As I reflect back on my 36 years with Fenstermaker & Associates, what impacts me the most are the relationships that I’ve formed. I hold relationships above anything else. The companionship and the true friendship that I’ve found here with all of you will stay with me forever, and I know that we’ll remain lifelong friends.
“Greg’s patience and steady approach in operating our family business has been inspirational. I’ve learned from Greg what it means to be a true team player, because I’ve seen it exemplified in everything he’s done.” —Charles Fenstermaker, President
The nostalgia is just overwhelming. I find myself reflecting on:
The hours spent with Brad as we worked, talking about family and our family values.
The many flights, miles, hotels, and presentations with Bill and Brad, being a part of the family.
The professional discussions with Mr. C. H. Fenstermaker, the feeling of being in the presence of a Master Craftsman, and sharing the love of walking in the footsteps of the original Surveyors.
A visit from Miss Willie, what a ray of sunshine, the touch of a beautiful Lady.
The discussions, decisions made with Bill, R.J., Mr. Curry, Brad, and others.
There were challenges, of course, but we always moved forward. The trust woven through these relationships was and IS amazing. I know that this sense of trust will be instrumental to your future growth with the ‘Fenstermaker 2.0’ cultural initiative.
I see Fenstermaker 2.0 as an embodiment of our teams’ dreams, expectations, pushing-boundaries attitude, and trustworthy reputation. I hope those dreams will become reality, and Fenstermaker will continue to be a company where employees grow professionally and reach their potential.
As my time with Fenstermaker draws to a close, I hope that my passion to mentor, to teach, and to share is my legacy. It all comes down to human connection—doing what’s right for the people around us —our families, our colleagues, our communities, our country. You need only take a peek at my bookcase to know what I mean. It’s a microcosm of my life: a book, a rock, a coffee cup. What I mean to say is:
Celebrate the success. Monument the joy. Share life. Take time to help the new person, as they are the future. Be good to each other.