As American Express commercials used to say, “Membership has its privileges.” Longtime PCMA member and volunteer leader extraordinaire John Folks, president and principal of Minding Your Business Inc., had an extra-special privilege waiting for him when he was named 2012 PCMA Member of the Year at Monday’s Convening Leaders luncheon in Orlando — courtesy of the Walt Disney World Resort. John was given a surprise overnight stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite in the iconic Disney castle that evening. Not just anyone can book the castle suite — as Disney cast members say, you have to be invited by Cinderella. I was lucky to be invited to tag along to see John and his sleepover guests into the cozy and magical suite. And even though brief, my visit was — to quote another credit card’s commercial — priceless.
I caught up with John in the Convene Partner Lounge at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center after his magical stay. Here’s what he had to say.