2011 Order of the NACS Eagle Award Recipient - William P. Simpson

Thank you for your warm applause. And, thank you Rich for your kind words. I want to thank the NACS Board of Trustees for this amazing honor. When Carol Miller called to tell me the Board had voted to bestow this award on me, I was glad we didn't have a video feed because I'm afraid Carol might have thought twice about her vote if she had seen me struggling for words. I was surprised, excited, and certainly humbled.

 

Twelve other people have received the NACS Order of the Eagle before me and I've sat like you are today for each of those ceremonies. If my memory serves me, every one of those earlier recipients has mentioned that this award does not arise out of the acts of one person, it is a team sport. Like each of them, that is certainly true for me. And while I would love to, I could not possibly thank everyone today who has been a part of my career over the past 40+ years.
 
All the people I have worked with in various bookstores. The people in CSNE where I began my in industry involvement. The people on the dozens of committees, task forces, or boards I've had the pleasure to serve on. The people who have participated in NACS educational sessions with me. All the people from whom I have learned so much or from whom I've borrowed ideas over the years.
 
But there are some I want to specifically thank this morning. First, my family who allowed me to be away from our home and them over the years. Thank you for your support. Next, the staff at the UConn Co-op. They are great. They kept the store running smoothly while I was away and did it so well no one missed me. And, last, but certainly not least, the NACS staff. They are a fantastic group, without whom I could not imagine being able to do all the things I've done over the years.
 
I am honored to take this award home. I will treasure it, as I will the memories of all of you, my teammates in the industry I love. Thank you ever so much!
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