I am not worthy
Met with a major client and his architectural consultant on Friday
. The architect seems to be a really great guy despite being an architect. Of course, he has had many years of schmoozing experience. In addition to operating his consulting firm he spent 25 years as mayor of his hometown with a population of roughly 25,000 before stepping up to be elected to the county commission of the largest (by population) county in the state.
The company president I was meeting with spent 25 years working with major construction in the state’s largest city before moving to this 100+ year-old local employer of 650 in a town of 2000 residents. During our conversation on the new industrial park we are platting he mentioned how another local kingpin had helped the city find the means to cut the cost in half for extending the utilities to the new industrial park. That kingpin is a local farm boy who joined with a buddy to start a manufacturing business in a shed 31 years ago. That has turned into over $130 million in annual sales and over 400 employees. We have had survey projects for the president and the kingpin and both of their companies.
On the way to the meeting I grabbed a breakfast sandwich and drink at the nearest convenience store. While there I noticed a rather plain pickup fueling up with a two-wheel trailer and small riding mower hooked on. The driver was an overweight 60-ish fellow in jeans and an old T-shirt with a ponytail reaching about two-thirds of the way to his belt. That was Mr. Kingpin.
He reminded me of how performance is far more important than appearance.
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