I use this column to share my feelings on technology, on security, on our community and our world. I share what it in my heart and on my mind. And I hope that you appreciate my honest talk. I don’t want our newsletters to be just about technology as our client relationships are so much more than that. We build a trust that we hope becomes a friendship. We know that when you can combine business and friendships, with trust, great things can happen.
It’s Turkey time!! It’s that time of year where we bring family together, sit around the table, eat a great meal, watch some football and hopefully discuss the many things that we have to be thankful for. And I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. I am truly thankful to my team at Preferred, as we are a close work family and I am so very proud of each and every one of them. I want to thank you, our clients, as we know that without you, there is no us. I promise that we will always put your needs first and do our best to be your perfect partner. I am thankful for my wife Diane, who has worked side by side with me for almost 26 years (Wow, yes we have been serving the community for that long). I am thankful for my family, who I hope I make proud of each day. Also of worthy mention are the brave men and women who serve us each and every day, whether they be local, state, federal or military. They many times go un-noticed and under-appreciated, which is sad.
I also want to share a very personal story. This Thanksgiving means even more to me than usual because as I write this, my youngest sister is in a hospital having a Kidney Transplant. Thank the Lord it seems to have gone well and she is recuperating. She had been going to Dialysis for over 5 years now, 3 times per week for about 4 hours each session, and her condition was getting worse. I could not be more thankful that a living donor, who had never met my sister or our family, raised their hand to save a life, my sisters life. Just think of the gift that is being given here and the selflessness of this living donor. I thank the Lord that there are people like this who would raise their hand to help someone that they don’t even know. I ask each of you to consider the ways that you can “raise a hand” to help. It certainly does not have to be something this life altering, but consider seeing what you can do to help out your community. We were blessed to live in what I know is a great country. Let’s all be thankful for that this, and more, this Turkey Day.
President – CEO