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January 16, 2019
Vice President Ben Frantz
Updated On: Dec 19, 2018

December 2018

Remember Family

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are poised to celebrate a wonderful Christmas season. It is a great time of year to catch up with family and reconnect with loved ones and even yourself. As you are reading this, it is doubtful that the news of General Motors North American downsizing has escaped your periphery. As this news continues to flow, I hope it drives a serious notion home. Family is the most important thing in our lives; not our careers, positions or even aspirations.
Corporations have a need to run more and more efficiently with greater profits regardless of their product line or purpose. This need has no basis upon classic consumer request nor what the market deems necessary but merely because Wall Street and their stockholders tell them, they must in order to stay in their good graces. Corporations have lost their way when it comes to “the customer is always right”. Now, “the customer will get what we can provide the leanest and at the lowest cost so our shareholders don’t dump our stock”. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, that’s for sure.
This is why family must be our top priority. Becoming a “dad” is the greatest job that I have ever been able to attain. I love the challenges my career has presented me thus far and I even get excited about what the future holds in the next decade plus of my working career but then that will end and I will enjoy, god willing, a relaxing retirement enjoying what will never end, being “dad”.  That is why during this season of thanks and family, I ask you to take stock and remember why we all work. The old adage “I work to live, not live to work” needs to strike a chord with us all and get us back to what matters, which is family. I work with passion and driven direction alongside the greatest team anyone could ask for and we all work hard towards making our community better and improving the working class but after our time has come and gone other great leaders will take up that mantle, I will still be dad!
My sons, Carter, Matthew and Drew will always be my greatest accomplishment. That being said, I did not become their “dad” alone! My greatest blessing in life has undoubtedly been my wife Kristin; she made the life I am blessed to live possible. You didn’t think I could talk about being “dad” this whole time without giving credit to the one person who made it all possible, did you? Kristin has been my rock, my best friend and the boot in my behind when I needed to step up. The motley crew that I have just introduced you all to is my family. The reason for this season and all seasons for that matter, for whatever our working future brings our way, our families will always be there until the end.
Corporations and careers have difficulties just as our families do at times. Just remember the twists and turns that Corporations put us through is for their bottom line without any regard for our time or us. The twists and turns we go through for our families will always benefit the ones we love and that is the only bottom line. So, during this season of thanks and praise, from my family to yours, I pray you have a Merry Christmas and a very happy and safe Holiday Season.


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