Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

It is hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is here already. This year has seemed to go by so quickly. As I look back, there are many things that have happened this year for me to be thankful for. So, for this week’s story, I would like to highlight a few of them.

  1. My new job

I am grateful for the board of the Far West Equipment Dealers Association for hiring me as their dealer development consultant. My first task was to drive around to the dealers who are members in the states they represent. I get to talk with them about the challenges they face and try to find ways to help them. The association represents 7 states in the western region, and I am happy to say that last week I have finished meeting with the dealers in six of them. The seventh state is Hawaii. I am pretty sure I won’t get the job of meeting with those dealers, even though I am positive I am well qualified for it! I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to all the programs I am helping develop for the dealerships.

2. Fundraising for the Foundation

I cannot say enough how gratified I am for all the wonderful and amazing people that have raised so much money and donated to the Shannon Wilker Foundation. Last month was a record month for funds raised and donated to the Foundation. Of the many things I have to be thankful for, the generosity and compassion of so many people in our community is one of the highest on that list. It is because of them, so many prayers have been answered. A lot of those funds will be used for our Adopt-A-Family for Christmas event we do every year. I am thankful we will be able to help even more families this year.

3. Kristi said YES!

By far the greatest thing I am thankful for this year is getting to marry Kristi. I want to thank Bob and Lisa Hale for introducing us. I am grateful for all the support she has given me with the Foundation. I am thankful to be able to talk to her about my job and the frustrations it brings at times. Kristi is a very compassionate and generous person. If there is anyone in her family or community that needs anything she is the first person to do everything she can to help. She makes me want to be the kind of man she can be proud of. I am looking forward to spending our lives together and doing a lot of fun things with our families.

I am thankful to all of you and hope you get to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families. Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving.

Next week: Job update

P.S. Do you know one of the best things about driving around and meeting the dealers in Hawaii? Being able to say, “It’s not Utah!”