As we get into the thick of the holiday season and near the end of the year, I am totally thankful for living in this great country and especially in Birmingham, Alabama. I have personally been very blessed. I made about every mistake one could make early in my life but by growing up some (not completely) and working hard, I have been given every opportunity to be successful and be part of a very successful 28 year old company.
One of the many great things about our company and our people is we have always found ways of giving back to this community. We give to many local charities. In fact we will give to 28 charities this year to celebrate our 28 years in business. Next year we will give to 29. In addition, we adopt families in trouble each and every holiday season and provide gifts, food, money, etc. for local folks in need. We do not wear our faith on our sleeves and tell the world about it, but we have people in our company from various faiths and beliefs, and we respect them all and support the charities and organizations that are important to them.
We are so thankful to the people in this city who have been wonderful to Southpace and me individually. Have there been some folks who have not been willing to work with this crazy Italian from upstate New York who moved here about 42 years ago, or our great company? Absolutely. This is simply a part of life: not everyone is going to like you. But if you’re honest, work hard and your clients and friends know that you are working to protect their interests first, you will have as much business as you want. And that is really something to be thankful for! Happy holidays!