One of the most famous calls in World Series…no, baseball…no, sports history contains these words. Legendary announcer Jack Buck stared at the field in disbelief as a hobbled Kirk Gibson limped around the bases to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. More than three decades later, a different memory to last a lifetime for one of the team’s biggest fans – still dizzy from what she just saw.
HKA catapulted into 2019 the same way it closed the previous year – at dizzying speed and with lots of hoopla. Nobody here was expecting a slow-down or betting that calm would follow the storm that rolled in during Q4 2018. In fact, typical HKA ebb and flow is rarely distributed evenly. It’s been this way for almost 35 years. Agency tides are high much more often than they are low. The first few months of the new year saw us ready to build an ark.
One of the most rapidly changing industries in the economy is healthcare. The evolution of this multi-trillion-dollar sector continues to move our markets and disrupt our political landscape with no signs of slowing down. Facing enormous pressures to keep up, patient treatment facilities have an ally amid the chaos – CME Corp – whose partnership with HKA dates to the merger that created this national powerhouse. It stands today as one of our favorite stories to tell.
As he sets out for the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, the freshly oiled (but cardio-empty) Tinman sings, “…just because I’m presumin’ that I could be kinda human if I only had a heart.” The iconic character aches to fill his cold and empty shell with a pump to kick start emotion, excitement and meaningful connections. While MGM’s fictional Land of Oz hardly resembles today’s technology-dotted corporate world, the metal man’s mettle to find a heart can inspire the tech industry to follow the yellow brick road.