On the recent Labor Day holiday, I got to thinking about the work we do here. It takes so many people to find new projects, keep our projects going, do our marketing, and talk to potential clients! When you are in the midst of your day-to-day work, you sometimes forget to thank the people who make that work possible. They toil along beside you, stick with frustrating projects, and manage to find the humor, even when they cut their fingers off, fall off a ladder, or are yelled at by strangers. If we don’t stick together and support each other, this whole business will just stall out.
In that vein, I’m sharing flowers with all my Hermit Haus Redevelopment colleagues and connections. Plus, I have a few special thank you notes, so bear with me here.
First, I’ll thank my fellow directors: Russell, if it weren’t for you, we never would have come up with this business in the first place. Thanks for being such a big-picture thinker, and for persisting in encouraging us to go to that FortuneBuilders meeting in the first place! And thank you, as always, for your technical savvy and your unflagging networking in the Austin area. Thanks to you, we have so many great contacts and are becoming more and more connected with others. And your strong focus on goals and outcomes keeps us on course. You’re also a great friend, and I appreciate all that listening to me that you’ve done over the years.
And Carol, with your energy and tenacity you have helped keep all our projects moving forward, and built so many relationships with clients and contractors. It’s been great having you to rely on for real estate knowledge and for a long list of contractor contacts. You always ask good questions that make us think about what we are doing and consider all the options. That’s invaluable! Thanks for your cheerful morning voice when the rest of us can barely croak out a “hello,” and for being patient with us as we have been learning the business. Thank you for making so many contacts in the groups you belong to and keeping in touch with all your contacts so faithfully. We need to be remembered!
Well, I have lots of things to thank Lee for, but in this business I especially thank you for being willing to handle the complicated financial transactions that go along with a real estate investment business. He is doing such a great job learning the tax implications of things we do, keeping track of all our lenders and those to whom we have lent money, and letting us know where we stand. Whew. In addition to all that, Lee has also been networking in the areas north of Austin, and giving our business a higher profile with fellow business people and community members. Lee has represented us in numerous places, and we’re grateful for his speaking skills.
We owe a big debt to Mandi, who has taken some of the day-to-day record keeping work off Lee’s hands, and has brought in her own network of contacts. She jumped right in and learned all our systems, the QuickBooks stuff, and everything. Thanks to you, we also have many new contractors and vendors to work with. You bring humor into our social media presence, and arealways there to decorate and cook with me when we have events. What a welcome addition to our team!
The support and listening ear that Anita’s provided me in the past two years has been a real help. I’m glad that you’re now learning our project management system and getting your feet wet with the Taylor Homestead. I truly appreciate all the editorial stuff you do on my posts, so I don’t leave egregious errors up there for the whole world to see. And your perspective on our projects is always welcome and appreciated. I’m glad your voice is there at our morning meetings.
Of course I haven’t forgotten Frank, who brings years of experience to the team, and has been really patient as he figures out how our group works. It is such a relief to have someone in the San Antonio area who can keep an eye on our properties and who knows contractors there. If he just keeps his hands out of the equipment, we hope to have him managing projects for us well into the future!
Our team also consists of the many contractors we’ve worked with in our first two years of business, and we’re thankful for their hard work and efforts to meet our deadlines. And there are also our business partners, who work with us on projects, find wholesale properties for us, provide private money funding, or allow us to fund their projects.
But there’s also YOU, our readers and Facebook fans. Those of you who are business contacts help us find business, do title work for us, serve as legal help, and of course handle our money! And so many of our friends and family have sent us contacts or contacted us themselves with potential properties to work on. We appreciate you ALL, and want to make sure we SAY it.
Thanks to this whole team for giving me things to share, things to write about, and encouragement. Now, go out and kick today’s butt, as we always say!
All flower photos were taken in and around the Bobcat Lair.