Turkey. Mashed Potatoes. Gravy. Pumpkin pie. Family. Friends. As the warm aroma of apple pie fills our kitchens this Thanksgiving, I am transported back to my childhood, watching my mother in her kitchen, which she ran like her travel business — with a lot of love, emotion, and good conversation. Her business thrived for more than 30 years because her clients trusted her. As a little boy she used to say to me, “Life is all about trust, Ron. It’s what you do with other people’s trust that will determine what kind of man you are. It will determine who you were meant to be.” My mother impressed upon me that the continued support from my family, friends and colleagues, both personally and professionally, sends a powerful message; all of you trust that MMC will take care of your friends and colleagues. As Bea’s son and president of the company, I am committed to keeping this trust. And I thank you.
Of course, Bea was not the only one to impress upon me an important business – and life – lesson that I am thankful for. As a young boy I watched my father, an oil company CEO, greet the oil truck drivers at dawn, chat with them about their day, and hand them an apple before working a long, hard day in the office and still finding time to come home and play catch with his son; this sent a powerful message to me about loyalty, commitment, and giving to others. When I look in my own son’s eyes, I think about my father. And this drives me. This past year I ran my first 5K (at the urging of my running-obsessed spouse). While this was a personal effort to improve my own health, it also allowed me to give back to the community by providing pro bono PR services to the Sprint for Monroe on June 5th, 2011, whose proceeds benefited many local charities. And yes, my father was there, holding my son’s and daughter’s hands, to watch me cross the finish line. For that, I am also thankful.
When I look in my own childrens’ eyes during the holiday season I can’t help but ask myself: am I doing enough to give back, to thank my parents for providing me with such amazing love, warmth, and opportunity? This time of year, to me, is about the children. And that’s why MMC is partnering again with the Monroe Police Department and Special Olympics Connecticut in promoting its second annual “Plunge at the Park” charity event. The “Penguin Plunge” will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Great Hollow Lake in Wolfe Park in Monroe. We expect to have local businesses, professionals, students, civic groups, law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, town officials, and several of our athletes donning costumes, team jerseys and bathing suits to “take the plunge” to support Monroe and our surrounding communities’ athletes! If you are interested in joining us in donating – or even taking the plunge! – you can contact us or follow us on our Facebook “Monroe Plunge Connecticut” page. Your generosity would greatly help make this day memorable and meaningful for our local athletes.
MMC continues to grow, and I am so thankful to you for our continued success. I am honored by the client referrals we have received in the past year alone, and I am very grateful that you value and respect my company enough to recommend it to others. I know that all of our accomplishments would be impossible without the support, collaboration and professional relationships you provide MMC.
I would also like to congratulate all of our clients on their positive media coverage this past year. I am delighted that our clients continue to be regularly featured in such notable local, regional, national and worldwide media outlets. Such outlets include, but are not limited to: FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Business Week, USA Today, Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Bloomberg Radio, AP, and NPR. I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank each of our clients for allowing MMC to guide and help them achieve their public relations initiatives and personal goals.
Once again, on behalf of all of us at MMC, I thank you for your ongoing support and continuous feedback on our efforts. We wish you and your family a warm, healthy and happy holiday season.