Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

It is with much pleasure that I write to offer high praise and compliments regarding comedian, Eric O'Shea. Eric was the headline entertainment for our Chairman of the Board Dinner on June 22, 2007, in conjunction with our Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting is the premier event for our trade association. Our guests are very important and prominent attendees representing our member companies. The audience for this evening included CEO and executive level management. In addition, some members attended with their families. From my first introduction to Eric, I was very impressed with his professional and warm demeanor. Eric was very polished and prepared. He took extra care and time to speak to me, prior to the performance, to inquire about the audience demographics. He then offered the fine tuning necessary to ensure that his comedy would be appropriate for all who were in attendance. As you can imagine, we strive to offer a high level of entertainment to our group, as well as being mindful to appeal to a wide and diverse audience. I was very appreciative of his consideration and concern in this regard. Eric’s routine was well received. His observations of life were amusing and funny. He covered a wide array of topics and also offered on site improvisations to customize the evening to our group and the venue. In addition, his Elmo routine was precious! There was laughter coming from adults and children alike, and everyone had a wonderful time. Finally, Eric added a personal touch when he stayed after his performance to mingle and socialize with some of our guests. I thought that was an extremely nice gesture and I appreciated his gracious manner to our group. I am confident that there is a bright future ahead for Mr. O’Shea. His talent, professionalism and charisma will take him far. I wish both of you continued success.

Kind regards,

Marla W. Popkin
Director of Meetings
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute