As I mentioned on my post on change so many things can happen in ten years. You then look back and are amazed. Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS for presenting us with this challenge of looking back.
So let's roll the movie camera.
This is the year that I started my business in Leadership Development. I had over 30 years in corporate America mostly in HR. That year I networked and joined BNI and the Business Council of Westchester. I did seminar for nominal amounts to show my expertise. I used the training Room of the Keller Williams office in White Plains. They charged me a reasonable fee. I built a database, had a Constant Contact monthly newsletter, and got a few clients. My wife was a busy director of human resources at the Mt. Kisco Medical Group.
I saw growth from all of my networking. I got a large client engagement that continued into 2011. I became a Business Council Ambassador, President of my BNI, was chosen as a coach for the entrepreneurial development program in Westchester.
I started doing monthly seminars. Debbie Gartner , the Flooring Girl, was a member of my BNI chapter. She did some work in our home and told me how she was getting great results from Active Rain. I joined in August 2011 and Debbie helped me get started.
Through Debbie I got to meet Dagny Eason and all of these other great Active Rainers.
This year I had my first out of town speaking invitation. It is also the year my wife Phyllis had her knee replacement surgery. And then in October, Super Storm Sandy left us with no power for almost a week as it was getting colder. After that we had a Generac Whole House Generator installed but we have only had to use it for 4 hours since then.
I had learned quite a good deal about blogging and SEO through Bob Stewart's webinars and had a new responsive web site built for my company. I have been blogging on it ever since and passing to Facebook and Linked In.
This is the year that I started doing webinars as well as more out of town facilitations and presentations. This is also the year the my wife, Phyllis retired as Director of Human Resources for the Mt. Kisco Medical Group. She was having some mobility problems and her speech was getting softer. We discussed having her work with me and she started accompanying me.
Good business. Through my website and my blog I got a very nice sized multi-unit restaurant group outside of New Orleans. I made multiple trips and took Phyllis with me on one. We made a mini vacation in New Orleans. Phyllis also had her movement condition diagnosed as PSP at Columbia Center for Movement Disorder. She has been seeing the doctor there ever since.
This was a big year. I began association with Fordham University to teach the SHRM HR Certification Course. This has expanded my reach to HR professionals.
In November we had a big wedding celebration when our younger daughter Ashley got married to Tom Gang.
And later that month, the day before Thanksgiving, we went to construction contract for a new 2nd home to be built in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Gabe Sanders represented us in the purchase.
A very happy day for the Schneider and Gang families.
This year started off very busy. I also had the opportunity to have a gig in healthcare. I facilitated what is known as Motivational Inverviewing. In May we found time to drive down to Florida full of clothing for the closing on our house. We flew back and left the car there.
In August, when we came back we have the honor of attending Kathy Streib 's meetup in Delray Beach.
We had the great honor of meeting Lou Ludwig in person!
I needed to modify my schedule and business to accomodate Phyllis. I was now spending more time helping her. I divided my day according to that. We also divided our time between Armonk NY, for two months and then two weeks in Port St. Lucie, FL. I picked up business in nearby Stuart, FL.
Doing the same as in 2018. My daughter and Son in Law are settling nicely in their beautiful home in Stamford, CT. My older daughter is living in Danbury. Looking back we are 10 years older, however, we no longer have debt which is a good thing.
This is my entry to Jeff's contest just a bit longer than 250 words.