Volume 102: What the Team is Thankful For

Hello Corrugated Industry!

This is Kalman Kreitman, Roy’s Director of Operations. Because it’s been such a wild year, we decided that instead of Roy’s usual “this is what I’m thankful for, and here’s a jab at the Cowboys” article that we do around now, we’d ask our team for some input.

I asked members of our team, “What are you thankful for?” These are their responses:

Divina Bartolata, Talent Researcher:
2020 may have not been the year we all expected, but I do have a lot of things that I am thankful for despite the challenges we are all facing right now:

First, I want to thank God for the life we still have now. Many of us may have struggled and may have lost loved ones but here I am, still kicking and doing the best that I can. Second, I am thankful for my colleagues (my virtual family), one of the main reasons why I get up daily, and that I have been given the opportunity to work from the comfort of my own home, where I can stay safe and close to my family during this difficult time. Lastly, I am grateful for my family and friends, who never left my side, making sure that I have everything that I need.

Words are not enough to express my gratitude toward everyone, but I do want to say to all those that struggled and fought to get through this year: 2020 is definitely the year that we all conquered, and that’s already an achievement that we can all be thankful for.

Mitchell Benkufsky, Paper Search Consultant:
2020 has been a wild ride for most likely all of us. With our plans either being thrown out the window or put on hold, it is important to remember the things in our lives that make us happy.

That being said, this Thanksgiving I am thankful for so many things in my life. Starting with my crazy Australian Shepherd, Kashi, who has been keeping me company while I adapt to working from home. He has kept me active and constantly reminds me not to take life too seriously. I am also thankful for my family’s health through all of 2020, and I am very fortunate to have a very loving relationship with my wonderful girlfriend, Peyton.

Sydnee Evans, Corrugated Search Consultant:
As I reflect upon this year that has brought pain and uncertainty for so many, I find there is still much to be thankful for. I am thankful for the unconditional love of my family, and for the new friends this year has brought. I am thankful for good books, amazing podcasts, and new skills and hobbies. I am thankful for coworkers who are supportive and truly want to help each other grow and succeed.

Finally, I am grateful to all of the candidates and companies out there who trust us to bring them closer to their goals. Happy Thanksgiving!

Teresa Hundt, Senior Consultant:
Silly, ridiculous, hilarious, and adorable animal videos. I know this sounds shallow but hear me out.

For many of us, life was mostly predictable before March. Since then, things have turned upside down and will continue through the holidays. But the one thing that always seems to deliver and bring my spirits up are the lighthearted videos of animals on the internet.

I’m thankful there are lots of pet owners who have animals that do funny stuff. I’m thankful they share these videos with us. I’m thankful to have quick access when I’m feeling down, anxious, or stressed. I’m thankful that this works to improve my mental well-being. I’m thankful to be able laugh, smile, and share this with my daughter.

Roy Oberg, The Big Cheese:
As 2020 comes to an end, I am grateful that I remain the author of my life. The decisions that I make today evolve into the life I will have tomorrow. The life I want tomorrow will include my wonderful family, my friends, my teammates at Oberg and Associates, and my livelihood. I am grateful for the health I enjoy. I am grateful for the support I receive from so many people. I hope to be a positive element in the lives of the people that have given me so much.

Stay Strong!

Me, Director of Operations:
In 2020, most of us have experienced more ups and downs than the free weights at your local gym.

But, looking only at the positives: I’m grateful that I’ve been able to use the extra time at home to make big progress on the pile of books I purchased over the years, but never quite got around to reading. I’m grateful that I discovered new a few new skills/hobbies I didn’t know I could learn.

I’m grateful to have been able to keep working in a time when so many didn’t, and I’m thankful for the people in my life that have supported me this year, there’s too many to try to list here.

To wrap up my thoughts on this year, I’m going to quote Dumbledore, who said, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

On behalf of the Oberg Team, I want to wish everyone a (slightly early) Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

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