We close one year and gear up for another… and sit back for a moment to reflect. Because so much of our business is tied to the building industry, we’re obviously keen to see continued recovery. And we did see positive signs in 2011: Budgets increased slightly, companies are hiring again, new product introductions are back on track and we hear more optimism about future growth, albeit cautious optimism. So we’re encouraged about 2012. We see an ever-changing industry continuing to cope with its new reality, and we’re pleased to be a part of the dynamism.
Something I’ve also been pleased about is our firm’s commitment to reaching out to others. For the past 10 years – regardless of the economy and our own revenue situation – we’ve made a healthy donation on behalf of our firm and our clients to support our military troops who have seen combat. Most recently, we’ve been contributing to a small group of volunteer building pros in North Carolina that help severely disabled veterans remodel their homes to accommodate their new challenges (Operation: Coming Home). These are dedicated folks who are doing what they can to help wounded vets, who will be living with their physical challenges long after our overseas conflicts have diminished.
So, Griffin & Company didn’t package up its creative juices into a fun mailing or gizmo to send out to the world. Instead, we took that money and chose to support those who gave to their country and surely will have a greater challenge than us each and every day. It just seems like the right thing to do.
From all of us at Griffin & Company, thank you for making our 2011 so satisfying. We look forward to an exciting 2012!