The first thing I am thankful for this year? Finally being able to wear a sweater and enjoy a glass of wine by the fire. It has been a long, hot summer in San Diego and it feels great to finally have some cool weather.
On a more serious note, I am thankful for so many things this year—it’s difficult to wrap them all up in one single blog post. That said, here are a few things at the top of my gratitude list:
- I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. As a company, we are truly blessed to have such a talented group of committed associates who believe in our mission of serving our clients, colleagues and communities. I look forward to coming to work each and every day. What I enjoy most is simply the opportunity to interact with our amazing colleagues and see their passion for what they do here at MMA West.
- I am thankful that we share a common interest in being good corporate citizens and giving back to our communities. The creation of the Barney & Barney Foundation six years ago was the start of something truly unique and special. With the very generous support of our shareholders, our associates and many key business partners, the Barney & Barney Foundation gives us the chance to ensure that we will leave behind something meaningful and lasting in the communities we serve.
- I am thankful that we have had the opportunity to expand our business to include other organizations that are now part of our own. Beginning with our merger with Saylor & Hill back in 2008 and now including our colleagues from NuWest, Thompkins, Marsh San Diego and MMA Alaska, we have had the chance to grow our business both organically and through new partnerships with many great like-minded people.
- I am thankful to be in a business where we can make a difference when it matters. Let’s face it; insurance is not often considered a glamorous profession. Yet, I like to think of what we do as the “backbone of capitalism”. We provide our clients with the peace of mind that allows them to be entrepreneurs and take business risks, knowing that if something bad happens, they will be protected. I am proud of the work we do and am thankful that we have the opportunity to do it.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, let us all remember to hug those close to us, thank them for being in our lives and tell them how much we care for and appreciate them. And then, let’s put on a sweater and watch some football.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!