Our Greatest Asset

Our Greatest Asset

Our CFO is always reminding me that our greatest assets are the people in our company. Years ago, I thought the greatest assets were on the financial statement, but over time, I have learned his wisdom. One can have all of the policies in place, the procedures, and the best opportunities with the best customer [Read More]

A Part of Every New Year’s Resolution

A Part of Every New Year’s Resolution

In certain years, both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron were home run kings who to this day are looked up to as quality players. Other times, they led the league in strike outs. My wish for you, and really all of us, is that 2015 be a year that we allow ourselves to make mistakes [Read More]

Supporting a Children’s Fresh Air Farm

Supporting a Children’s Fresh Air Farm

We’ve always thought of our campus as a special place, and this weekend, it has a special mission. Our headquarters will be open on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11-5 and Sunday, Dec 13 from 1-5 as a part of the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour. Funds raised from ticket sales will benefit Children’s Fresh Air [Read More]

Pal

Pal

Two weeks ago, we lost an important part of our staff when Pal, our company dog and my personal pet, died. He was 14-years-old. I struggled and I struggled about what to do. He could not get up any longer and walking was extremely painful. He could only stand on carpet. I worried about what [Read More]

For Success, Attitude is a Good Start

For Success, Attitude is a Good Start

Not too long ago, when I visited Interface‘s offices, I walked past a wall inscribed with these words: To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy, wealthy, happy and successful thoughts twenty four hours a day and [Read More]

The Catch.

The Catch.

I’m on the Auburn University Research Advisory Board, which meets twice a year. About three weeks ago, we had a chance to visit the athletic facilities, and among several there, I had a conversation with head football coach Gus Malzahn. Beyond the academics, Auburn is similar to other great schools in their athletic programs and the [Read More]

The Best Year is Comin’ Up…

The Best Year is Comin’ Up…

I’d like to share a story I read from Vice-Chancellor John McCardell‘s address to the students and faculty of  Sewanee: The University of the South, given at the beginning of this school year. I think the legend of Willie Six has a lot of application for us, as we will shortly begin a new year. Willie Six is a [Read More]

Success: Finding the Right Customers and Keeping Them

Success: Finding the Right Customers and Keeping Them

A number of years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing an address by Charles Cawley. He started his business on a shoestring in an empty A&P food store. This startup would become MBNA Corporation, the largest independent credit card company in the world. As the story goes, one of his first orders of business was [Read More]

To Achieve Collaboration, Create “Teams of One”

To Achieve Collaboration, Create “Teams of One”

Over the last few days, unusually high winds and a lot of rain overtaxed the storm water controls of a recently completed building in Kansas. Water infiltrated the first level of the structure. We studied the problem a few days ago, making recommendations to our customer and the civil engineer. There was still more wind [Read More]

Our Garden Is Going Organic

Our Garden Is Going Organic

It’s been interesting to see our garden take shape over the five years we’ve been here on Overton Road. We started with a small tomato area in 2009. Two years later, we had more than 10 types of plants and herbs just outside our offices. In 2012, we hired a recent college graduate as a part time gardener [Read More]