Sunday, June 02, 2013

Farewell Ben & Sharley

Ben graduated about two years ago from the University of Fullerton with a business degree. If you don't know what you want to be when you grow up a business degree is a very useful degree because just about anything you end up doing involves the fundamentals of running a business. In a time when the economy was very bad and unemployment was high Ben had several job offers and upon graduation he started working for the tool company Hilti. 

Hilti has a very good product but their business model is rather flawed. Ben was one of their top performers but rather than reward him for his skills and excellent work ethic they got rather protective and his manager actually impeded his progress. If Ben got promoted that meant that his department would lose a good worker. Trapping Ben in that department may have been great for the department but not good for the company. Ben saw what was going on and soon jumped ship to one of Hilti's competitors, Milwaukee. Everything Hilti did wrong, Milwaukee did right. Ben started there around Christmas time and just a few weeks ago Ben and Sharley informed us that he is being promoted to area manager and he will be running all of Colorado and much of Wyoming. To top it off he was told not to get too comfortable because they have big things planned for Ben and he probably won't be there too long. Wonderful news for Ben and Sharley but this means that our only child who was still close to home is moving away from us. Very sad. 

Ben has been commuting back and forth between Colorado and Orange County for most of May but tomorrow he leaves for good. Last night we joined Ben and a few of his friends for a farewell dinner. have you ever heard of a "waffle sandwich"? They are delicious. They took us to a place called Bruxee. Very delicious. For dessert we crossed the street and had ice cream at Ferrell's. It was a wonderful evening.

Other than Ben moving rapidly up the corporate ladder the only good thing that came out of this move is that Ben sold me his motor bike. That aught to be fun. I will let you know how it goes.

I should add that today is Brandon's birthday. Happy birthday Brandon.

Prehistoric hunter-gatherers worked no more than 19 hours a week. The rest of the time they sang and danced.


Peter and Mandy said...

Wow congrats to Ben!

Anonymous said...

A motorcycle. Really!!

easters said...

Congratulations to Ben and to you and Lisa! It takes good parents to make a difference in their kids lives! Knowing you, there will be travel to keep those family ties strong as the kids move on and up!
Have you had time to read much of the Ward history book? Just wondering what your impressions are? Roselynn Easter