|John Lamar with son Ayars|
This year I will be carving the turkey in a new home, graced by my partner, who is extraordinary in every way, my son and extended family. It will be a low key day with a focus on being together. But enough about me as I turn to my colleagues for their thoughts.
|Bill Lepiesza's Family getting ready for the baby jogging stroller division|
My long-time partner, Jane Howze, always plays golf on Thanksgiving morning no matter where she is, though she is careful to stay south of the Mason Dixon line. This year she will tee it up on the big Island of Hawaii as she also celebrates her 33rd wedding anniversary.
|Alison Finlay spends Thanksgiving with family in Nashville, TN|
Some spend Thanksgiving as a time to give back. Victoria Abt in our San Francisco office will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to those less fortunate at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin District.
|The "must have" green bean casserole with Turkey|
Jamie Irvine is dreaming of fats, butter and salt. "We had a few lean years (literally) where various members of my mother's family went on health kicks. During that time we had turkeys so healthy that they were as small as a pigeon! My only must have for Thanksgiving is the biggest fattest Butterball turkey on the planet...the more unhealthy the better...at least for one day." Megan Dean in Houston apparently could not wait for Thanksgiving. "My must have dish is green bean casserole. In fact, I was craving it so much that I just whipped up a batch the other day!" Christi Conaway will be fighting for a piece of her mother's chocolate pie and Marchell Mascheck will be forgoing turkey altogether....several years ago, as her mother was about to carve the turkey, she realized that she had accidentally left a bag of giblets inside. She hasn't eaten turkey since.
It goes without saying that each of us is grateful for family and friends. Paula Lemons and Lori Weeks both marvel at the amazing young adults their children are becoming. Pam Kutner is thankful that her older daughter Jenny will have a paying job soon and that her younger daughter is majoring in a field with a 98% hire rate.
John Mann, Managing Director of sister company Alex & Red, is grateful for being in the best health and shape of his life having lost 30 pounds this year.
|Jane Howze will spend her 33rd wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii|
We all have much to be thankful for this season. The year has been filled with many ups and downs yet we push in the proverbial clutch to celebrate our blessings. We have launched a sister division, Alex & Red which has been so wonderfully received. The Alexander Group’s extended family has welcomed two babies in the last year. One employee waged and won a battle with breast cancer and in so doing, inspired us all. Last Thanksgiving, we mourned the loss of our beloved employee Robin Weiner. It has been a sad year for her family yet Robin would be so happy to see them healing and living a life that reflects her goodness and grace. We wish health and happiness to you our friends, clients and extended family.