I took some time to consider what I wanted to say in this message. After all, a lot of “ground” has been covered since our doors opened 32 years ago. I wanted to think and reflect on the experiences, events and people that have stood out over the last three plus decades. Perhaps it is not surprising that the “people” side of things have captured most of my deliberations.
As a case in point, so many CEO’s, Board members and other C-suite executives have enriched my business career throughout the years, generously sharing their insights and contributing to our company in so many ways. And it is and has been a true privilege to be able to call them the very best clients one could hope for. For those reading this, I am sure you know who you are. And to one and all, I extend a warm and heartfelt “Thank You.”
Turning to Simpson Associates itself, one person in our organization deserves special mention for selfless dedication, courage and heart – Jeanne Gilbert. Jeanne has, in so many ways, been the backbone of this organization. And she continues to be pivotal to this day – after more than 15 years of dedication and hard work. Thank you Jeanne…..a true gem!
And more recently, within the last year, we had the rather rare opportunity of acquiring Enhanced Performance Systems, the publisher of a number of psychological assessment tools that we use in the practice. I say rare” because the business had previously been in the hands of the original owner, Dr. R. Nideffer, for almost 40 years. And while I am given to understand that Dr. Nideffer had fielded any number of expressions of interest in purchasing his business, we are fortunate and pleased that he elected to give our group the “nod.” Thank you Bob. A very precious gift and opportunity!
More than three decades! It seems, in some ways, like it was yesterday when this adventure started. And I doubt the “last chapter” is anywhere close to being written! As we go forward, Simpson Associates is continuing to grow – new regional offices, new team members, new challenges. Exciting times, for sure. Welcome to the next thirty plus years!