Out to Lunch: Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks

This is the first “Out to Lunch,” which I hope will become a series.

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Jim Flowers.
Jim Flowers is the Executive Director of VT KnowledgeWorks, “a regional business acceleration center serving technology-based enterprises at all stages of the corporate lifecycle.”

I met Jim several years ago after he arrived in Blacksburg. Our first get-together was for coffee at Starbucks on the main drag in Blacksburg. A few years later we had lunch at Panera in Christiansburg. On Tuesday, Jim drove all the way to Floyd (my town) and ate lunch with me at The Country Store. (Jim had a grilled cheese sandwich. I ate beans and rice.)

What brought Jim to Floyd?

We’d gotten together at three-year intervals, so I guess we were due. But there was a more compelling reason. Jim has taken a shine to golf. He is a 70-year-old beginner. The “geezer golfer” (his term) wanted to pick my brain.

I had a list of advice for beginners ready to go, but I learned during our lunch conversation that he already had a lot of the basics figured out. I was impressed. I did recommend a book, Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible by Fred Shoemaker.

I guess I’ll see Jim again in 2016. Maybe sooner.

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Coffee, Flowers and Moxie

Friday is a good day to meet someone for coffee. And by spending a few dollars at a Blacksburg, Virginia, coffee shop, I did a small bit to help the struggling economy.

The person I met — Jim Flowers — is also doing his part to help companies and the wider economy.

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