A Ringmaster Goes Country

January 26, 2015 3:40 PM

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I knew he was up to something. Men like Bill Powell always have those imaginary wheels turning. It's to be expected. It's what he does and has done for over 40 years with Feld Entertainment, the leader in live family entertainment and parent company to nearly 40 live entertainment spectaculars, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, The Greatest Show On Earth. Every successful company has "that guy." The one whose loyalty is undisputed, and more importantly, whose contributions are the thing of legend -- a Joseph to the Pharaoh, if you will.

I could see it in his widened gaze, pursed lips and raised eyebrows as he leaned across the table toward me. This was a loaded question. Not in the sense that he sought to entrap me over something. Rather, whatever was churning in his mind, it was clear that he was prepared to sell me on it, by any ...

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