A Season for Giving Thanks


As the holiday season quickly approaches, I have much to be thankful for. Within the next month, I will be embarking on a new chapter in my life as I will be leaving an industry I have work in for 251/2 years. I am not sure yet how I am feeling about it, but there are days I feel excited, and others not so much. It’s such a bittersweet time because I will miss so many people who I have gained a real fondness for, and I can truly say that I have come to really like them as co-workers, and they have become some of my dearest friends.

As the time gets closer, I am looking forward to taking a couple of weeks to travel to Utah to visit 2 of my sons, We will be staying with my youngest son Justin and his 3 kids, he has 2 boys and a girl, their names are Payson, Easton, and Kenslie. I have met Payson and Easton, but this will be my first time meeting my precious little granddaughter. I see their pictures on Facebook and get so excited to be able to go and see them, to finally spend some time with them again. It has been much too long.

Meanwhile back at work, they have already posted to fill my position as Operations Supervisor, and I can say that it feels really weird to know that someone else will finally be taking my place, and becoming  part of a unique group of individuals who will develop a special bond  as they work together to  propel Cherriots into the next phase of economic growth. These individuals have been carefully chosen to be future leaders and to set the example of Superior leadership, as another era begins.

I am so thankful for my own very special support group that helped me when things got tough and I wanted to walk off the job. (You have no Idea). It was your kindness and support that got me through the tough times and for that I am grateful. Keith Rosentrater, you are a rock star, your patience and support has been unwavering, thanks for answering the same questions over, and over, and over again until information finally sunk into my hard head. Don Rundle, you seemed to be the dad that people needed, you were always able to make people laugh, and you helped them with their home remodeling projects, you were a therapist for some, and you both you and Keith were a father to the fatherless when it was needed. Your dedication to others never went unnoticed, and it was much appreciated. Thank you!

To Al, David, Christi, Bob, and Ty, you all are a very fine group of people, and I am glad that I got to know all of you. As the new group of Supervisor begins to trickle in, I hope they can appreciate you as much as I do, and  I hope you all enjoy much success in your Careers. Just know that all of you will hold a special place in my heart.   Don Clifford, you have a big job ahead of you, and I am sorry to say I don’t envy the task before you, but you are truly up to the task, I wish you much success as the Assistant Manager of Operations for as long as you choose to stay. Mark Polson, you so far have been a real asset to this company, I appreciate your openness, and that you seem to make things fun, and interesting so far…, I wish you much success in your new position as the “Chief”.

And last but not least, My thanks to Mr. Charles Clarke, for your leadership while you were at the helm at Cherriots as our fearless leader.  I wish you much success in your new role, whatever it ends up being, and  I hope you find some comfort for your back problem and that things get better. It was a pleasure to work under your leadership, and I enjoyed getting to know you and your family. Honorable Mentions go to Keith Russell and Tara Munson thank you for your training expertise. Thanks again to all of you I wish you all the best!

Until Next blog,



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