Remembering Denai VaughnMay 24, 2012 by Michael Bowers
I was in Dallas at Carrie Wilkerson’s BOSS 2011 event last fall and met Denai Vaughn. I remember Denai having great energy and having built a great business platform under the brand of the “Networking Queen”. I sat next to Denai during a panel presentation where we discussed building “buzz” for your business. I was so impressed with Denai that I knew I wanted her to be a presenter at the 2012 Ohio Growth Summit. We discussed this and agreed to talk in November. On November 8, 2011 I was lying awake during the middle of the night, as I am apt to do, and saw I had a message on my phone. It was a message from Carrie that Denai had been killed in a car accident in Texas the day before. I was in shock.
While we did not know each other for very long Denai was an inspiration to me. I had hoped to build out Ideas2Deals the way she had built out many of her on-line properties. I feel that Denai would have been a great addition to the 2012 Ohio Growth Summit both in assisting people build an on-line presence and to help them improve their on-line and off-line networking.
Denai was a person of great faith which has helped with the grieving process but we will always have a void left by Denai’s absence. Denai left behind her husband Tim and a young daughter along with countless friends and associates she had touched during her all to brief life.
One of Denai’s profiles reads “Do more. Be more. Achieve more. You are worth it!”. She lived that motto and truly made a difference.
While she won’t physically be with us on May 24 when I take the stage at the Ohio Growth Summit Denai will be there with me.
Thank you Denai for everything.