For everything there is a season...

...and a time for every purpose under heaven:  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

And now it is time for a changing of the guard at WPF. I did not come to this decision lightly and it took a few years to finally get to this point.

As most of you know I wanted to hold out longer but my friend Art (arthritis) had different plans.

Daily pain has made travel of any distance a great discomfort. Your President and CEO needs to be on the road prospecting and retaining members for your association to grow and prosper.

So as we announced in January, I will be retiring from WPF effective April 30. That will be a very bittersweet day for me but I am leaving on my terms and when I decided it was time and not waiting for someone else to have to suggest it for the good of the organization.

Your new leader will have to be skilled at finding dealer and manufacturer member prospects and bringing them into the association. The ability to continue to build programs that help drive top line sales and bottom line profitability for dealers will be paramount to the continued success of this fine organization.

Fresh concepts and new ideas usually come with a new leader and I urge each one of you to help foster that creativity and share your own individual talents for the betterment of the group as a whole.

I have done my best over the past eight years, managing the association to profitability, helping to build value-adding dealer programs, strengthening relationships with our manufacturers and developing tools for the continuing education of our industry. These were relatively new concepts to WPF when we headed down this path and they helped differentiate us from others.

I would like to thank each of you for the opportunities that I have had here. I have grown as an individual, proving that old dogs can learn new tricks. Never once, have I not been proud of our members, staff or frankly anyone associated with this organization.

My father always said, “Leave things better than you found them.” I believe that I have done that here, thanks in no small part to our fine staff and the support of the dealers and manufacturers who make up our membership.

God bless each of you. Please help to build on what we have achieved and help take your association to that which we have dreamt of but have not yet reached.

I leave you with my favorite Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

 

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If you own or run a dealership, you owe it to yourself and your company to find out how membership in WorkPlace Furnishings, Inc (WPF) can benefit your bottom line. Contact Greg Nemchick at 724-771-1452 or gnemchick@workplacefurn.com to discuss today.


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