In the years that I’ve been doing this newsletter, I’ve taken many approaches to the Thanksgiving article. I’ve used it to relate industry issues to the Dallas Cowboys, who, frankly, have enough of their own issues this year. I’ve sent out plain-Jane “Happy Thanksgiving” cards. I’ve occasionally used it as a soapbox to tell people to be thankful for what they have in their lives.
This year, I’m not going to do any of that. This year, I’m just going to tell you what I’m thankful for.
From a personal standpoint, I’m thankful for my family: a family that has seen its share of challenges and growth this year. We had college graduations, intense back surgeries, old careers ending, new careers beginning, and plenty of headaches, heartbreaks, happiness, and adventure in between.
From a professional standpoint, I’m thankful for my team here at O&A, a team that tends to go above and beyond to try to help our company succeed. Of course, they don’t put this effort in because of some misplaced sense of charity; they put it in because they share my vision for what I want this company to look like, and see that they can build strong futures here. Even through the tough times, challenges, and sometimes passionate internal disagreements, I know that we’re all pulling the same direction.
Also on the professional side, I’m also thankful for all of you: my friends, and yes, even some of the not-so-good friends, in the corrugated industry. The ones that take my call every time and will give me candid counsel on obstacles I might be facing, the ones I have to chase for weeks after being promised that they’d be more responsive moving forward, and the ones that don’t take my calls at all anymore. All of you help, or force, me and my team to be better recruiters and consultants if we want to be a resource for this exciting, sometimes crazy, industry.
This year has been an exciting one for Oberg and Associates, LLC, and has set the company up for a lot of growth, and many more exciting years moving forward.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to see where this company, and this industry, can grow to next.