In signing off from my long involvement in this special industry, I have to thank the many friends I have made and spent so many rewarding hours with, who cared and contributed. The day he ended his term as NACS chairman, Bill Douglass said it best: “It takes a village.” Well, without the tribe in my village, CSP would not be what it is today. A big thank-you to all of you not mentioned here; you know who you are.
As for that “R” word, another Draytonism motivated me as I contemplated a change: “You cannot grow and remain the same; you need to move out of your comfort zone.” I embraced that, along with another of my favorites: “You’re never too old to be what you want to be.”
For the past 18 months, I have traveled the United States and South America, among other places, delving into the right side of my brain. I have taken on transition work for CSP and some fun and interesting consulting projects, considered offers to serve on a board or two, and looked at investing in, buying or starting a new business. I became partners with Jim Fiene in what’s destined to be the best group of 7-Eleven franchise stores anywhere.
But that’s just “comfort zone” stuff. An uncommitted schedule has led me into areas of fun, personal growth and more that good fortune is allowing me to explore. Where will the journey take me? Not sure. What I am sure of is that we all have a great deal to be thankful for. The real priorities are being sure we keep a well-balanced spiritual, emotional, physical and financial life.
At 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, I will raise my glass to all of you. (Please join me!) God bless, and thank you for the ride I am so grateful for. I look forward to seeing you around life’s campus. If I can repay your kindness, find me at
Happy New Year to us all. The best is yet to come!