What a day! For about half of you this is your first M5 birthday party. Enjoy the start of your journey. For the rest of us, this is a day filled with nostalgia and pride. It is the one day a year that we are all together to thank each other, and slap M5 high-fives. We've accomplished so much this year. And I don't only mean the 42 people that learned to rock, or the 17 that learned to roll. We've built a rocket and readied it for lift-off. You can feel the rumbling of the engine, the smoke billowing beneath us, the tight straps holding us in, the countdown ... I say it every year, but picture what next year's event will be like!
Breathe. Relax. Take it in. Meet some new M5r's ("Cloudies"). Meet our clients. Thank our partners. Wear your nametags on the right side. Introduce yourself. Drink responsibly. Cheer like crazy for the bands. Give some hugs.
And thank you for the honor you are giving me tonight, the chance to take a bow on your behalf. It is going to be one of the proudest moments of my life.