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The Second Annual Minyans in the Mountains Awards


You tried to use that same line last year Fokker!


  • The "Strangers in the night" award: Leah Burke and Brian "Farley" Bauman who demonstrated that anything is possible.

  • The "Most unique spin on 'networking' award: Keleigh Thomas (for pepper-spraying Prof's Macke and Collins at the ironically titled Circle of Trust dinner) and who, after advising the MV staff to 'watch their drinking' apparently meant 'watch her drinking.'

  • The "He's a real person?!" award: Farley

  • The "Honorary David Lynch award for the weirdest vibe": The Hub bar in downtown Ojai where, "we tried to have karaoke here one time but the lady who did it got sick and never came back."

  • The "Taking Some Time to Get to Know the Locals" award: Neal Dingmann, guest bouncer at the Deer Lodge lounge. Runner up: the "infant massage" therapists that showed up out of nowhere.

  • The "Where's my wheelbarrow" award: Carrie Dingmann, desperately in search of transportation home for husband Neal from Jimmy's Pub.

  • The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa "Rather than trying to 'clean' this room we should just call FEMA" award: Snoop Tone

  • The "Put me in, coach" award for the professor most likely to turn any "conversation" into a seemingly endless speech / mini-breakout session: Television's Jeff Macke

  • The "Dressing for success" award: Phil Erlanger and his sartorial homage to Craig Stadler's 1982 Masters victory

  • The "Living dedication to provoking thoughts both market and non-market related" award: Laurie McGuirk & Lisa Shultz, who have scores of Minyans and Profs wondering if Australians actually require sleep.

  • The "Griswold family sport wagon travel planning" award: Fil Zucchi

  • The "It doesn't matter what he says because he's big, intimidating and, therefore, right" award: Greg Weldon

  • The "I'm so jealous of your hair award" (tie): Michael Santoli, Kevin Wassong, and Dr. J

  • The "If I can take that guy out I'll drink like a king tonight!": Bill Meehan, missing 18 fairways but somehow managing to hit the guy driving the beer cart during the golf tournament.

  • The "Conference storyteller" award (tie): Steve Shobin for his keynote speech, and Dana Patterson for advising an overly impressionable Jeff Farley to move to Australia.

  • The "Set my alarm clock for Q&A time" award: Rich Gula

  • The "Man on the grassy knoll in Dallas" award: Kevin Depew, the man behind the 'world's slowest strobe light' effect during Thursday morning's presentations

  • The "He looks so friendly and approachable that he must be up to something" award: Bernie Schaeffer

  • The "Tony Manero / Pat Boone" award: Neal Dingmann

  • The "Only two things come from Texas" award: Neal Dingmann for sipping vodka and pucker all week

  • The most use of the word bifurcation in less than one hour award (73): Scott Reamer

  • The "You've got a great future as a sell-side analyst" award: Farley, who sat through Scotto's complexity breakout twice (to film it) only to wisely offer, "I really like the colors"

  • The "Most difficult to determine whether he is trading or actually launching missiles at enemy submarines" award: Fari Hamzei

  • The "How the hell does this guy show up at a bar with four women?" award: Guy Alvarez

  • The "Image is everything" award, for wearing a Justin Timberlake-esqe skull cap in the Caifornia summer weather: Jon "Chachi" Schwartz

  • The Suzi Quatro / leather tuscadero risky wristband fashion statement award: Again, Jon "Chachi" Schwartz

  • The "Savvy soothsaying sommelier" award: Jeff Saut

  • The "I strangely found myself agreeing with Tony Dwyer and Michael Thompson while on painkillers for my bad back" award: John Succo

  • The "There is no I in 'TEAM' but there sure as heck is an I in 'Kevin'" award: Kevin Wassong, for pricing out gaudy "I hit a Grand Slam" rings and circling up with the PR folks to determine if it was worthy of a press release immediately after the game

  • The "Lou Pinella Dancing on the line between competitive and wound-dangerously-tight" award: Jim Bridges

  • The "Hey, Napa Valley called... they want all their wine back" award: Sal Morreale Runner up: The "Hey buddy it's a wine tasting, not a wine guzzling tour" award: Alan Millstein

  • The "Fundamentals are bolshevik" award: Vitaliy Katsenelson

  • The "Most strikeouts in one day (excluding softball)" award: Fokker. Note this is Fokker's second award in this category.

  • The "Hilary Swank First Oscar Speech "I'm 'sure' I've remembered to thank just about everyone who means anything to me or did any work on this" award: Todd Harrison, who earlier was 35,000 feet above the Red States thanking Vanessa again (albeit not in a key-note). Remember, brother, "the purpose of the gurney is the gurney itself."

  • The "Pavlov's Bell, relaxation-triggering sound" award: Vanessa Ohayon, whose "vacation" began at the exact same moment the band arrived on-stage at the Barn Dance. Runner up: the entire Ojai staff who felt an immense sense of relief the moment Vanessa left the resort on Monday.

  • The "One look at your daughter's friend and suddenly I'm registering a TD sequential countdown 13" award: Tom DeMark

  • The "Hey, have you met my girlfriend, Emmanuelle?" award: Lionel Ohayon (who also gets an award for failing to remember any MV staffer names over the past year, after 10 introductions over the last year... and still counting).

  • The "Hey, you're getting in this golf cart, Farley, and you're going to like it" award: Wendy Wanderman

  • The "Man, I wish Michael Gat had taken my photo" award (tie): Collins, Rich Gula, Michael Santoli

  • The Johnny Quest "Neat as a pin and perfectly groomed 24/7" award: 'Wishbone' David Miller

  • The Ian-Baker Finch "Golf is a cruel mistress and she's taking a cat o' nine tales to me today" award: Collins for his approach on 12 which caromed off the cart path, onto the roof of the resort and into a flower pot just outside of the courtyard next to MVHQ (we don't think he was aiming for anybody).

  • The "Without you we are nothing" award: The most important award of the weekend goes to all the Minyans who made the trek to MiM2! It was a special weekend and a true delight to get to know the folks and share our vision with you all!

We'll see you next year!

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