This Man Sold His Calf to Travel to New York and Pitch an Idea to a Big CEO

Chasing a chief executive officer to share a complaint or idea is as American as an unwanted cable TV price increase. Brooks O'Kelley says he wrote dozens of letters to the CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson, begging for a problem fix."Calling the 1-800 number didn't get me what I needed," he says. "You have to be quite persistent." It worked.Kathy Smith cracks me up. The 83-year-old Dallas woman faced the same issue, same company."I don't think you understand," she wrote AT&T. "I don't want to talk to anyone on the phone. I want to talk to your CEO in person at his office in Dallas."She listed five dates when she was available and added presumptuously, "I will need directions to his building and instructions about parking." Guess who never got a meeting?The biggest loser in the Chasing After a CEO game doesn't even live in the U.S. He's 22-year-old Jose Dresser Gutierrez Giraldo from Colombia. He wanted to come to America and meet Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes because he admired him. "I like what he represents," he says. The Colombian wanted to share his tech idea.  Continue reading...

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