At the awards ceremony! Much fun was had at the LSI event. 

At the awards ceremony! Much fun was had at the LSI event. 

By Evan Coulter

Last year, I entered the homebrew competition at our business partner Logical Systems, LLC's annual event. To my delight, my holiday dry Irish stout won the top prize by a slim margin. It was a great competition, with plenty of quality beer tasting and good times all around. (John Beattie’s wife, Jerri, took home the “People’s Choice” award in the chilli competition.)

Taking home my traveling trophy. Who will win this year? 

Taking home my traveling trophy. Who will win this year? 

It was a blast to brew the Irish stout at home for the competition. It was my first try at brewing a stout, so I was challenged by an added layer of complexity (along with cinnamon and cloves). But the real fun was at the LSI gathering, which included plenty of UCEC contacts. I even met one of our vendors I’ve been talking to on the phone for 15 years. It was great to put a face with a name.

As you’ve probably noticed from blog posts (like this one and this one, we’re forming deep relationships at UCEC with partners and vendors. Of course, events like the homebrew competition make for a fun time, but it’s even better to go and mingle and enrich those relationships that have been formed one project at a time.

It’s often been said that UCEC is in a niche business. While that’s true, we’re not in it alone. Every step of the way, we’re helped by top-notch professionals who partner with us to get the job done. If we’re a “niche,” it’s actually a pretty crowded one!

I think when you have a relationship built on mutual trust and respect in business, you really want to go the extra distance for your customers. I know the people behind the business name and logo in many instances, and I want to do the best I possibly can for them.

I’ll enter the LSI homebrew competition again in 2016, but I know I’ll have to step up my game. I want to keep the traveling trophy (see picture, above). I have my work cut out for me; wish me luck!

Evan is VP of Business Operations at UCEC.  

 

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