It was April 22, 2002…

I was unmarried.  No kiddos.  Some semblance of hair on my head.

Few real responsibilities or true life experiences.

Lunch time most often included time with the sports section and a Whopper.

I entered the front doors of Jewelers Mutual in 2002 as an innocently naive young man with self-focused ambitions.

Since then, the people of Jewelers Mutual have truly been family. Some like close siblings. Others like distant cousins that you only faintly recognize, but still exchange genuine smiles.  Some lost too early. Still others like wise grandparents.

Like any family, there’ve been a handful of relatives that I was never quite able to mesh with.  A couple very special, influential, and loving parents.  Some treasured nieces and nephews.  And of course, a few crazy uncles that like to cut loose and talk smart over too many beers!

I’m a son raised by this entire awesome family.  I’m the whole catastrophe – the good, the bad, and everything in between.  Each member leaving a unique impression.

It’s now October 14, 2016…

I’m married to a wonderful, beautiful, successful woman.  Attempting to be a parent and role model to a 1st grader and 5th grader.  My head is bald.

I’ve survived. I’ve thrived. I’ve failed. I’ve recovered. I’ve learned. I’ve loved. I’ve lived.

Lunch time often includes a clarity inducing four-mile run and homemade sandwich.

Though I have a long ways to go, I’m quietly walking out the side door of 24 Jewelers Park Drive as a much better version of myself than when I arrived.

The most sincere thank you to my Jewelers Mutual family for patiently guiding, teaching, and shaping me over the last 14+ years.  Thanks to you, this life chapter has not only created memories…it’s also created character.

While residing in the happiness of the present, I look back with priceless gratitude.  I also gaze ahead with indescribable excitement due to the gift of character, shaped by a special family, that I’m blessed to carry to the next chapter.

Wishing you all heaps of happiness and success.

I’ll do my very best to make you proud 🙂

Enjoy today… God bless.

Onward!

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15 thoughts on “Thanks Jewelers Mutual!

  1. Dear dear Mark, Whatever your next chapter is, I wish you the best of luck. You are such a special talented person but what I admired the most, is that you are one of the most decent human beings I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. I know Jewelers will certainly miss you and your countless contributions. Regards, Diane

    1. Hi Diane… You’ve been an incredible influence on me. Your kindness and “don’t worry, I’ve got it covered” approach to work and life left a HUGE impression on me. THANK YOU for the amazing words…they bring tears to my eyes. The privilege was truly mine. Miss you dearly, but know you are enjoying all the goodness of this life 🙂 Enjoy today!

  2. Mark. I was really thinking of shaving my head and now you leave us?
    I’m very sorry your moving on. I Wish you and your family all the best. Let me know where your at. It’s a small world. Keep running to find the next challenge. You a motivater and a champion.
    Mike Meacham

    1. THANKS Mike! From a guy as successful as you, your words speak volumes to me… I’m so humbled. You do such a tremendous job of balancing authenticity, kindness, and business savvy-fueled shrewdness. It’s been such a pleasure learning from you by watching you in action over the years.

      Don’t worry, I’ll make sure that Baker holds you to the head shaving. I’ll be doing some independent consulting work locally and will keep you updated as life’s adventures unfold. I look forward to seeing your head very soon 🙂

  3. Mark. I was really thinking of shaving my head and now you leave us?
    I’m very sorry your moving on. I Wish you and your family all the best. Let me know where your at. It’s a small world. Keep running to find the next challenge. You a motivater and a champion.
    Mike Meacham

    1. THANKS Mike! From a guy as successful as you, your words speak volumes to me… I’m so humbled. You do such a tremendous job of balancing authenticity, kindness, and business savvy-fueled shrewdness. It’s been such a pleasure learning from you by watching you in action over the years.

      Don’t worry, I’ll make sure that Baker holds you to the head shaving. I’ll be doing some independent consulting work locally and will keep you updated as life’s adventures unfold. I look forward to seeing your head very soon 🙂

  4. Mark, it has been a pleasure working with you. In the past few years I have not seen much of you other than when you were running and I was walking. I wish you and your family all the best with your future endeavors. I have never forgotten what you had said many years ago – Remember “You Get To Go To Work”. Take care and enjoy every minute.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment, Patti! Wishing you great times and happiness ahead… and keep it up with those walks especially with this amazing November weather. The “get to” vs. “have to” approach is great little trick with powerful results. Funny thing… I actually got that from an article in Runners World years ago. I was trying to find that article the other day with no luck. Enjoy today, Patti 🙂

  5. Mark, it has been a pleasure working with you. In the past few years I have not seen much of you other than when you were running and I was walking. I wish you and your family all the best with your future endeavors. I have never forgotten what you had said many years ago – Remember “You Get To Go To Work”. Take care and enjoy every minute.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment, Patti! Wishing you great times and happiness ahead… and keep it up with those walks especially with this amazing November weather. The “get to” vs. “have to” approach is great little trick with powerful results. Funny thing… I actually got that from an article in Runners World years ago. I was trying to find that article the other day with no luck. Enjoy today, Patti 🙂

  6. I gained a brother when I met you. Thank you for your guidance, your patience, your good listening ears, and your contagious love of life. And like family, you can’t get rid of me now! Looking forward to catching up frequently.

  7. I gained a brother when I met you. Thank you for your guidance, your patience, your good listening ears, and your contagious love of life. And like family, you can’t get rid of me now! Looking forward to catching up frequently.

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