It’s official. I’m ready to get down to business as the Eggland’s Best CEO.
As the winner of the company’s first Chief Egg Officer contest, I received $5,000, a year’s worth of the best eggs ever, and the honorary title of CEO. But Eggland’s Best threw in a big prize surprise: A fabulous trip to New York City.
Online voting contributed to the contest’s overall score so thanks to all the wonderful people who played along, supporting me in this endeavor.
My husband, David, and I were treated to a long weekend in the Big Apple, with reservations at the historic Roosevelt Hotel. It was the first time we went off by ourselves (no children!) since we had our second daughter six-and-a-half years ago.
The company treated us to Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. Wow. The talent was extraordinary and the beautiful singing filled my heart with joy.
Lindsay Mendez, who played Elphaba, had a strong, glorious voice that brought every ear in the house to full attention and appreciation. Kudos to the makeup artists who created her brilliantly green skin.
Equally entertaining was Alli Mauzey who played ditzy, glitzy, and perky Glinda. The “good,” yet extremely superficial and self-absorbed witch, was hysterical. The rapport between this wickedly talented pair delighted beyond all expectations.
Sunday was egg-ceptionally egg-straordinary. David and I had breakfast at Lexington Brass with the company’s real CEO, as in Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Lanktree, and his lovely wife, Donna. Lanktree and I had serious business to discuss, CEO to CEO, before moving on to more casual conversation. Lanktree is a smart, down-to-earth and effective leader who is also fun. He gets as excited about eggs, specifically EB eggs, as I do. We, like most Eggland’s Best egg consumers, share a passion for these incredible eggs, which are tops in taste, quality and nutrition.
You don’t have to look far to find EB’s dedicated and loyal customers. When Lanktree presented me with the giant “check” at Rockefeller Center a woman shouted “Eggland’s Best are the best.”
After breakfast and an informal photo shoot, David and I were invited to join the Eggland’s Best team at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. It was part of the company’s Christmas party and I was honored to be included. Team members were welcoming and, just like their boss, fun.
The aptly named show was indeed spectacular, with some scenes in 3D. The music, singing and dancing once again made for a happy heart. The production used stunning staging and talent to share the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, and featured my favorite Christmas carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” Sharing the experience with David — and three rows of EB employees — was icing on the cake.
We even got to see my sister, Heidi Hovland, and her husband, Jim Pickett. They took us to the Spice Market in the beef packing district for my belated birthday dinner. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by Southeast Asian “street food.” Amazing!
So now we’re back in Huntsville, reunited with our two little chicks, but I’m still wearing my honorary CEO hat. It feels like a perfect fit!