Some time ago (actually a while ago now), I gave this short but well-received address to a company holiday party. Maybe there’s something helpful here…either for a speech, holiday letter or…whatever! Here it is:

Hello everyone. I want to extend a warm welcome to employees…and their guests. Welcome to the 2021 annual Christmas/Holiday celebration.

Is anybody else here just a little shocked that we’re already at this time of year again? For me, it’s been exactly one year since I came on board as CEO. I still remember talking to the founders about the opportunity like it was yesterday. At that time, many of you were busy planning for last year’s kick-off meetings.

That was a year ago? I’m shocked. Now, we’re busy planning next year’s kick-offs – we need to be – in no time it will be January!!

This has been a very interesting and successful year for the Company. I would say challenging too, but really every year has its challenges. We’ve come through this one as you would expect – strong, resilient and full of momentum. Last year was our most successful year ever. This year, we will do even better. It will be our biggest year since the company was founded.

On Monday, the management team will present our plans for next year to the Board of Directors. Our goal is to make next year even more interesting…and successful than last year.

There are some people in the crowd tonight that deserve a lot of credit for our success in 20021.

All of you.

… From the people in sales and marketing who help us bring in the business…

through the service, admin, IT and ops people who ensure we process the business…

through the corporate accounting people who make sure we still have a business…

through the governance people who keep the regulators out of our business…

and the support staff who help all of us – at least on the management and investor teams, go about our business…

your dedication to this company, its customers and its employees is clearly recognized and appreciated. We do not take it for granted. Thank you. All of you.

I also specifically want to recognize the hard work of the employee council. Thank you for organizing this event and all of the other important employee events throughout the year. Your hard work, much of which takes place outside of regular business hours is the glue that helps make this company what it is. Thank you again for what you’ve done. Am I right in thinking you’re glad you know longer have to report to me?

In addition, I want to thank the founders for a couple of things. I joked (sort of) when I got this job that they were doing something quite brave in stepping away from their day-to-day roles and providing me and the new management team with this opportunity. We appreciate it and we will not let you down.

Finally, you… the employees… need to know that the bonuses all employees received this year came as a result of the owner’s on-going generosity – I was merely the messenger. I think they deserve a hand of appreciation. I personally want to thank them for their support in running this business.

In closing, have fun tonight… Have a great holiday season… Be safe… And sincerely… thank you.

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