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Thankful for Everyday Heroes

Thankful for Everyday Heroes

By Traci Johnson

November is my favorite time of year! Sure, it’s a little cooler in Texas and Starbucks is promoting those Pumpkin Spice Lattes but aside from that, it’s a time of being thankful for the blessings in your life. As you know, last week we announced our Everyday Hero Award winner—Bert Light with Artlite Office Supply. Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to visit each of the finalists and hear from others just how these ECi customers are making a difference in their local communities.

Practically my entire career has involved serving and supporting small and medium-sized businesses. And I mean the “real” small businesses where the owner may spend one hour in a board meeting and the next unloading a truck or driving an order to a customer who needs it in a rush. The small business owner who wants to do more with digital marketing and social media but can’t find the time between managing their business and balancing their home life. As I have listened to the stories of our finalists, it has reminded me that our customers are just “good people;” they are doers, they are leaders, they make things happen. After going through the submissions (we had 40 this year) and conducting the interviews for the videos, I came away with these observations:

  • There are still generous people in this world; people like Melissa Ball, Ball Office Products, Missy Johnson, Contract Furniture Alliance, and of course Bert Light. These heroes WANT to make a difference in the lives of others. They are humble and kind to everyone. Yes, they are all good at their jobs, but they have discovered the most important achievement is not how much money you make but the lives you change on the journey.

  • There are a lot of people who NEED help. We, as a society, need to open our eyes and look for the opportunity to help someone. The need may be big or small but it is there and ours to seize.

  • I need to do more. I walk away feeling so inadequate when I see how these folks NEVER stop.  They are the busiest people I have ever met. In the coming months, I am committed to finding my place to serve; I’ll report back on my progress. 

  • I am thankful for my family, my company, my friends, and my health. I am blessed to have two healthy children who are doing well and are contributing members of society.  

So, as this holiday season comes around, I encourage you to look for someone to bless.  I would love to hear your stories of helping others. Feel free to share on our Facebook page and use #ECiEverydayHero when posting. We’ll launch our 2018 search for the next Everyday Hero in the spring. Have a blessed holiday!

P.S. Read here to learn how the Everyday Hero Award impacted Bert.

Traci Johnson

About the author

Traci Johnson joined DDMS in 1989. She has been the Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Marketing for ECi since 2009. She and her husband, Rick, have a daughter, Katelyn, a middle school theater teacher, son, Garrett, a college freshman, and two dogs, Romo and Kolby. Traci loves to exercise, cook and spend time with friends and family. She is happiest when on a beach and hopes to retire there one day.

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