A Simple Garden Grows More than Produce

A Simple Garden Grows More than Produce

Three years ago we decided to plant a few tomato plants beside our office. That small patch of land has become much more. Our plot has grown into a full garden featuring silver queen corn, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, watermelons, squash, turnip greens, cucumbers, peppers and of course—tomatoes. Beyond the beautiful produce, the beds have [Read More]

A Simple Flower Can Bring A Company Together

A Simple Flower Can Bring A Company Together

Every year, we have a Christmas gathering to bring all the Stewart Perry families together. The first year this reunion was held at our place, we spent one Saturday morning planting several hundred daffodils across the lake on the hillside. We chose that spot because it is visible from our conference room and is a [Read More]

Looking for ways to help out in the community? A few suggestions.

Looking for ways to help out in the community? A few suggestions.

Last week we finished our United Way campaign in the city but it was not without a real push by its leadership and the United Way. Someone said that while the economy is cyclical, community needs are constant. I have been thinking of some ways that small businesses can give back to the community that [Read More]

A Tight Fishing Net

A Tight Fishing Net

When the first Tour de France bicycle race was held in 1903; Maurice Garin, the winner, clocked in nearly three hours ahead of the second-place finisher, Hippolyte Auconturier. This year, the margin of victory was a mere 39 seconds. The three-week-long race covered 2,263 miles. That means winner Alberto Contador traveled each mile 0.0172 of [Read More]

A Visit Unexpected…

A Visit Unexpected…

In my travels I get to experience some cool things and this recent experience reminded me of things that many us take for granted. This recently happened to me during my last visit to the Dakota’s this fall.  After arriving, we gathered in a small bar and were approached by a young man who had [Read More]

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

If Bank Credit is hard to get these days then Surety Credit is a real close second

While I think our economy continues to heal from what we are seeing the next 12 to 18 months will see more failures of the weak in commercial real estate and the construction industry.  2012 will be a tough year on the sureties and surety credit will even be harder to obtain over the next [Read More]

Building a Community Takes More Than Brick and Mortar

Building a Community Takes More Than Brick and Mortar

We at Stewart Perry like where we live, and we like our neighbors. Donna Sue Groves believes you can express those feelings through her relatively newfound art—barn quilts. “The barn quilts are public art that celebrates the place people call home. They make people feel good about themselves and where they live.” – Donna Sue [Read More]

Spikes in College Applicants Show American Youth’s True Colors—Red, White and Blue

Since Planting Acorns evolved primarily as a forum to discuss views, encounters and takeaways from my professional life, it’s rare that I have the occasion to mention my family. With that said, I think facets of our personal lives shape the way we think professionally, so it’s important you know I’m a fortunate father of [Read More]

Seeds of Creativity: Building Solidarity in Our Community

Seeds of Creativity: Building Solidarity in Our Community

While traveling to project sites, I like to take the side roads “the roads less traveled” instead of the interstate, so I can get a better feel for the communities we are impacting. Along the way, I have come to know and support many local craftsmen and artists. Their unique pieces give me a chance [Read More]