We are approaching our 10th semi-annual Apiary Summit this September; so we decided to have an interview with head trader Shawn Lucas about Apiary Summits. As we learned from an earlier interview with one of our experts at pulling off these big events, there is a lot that goes into planning the perfect Apiary Summit. Now, get a glimpse into Shawn's thoughts on Apiary Summits.
Shawn Lucas teaching at an Apiary Summit
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Why did you start Apiary Summits?
To meet our traders; we built the Apiary Fund so that there was no need for our traders to physically meet and trade like a Wall Street trading floor. However, there are some advantages to working together on a floor. The purpose of the summit is to tap into some of the collaboration, motivation, and drive you get from a trading floor.
Do you have a favorite Summit?
Well, personally, I feel like Boston was one of my favorites because it was kind of the crowning event after biking and trading across the country. In reality though, every summit we’ve done has had something special about it. Whether it’s trading on the beach or the shark tank or position sizing bee’s - each summit has something unique!
How have Summits grown?
They’ve grown a lot. Our first Summit was in a small hotel in Salt Lake… I think Rob Schmidt was there for that one and we ate a lot of pizza that year because I told the class that everything we made we would use to buy pizza’s. When the delivery guy came, his whole car was filled with pizza. I think everyone had their own!
What is your favorite part of Summit?
A few summits back we started having our traders get together and build their own strategies and present them to the sharks! I really like it because I am able to see all the training and development efforts come together to make something work... I am always amazed by how successful the systems have been!
Any unplanned/unexpected Summit traditions?
If I told you, it would take some of the fun out of it! :)
What’s your biggest worry or stress with Summits?
The thing I don’t ever want to happen is for someone to come to the summit and go away without knowing how genuinely interested we are in their success. Apiary is a special company and I want to make sure the summits are the pinnacle of the care and dedication we feel toward our traders.
In your eyes, what’s the biggest takeaway for traders at the Summit?
By far the biggest takeaway is comradery - trading shoulder to shoulder and really getting to know each other. It’s so motivating to me and to everyone who comes to the Summit; I want to build a better company and I want to be a better trader and I want to do bigger and better things because I get to understand you and the hive much better at the Summits…
Thank you Shawn for the interview, and for your devotion to our growing community of traders. It's amazing to us that we've already had 10 Apiary Summits go by, and we are excited for the many more to come! We look forward to seeing what is going to be accomplished at our upcoming Apiary Summit.