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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.

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Greg Kahn/Staff Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.

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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, center, jokes with Karen Strehl, right, as he prepares to play Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier on April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, center, packs up the trumpet after playing Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World at the Naples Pier in front of USU management and board members during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, left, puts away the trumpet after playing Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World at the Naples Pier in front of USU management and board members during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
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Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, right, is congratulated by Udo Strehl, left, after Staudt played Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier in front of USU management and board members during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
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Erwin Staudt, right, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier in front of USU management and board members during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM-Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
  • Greg Kahn/Staff
Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
  • Greg Kahn/Staff
Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
  • Greg Kahn/Staff
Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, right, plays Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier in front of USU management and board members during sunset Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.
  • Greg Kahn/Staff
Erwin Staudt, a board member with USU Software, the third-largest IT company in Germany, center, jokes with Karen Strehl, left, as he prepares to play Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World on the trumpet at the Naples Pier on April 17, 2012. Staudt, the former CEO of IBM in Germany, said in 2008 that there was no way the company would double its goals in revenue and earnings by 2012. He said if they did, he would play the trumpet on the Naples Pier at Sunset.

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