On the Road Again

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On the road again
I just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again

On the road again
Goin’ places that I’ve never been
Seein’ things that I may never see again
And I can’t wait to get on the road again

Here we go, on the road again
Like a band of Gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turnin’ our way

And our way is on the road again
I just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again, break free
And I can’t wait to get on the road again
-Willie Nelson

Yes, Kim and Sue are on the road again to visit ASTRA members!

As I pack my bags for travel, I can hear the On the Road Again song playing in my mind. I am looking forward to the opportunity to take a few days to visit stores, participate in sales rep visits and share game night with several ASTRA members. Indeed I feel like Willie Nelson hitting the road but instead of making music with my friends I would change the lyrics to “Makin magic with my friends” because, as you know, ASTRA stores are where the magic happens.

By visiting I hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges you are facing. This visit may not solve a problem, but can help the board and I better understand the causes of the problems. To do that I plan to be a good listener and do more listening than talking. There are no short-cuts to getting to know someone apart from listening well.

This will also be an opportunity to share my visits with the rest of the membership. We will use social media to share pictures and videos of my visits. I hope this will give you a little peek into the world of another member’s world and give you ideas and insights you can use to solve your next business challenge.

Lastly, I hope to be a gentle enthusiast. I believe in the power of play and the importance of our mission and vision – To change the world through the power of play. Above all, I hope to offer friendship and relay the support of the ASTRA staff, board leadership and other members. We are a mighty community.

With the closing of Toys R Us, it has been an eventful few months for the toy industry. It will be nice for us all to take a little break from the hustle and bustle to have a few days to connect with one another. So here we go!

“I just can’t wait to get on the road again. The life I love is makin’ magic with my friends. And I can’t wait to get on the road again”


Kimberly Mosley portrait. Photo by Andrew Collings.
Kimberly Mosley, CAE is the President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). Kim has been a leader in the association industry for more than 20 years with experience in technology. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Association Forum where she served in many leadership roles including serving as chair of the Diversity Workforce Committee. In 2002, she was awarded the Diversity Executive Leadership Scholarship and in 2003, she earned distinction as a Certified Association Executive.  She also lectures, blogs and writes articles on association management and technology.

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