I love learning new words, and a recent one I added to my vocabulary is synchronicity. It defines when chance and purpose come together in our lives.
“These are the moments that change our lives forever—God’s messages,” Major Dan Rooney says.
Rooney knows a thing or two about life-changing moments. “I’d always dreamed of being a golf professional and a fighter pilot,” he says. “Ultimately, I had no idea those would combine in the way they did.”
On the way home from one of his three combat tours in Iraq as an F-16 pilot, Rooney learned a fallen soldier’s remains were also on the flight. He watched as Corporal Brock Bucklin’s twin brother walked alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family. Among them was Bucklin’s young son. In that exact moment Rooney’s life changed forever.
“Synchronicity is all around us—signs on the highway of life,” Rooney says. “The great challenge is to recognize these moments, and to take action and have the courage and the faith to do something with it.”
Shortly after that flight, Rooney founded Folds of Honor, which, through scholarships and other financial assistance, gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or seriously wounded in service to our country.
As we prepare to welcome Rooney as our keynote speaker at the 2019 Top Producer Summit, his story is instructive for farm executives reaching to achieve incredible goals. Attendees of all three Top Producer events—Top Producer Seminar, Executive Women in Agriculture and Tomorrow’s Top Producer—will hear his inspiring message.
Invitation To Learn. Rooney is not the only top-notch speaker in the queue Jan. 15-17 in Chicago. Nearly 30 experts will challenge you to make your operation even better. Our theme, “Breaking Barriers,” will remind you to look forward.
Here are a few of the speakers and topics on tap for Top Producer Seminar:
- How Digital Media Has Changed the Food System by Steve Lerch, Google
- Predicting Chaos: Managing Your Weather Risk by Eric Snodgrass, University of Illinois
- Business through Collaboration: Rethinking the Family Farm by John Gladigau, Collaborative Farming Australia
- 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy by Mary Kelly, Productive Leaders
- Tools, Tips & Tricks for Hiring & Retaining Top Talent by Mel Kleinman, Humetrics
This event and time together provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on the previous year and dream about a bright future for your farm business. I hope to see you in Chicago in January.