Why I’m Traveling to the Countryside on My Friday Night…

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In these “Dog Days of Summer,” I wouldn’t normally blog something so personal, but I think it’s warranted here and hopefully worth your couple minutes of review.

Like me, you probably have people in your life who don’t often get the recognition they deserve. The people who do some of the “un-glamorous” work. Well, I’ve had someone effectively manage my company database for over 11 years, and I can unequivocally say that isn’t terribly glamorous work. She did so with my former company, and I’ve managed to have her working part-time with us here at Fountainhead since nearly the beginning.

Later today, I’ll be flying up to Dayton, Ohio then driving for a while into the countryside for a wedding tomorrow held at a covered bridge, most likely in the blazing sun! To say this is a bit out of the way is probably an understatement. But, I’m happy to do so because I’m very grateful for all the work Robin has done for me over the years, and I’m honored to share in her special day. In fact, I almost packed a suit like I’d normally wear to such an occasion, but thankfully my wife reminded me that it won’t be “fancy like that.”

In addition to her “day” job working with the president of a local college, Robin spends a couple hours a day keeping the Fountainhead database pristine. But that’s not all Robin does…

Robin’s been a foster parent — I was one of her recommendations to the authorities – despite having no children of her own (yet). I’m pretty sure it takes a special person to do such a thing. She’s also such a massive sports fan, especially high school sports, that she attends most games, even when she didn’t attend a nearby high school. Robin is that person who gives thoughtful, handmade gifts to people on their birthdays and brings something she baked into the office about once a month, sometimes once every few weeks. She’s also an absolute Holy Terror on her favorite holiday: April Fool’s Day. Let’s just say that has been one, small “benefit” of her moving away years ago – I don’t have to be so cautious around the offices on April 1st any more. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think Robin hardly ever sleeps.

Without getting overly spiritual or religious on you, I DO believe sometimes people come into our lives for a reason. For me, Robin has been a model of kindness in a sometimes unkind business world. People with such work ethic are always appreciated in business, but when they’re also one of the nicest people you’ve come across, loyalty to them is pretty easy…. and pretty wise!

I’m not sure who in your business life might remind you of our “Robin”, but perhaps it’s worth your reflection? And more importantly, it’s probably worth you stating your gratitude to them. We could all use more Robins. Maybe one day, I’ll convince her to let us add her to our “About Us” webpage – to add a little beauty and estrogen to our decidedly masculine site. 😉

Anyway, everyone here at Fountainhead wants to wish Robin and Greg tremendous joy in their new life together as newly-weds. We’re glad you’re part of our Fountainhead family! And we’re glad your kindness is reflected in what we do daily.

Enjoy your Fountainhead Friday! And thank a “Robin” in your life today.

— Chris & The Fountainhead Team

P.S. And if you want some pretty nice specialists to work with on your commercial real estate acquisition, you know how to get ahold of us. You might even congratulate Robin with a comment below – she’ll no doubt see your message. 🙂

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15 Comments on “Why I’m Traveling to the Countryside on My Friday Night…”

  1. Douglas Engle

    Chris, I appreciate hearing about Robin and your feelings for her contribution. Nice to hear ‘ good stuff ‘.

  2. Sal Trupiano

    This was a really nice and heart warming letter and I really enjoyed reading it.

    I hope you and your wife have a great time at the wedding.

    Finally, congratulations to Robin and Greg – may your lives together be a joy forever.

    Regards, Sal

  3. Becky Johnson

    That was a wonderful email. I enjoyed reading it and so glad you sent it out. Congrats to Robin. You are absolutely correct we need more Robins in this world. Thanks for sharing her.

    Have a wonderful time at the wedding!

  4. Mike McCarthy

    Nice note and reflection about a valued partner as part of your team… “Good People” don’t get the recognition they truly deserve.

  5. Cathy Codispoti

    Wow, what a touching tribute! It is such a wonderful gift to have someone like that in your life.

    Congratulations Robin on your upcoming nuptials’!

  6. Rosemary Maltese

    Thank you for the great story and for the attention due to Robin! Wishing her the very best in her new life with Greg!!

  7. Craig Van Langen

    This is a wonderful tribute Chris. Thank you. I will make a special effort to realize and recognize the “Robin’s ” in my life. Good luck with Fountainhead.

  8. Chris Hurn

    Thank you to everybody for your kind comments…we will make sure that our “Robin” sees them all 🙂

  9. Robin Tholen

    I’m not sure what reminded me of this post, but something did … and I re-read these very thoughtful words, and so many kind “Congratulations”. I am sure I sent an email to Chris, but also thought I had responded to this blog post. I feel bad that I must have not saved it, or forgotten! Chris, thank you, again, for making the trip to be a part of our celebration, for your sacrifice in missing a family get-together to attend, for your very generous words in this post, etc. It has been a blessing to be able to work alongside you (even if from a distance) for about 12 years. Thank you, again. All of you for such kind thoughts!!

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