceptions were made for girls who spent at least $30,000 on their Sweet 16 party, and had invited a current member of the Club to attend.
2)  Girls wishing to join the Club had to have a letter of recommendation from one of the captains of the football team.  Heather would not disclose what the letter needed to state, but all three girls giggled and whispered to each other about something.
3)  Prospective members had to write a 500 word essay about how awesome it would be to join the 5 Star Girls Club.
4)  Once accepted, members were required to never say anything bad about the 5 Star Girls Club.  All emails, Facebook and Twitter accounts would be monitored by Heather, Summer and Didi.  If anyone was caught dissing the Club, they were immediately thrown out.  Bad mouthing non-members of the club through cyber space, however, was completely encouraged and appreciated.
5)  Members of the 5 Star Girls Club were required to attend any sleep overs, dances, or award ceremonies a fellow member was hosting or participating in.

· Other business:
- Board was unable to get to most other business because of the length of the standing ovation given the girls after the presentation.

 - Board agreed to NEVER EVER make a George Will card for Napkin Doon.

· Assessment of the Meeting:
- Board agreed unanimously to apply parameters of the 5 Star Girls Club to the pending high end baseball release.  Board agreed to even use the name.

· Meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
· Minutes submitted by Secretary


Dhoff said...

Hilarious! One of my life's most aggravating duties is taking minutes. Maybe I just need some mean girls to move things along.

Play at the Plate said...

Very nice...

Mark A. said...

Thumbs up.

The Lost Collector said...

I was at the meeting. It's a pretty accurate description of how it went. I didn't stay until the end though. I left when they ran out of cookies and punch.