As the summer of 2017 has winded down, I’ve spent a great deal of time reflecting on the whirlwind of activities that transpired both personally and professionally. It was a season of excitement, change, growth and challenge, and I always find it interesting to be at an age where you think things are in stability mode, but you realize soon after that there may not be such a thing.
Many of you may know that I embarked on a major — for me — development project to renovate a church built in 1892 into our new M3 Group headquarters. Although the result has been magnificent and prideful, the process was difficult and challenging. For someone who likes to be in control at work, this project was a journey of cost overages and unforeseen delays. I can say that, even though, I do not want to do this type of project again, I learned so much about development, tax incentives, historic renovation and, of course, myself.
Because my team is moving into our new building this month, we put our current buildings up for lease. They say it’s not the best idea to use your heart when making real estate decisions, however, I have come to love the buildings that we have grown up in as a work family. Therefore, I’m hoping that other small company owners will want to grow their businesses with one of these buildings; if you’re interested, stop by and check them out.
This past spring, we opened a Detroit office and spent the summer fanning the flames of potential growth in the region. I love the Detroit area; my grandparents lived downtown, and I spent time there as a child. I have great memories of walking everywhere with my grandma, who never learned to drive. And now is an exciting time to join the Motor City. The energy is amazing, and we’re coming through the summer with clients and activity that supported our desire to expand.
In the meantime, my children were expanding their own horizons. My oldest son, a senior at Michigan State University, decided to study abroad in London. He was gone for four weeks this summer and had the time of his life. Getting him ready to go — and worrying for his safety in this context — was indeed a new experience for me, but I’m thrilled that he could have an adventure and learn something in the process. I also moved my youngest son into Olivet College, where he has the opportunity to join the collegiate golf team, which is a dream of his. All in all, having two kids in college is a new adventure in itself.
Lastly, WLAJ ABC 53 and Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine have partnered to launch a TV show called “Capitol View,” which features group commentary and two-minute informational segments. You’ll see an ad showcasing information in this magazine issue. And as soon as the premiere date is announced, we’ll let the CAWLM family know. Based on segments shot this summer, you’re in for a treat. Great community, amazing women and valuable information — be sure to stay tuned.
I hope your summer was eventful and relaxing.