The way I look at it is that closingthe first week of November is like opening a golf course, only in reverse, with all of the activity going on.
You’re already working on a budget for next year, working on the five-year plan, getting together with certain groups such as the finance committee and, of course, the board of directors as a whole. I also have meetings with my staff.
You do a year in review. That’s A and B, let’s look ahead to next year.
You want to meet when everything is still top of mind, If we met in January, people might forget a lot of things by then, so this season is still fresh in their minds if we do it in November. It’s great to get us all on the same page.
On November 15, it might be tempting to say, `OK, shut the doors and throw away the key,’ but April 15 will be here before you know it. November is a time when we can breathe a little, but it’s also time to get ready for next year.
The thing about the golf industry is that if you’re organized enough in November, when April rolls around, you’ve got your ducks in a row and done some good planning so that between November and April, you can put everything in place and when we open the doors next April, it’s all about operating.