(Note: Debbie Cleghorn was the administrative director in two different businesses I owned over five years. She’s one of the most trusted people I know.)
Sometimes you have gut feelings about people. I’m glad I went with my gut the day we met. I didn’t hire you on the spot, but I knew you were the one. I just knew.
When you have responsibility for so many things – sales, quality control, human resources, payroll, taxes, etc.,) – all the things that go with small business ownership, there’s nothing I’ve found more important and reassuring than a great office leader. Knowing that you can trust someone completely is one of the greatest bits of peace a small business owner will ever enjoy.
I knew your morals would never waiver, and they didn’t. I knew you’d always do more
than you were asked, and you did. I knew you’d watch over my shoulder. And you always did that, too. I knew your interest would always be greater than what you could achieve for itself. And it surely was.
More than anything, thank you for being such a good friend. Some of those times weren’t so easy. You never wavered – never flinched. Dana and I will always love you. I hope you never forget it.
Launching a new business is never an easy thing. There’s SO much that goes into it, and you walked through it with me twice. For the success that we enjoyed, I doubt it would’ve happened without you.
Thank you for helping me live a couple of my laughable dreams.