As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the 10th year of our agency, I wanted to stop and reflect on those things that I’m grateful for as its founder. My entrepreneurial journey has been an amazing ride of ups and downs, but I have so many things to be grateful for. Here are some of those things that I’m most thankful for:
1. I am grateful for our clients in the public affairs space that have entrusted us over the years to help with their content, digital and advocacy needs. We have worked with clients ranging from government agencies to trade associations to businesses to non-profits at the local, state and national levels. It has been our pleasure to help them accomplish their legislative, policy, electoral and public affairs goals.
2. I am grateful for the talented team of public affairs experts, content marketers, developers and social media experts at Arc 3.
3. I am grateful to our trusted partners in helping us to carry out our mission. These knowledgeable experts in accounting, law, finance, human resources and technology are invaluable.
4. I am grateful to the great team at the historic Stephens Building who provide us with a neat space to work, just off the historic Marietta Square.
5. I am grateful to own a business in the Cobb County community that I grew up in. Cobb’s business friendly environment and rich history and civic life combined with being surrounded by family and friends and mentors has kept me grounded and helped my business flourish.
6. I am grateful to our agency competitors, who by their efforts in the marketplace, push us to do better and strive to be our best.
7. I am grateful for the digital, social media, creative and tech start-up community of Atlanta in which we are constantly learning new tools and tactics through shared knowledge and learning.
8. As Founder of an agency focused on public affairs, I am grateful for the many long-standing institutions in government, politics and civic life and the leaders, people and ideas that sustain them. While it’s been under siege by a pandemic and a time of technological and societal pressures, the great civic life of our country depends upon engaged citizens, media, candidates, elected officials and government public servants at all levels.
9. I am grateful for mentors, friends and colleagues throughout my career in government, politics, academia and the agency world who have offered sound advice and encouragement. Many have also referred business our way and I’m thankful.
10. I am most grateful to my family for their constant love, patience, prayers and support throughout my entrepreneurial journey. My wife Mary and our five children have shared this experience with me every step of the way. Mary has been a sounding board, critic, and cheerleader. Her kindness, patience and love has been the rock upon which my successful agency has been built.
Most of all, I am grateful to God for these last 10 years and the opportunity to embark on my entrepreneurial journey. Without his love and my faith in him, nothing is possible.