Amb. Quinn recounts all of the lessons he learned in organizing the 1979 White House National Governor’s Association conference on export promotion as a member of Governor Robert D. Ray’s staff. With several members of the cabinet and seven other governors participating, he recalls the myriad of agonizing details with which he had to deal – from whether the venue would be ready on time to how much seafood to re-order at the reception and still stay within his limited budget. He was surprised by many of the comments he received after the event. He nonetheless took away lessons that would later serve him well when he was on the staff of the U.S. Secretary of State and running the World Food Prize.