Dave Ramsey’s Town Hall for Hope

I normally don’t talk about work projects on my blog, but I’m a little giddy right now. We’re under the 24 hour mark until Dave takes the stage in Oklahoma City. If you haven’t heard about the Town Hall for Hope event, check it out at townhallforhope.com.

A ton of work has gone into getting out this message of Hope out to America. Now that the event is almost here, I’m getting more excited by the minute about seeing it!!! If you want to see it, you can tune into Fox Business Channel Thursday night or find a location at townhallforhope.com. I encourage you to find a location and watch it with people. There’s nothing quite like being around people as the get inspired about life and their future. Fox Business will also be rerunning the event over the weekend.

To share just a little about the event prep. In just over 5 weeks time, we planned, prepped and executed a strategy to pull off the project. It was a huge company effort. Here’s a quick overview of the project.

  • Website (including signup, video, location registration, zipcode locator, dashboard…did I leave anything out?)
  • Social media (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Promotional materials for the event locations (I’ve seen banners all over Franklin, TN)
  • Streaming systems and testing for 6,000 locations and close to 1 million viewers (It’s been insane over the last 5 days)
  • Materials preparation for Dave
  • Lot’s of email communication to our fans and the attendees
  • Lots and lots of meetings and follow-up
  • Great American Businesses support tools to help fund the event
  • Promotions campaign on daveramsey.com

Visit the YouTube Channel

Visit the FaceBook Group

Major props to Akamai, Multicast Media (see press release) and LifeChurch.tv for all the work they have put into making this event a success! Multicast and LifeChurch.tv have gone way beyond the call of duty to see this event deliver Dave’s message of Hope. Their teams are INCREDIBLE! Thank you more than you can ever know.

Tune in for the event! Don’t miss it!

One Long Day

Okay, so you take the good with the bad. Unfortunately not every day can be a bed of roses. Today was one of those days.

Things don’t always go according to plan. You know that. My plans this week. Enjoy a nice weekend off with my kids during their spring break. Travel down to Atlanta and take my boys to the Lego Store. Sounds nice. Didn’t happen.

Step back 2 weeks to a meeting on a Monday night. Lots of excitement. 20 people. One jazzed up CEO…Dave Ramsey, a force of nature. One of the incredible things about Dave is his unmatched energy and passion for reaching people. When those two things line up on a project, lives will be changed and people will be busy…ASAP style.

In week 1, we had 2 meetings to discuss followed by a 3rd meeting the next week to finalize the details. After that, we were off to the races. A concept. A website. An 8 day delivery. Here are the results. http://www.townhallforhope.com (more components to launch Monday)

Fast forward to today.  Our dev team went in at 11:30 am last night and started the launch at 12:00 am today. Along with the site launch, the guys worked in a much needed server upgrade. All went well and the app servers are beautiful. The architecture is beautiful. The firewalls…not so beautiful. The morning started out well and then headed south around 3:00 PM. I knew it would happen, and it did. Dreaded deviation from the plan. It always happens so you have to account for it.

Dave was excited about about the project today as we all are. He went to air today and BAM! There it was, the announcement of Town Hall for Hope on the radio! 24 hours earlier than we planned. Expecting it, I smiled, and the team scurried to get up the graphics on daveramsey.com. It’s one of the things that makes life on our team fun and so very much better than other dull jobs.

All was going well then the chaos began. Dropped connections to servers. Server availability to visitors. The nightmare began. The team handled it well, but it sure would have been better day without it. Even with the issues, the day ended well with over 1,000 churches signing up to carry Dave’s Town Hall for Hope webcast on April 23rd. Hopefully, tomorrow will be much better.

I commend our team. 30 guys busting it since 11:30 PM Tuesday night till 4:30 PM today. Dedication to our mission, our technology, and reaching people to change their lives. Thanks team! http://webmonkeyswithlaserbeams.wordpress.com