This is my 10th Thanksgiving as a recruiter. Please indulge me as I think about, and give thanks for the people around me and the career I enjoy. If not for the people, nothing else would really matter. I live for my family and friends first, and then for my career. I’m thankful to be surrounded by a healthy, happy and caring family. I’m most thankful for Barbara, who’s stuck with me when times were very stressed. Her strength, understanding and perspective have all (thankfully) contributed to our company’s success.
I’m also thankful for the health of this career as a recruiter. I’m thankful for all the clients and candidates and colleagues who have trusted me over the years. I’m proud and pleased to have been able to help clients grow, while helping professionals advance in their careers at the same time. It’s very satisfying. I’m thankful that many of my clients and candidates remain friends.
I’m thankful (and proud) that REBUS has grown into an organization that has earned a place of value in the St. Louis advertising community. I’m thankful for the dedicated and tireless group of volunteers who are really the ones that make REBUS what it is and without whom REBUS would cease to exist.
I’m thankful (and proud) that another organization I was involved with founding is growing slowly, but surely. Ready and Willing is in its second (public) year and has embarked on its journey to help those St. Louis regional non-profits receive marketing support. Without r+w that marketing support would otherwise not be available. We’ve completed our first project with the St. Louis Special Olympics, the St. Louis Track Club and the Clayton Police. We’re getting ready to facilitate more contributions from the advertising community to the St. Louis community of charities.
I’m incredibly happy and personally proud that I’ve been elected to the Board of the International Photography Hall of Fame . . . acceptance to that position is one significant achievement for my 25 years as a photographer. It’s almost incomprehensible to me that I would be a part of such an historically significant organization in the medium I love most. I’ll be challenged and enthusiastic about supporting the opportunity to bring the headquarters of the IPHF to St. Louis’ Grand Center. You’ll be hearing more from me regarding that effort.
I’m a lucky guy. I love my wife, and we’re both healthy. My family is healthy . . . my business is healthy. I’m very thankful. Thank you for allowing me to share my thanks with you.
I wish you, your families, colleagues and those close to you all the very best for a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving Holiday!