From the President/Chief Operating Officer ($225,000 annually)
To all Associates -
When I made the remark at the Xmas party about potentially losing ____, I was really hoping it was a statement that would not become reality.
Sadly (sadly to me, proudly to ____), the statement was not only true, but came upon us swiftly. On Friday, ____ will “ship out” to join other members of our armed forces on duty in the Middle East, helping to ensure, along with all the other heroes that make up our military, that the standard of living and freedom we have all come to appreciate is maintained for us and the generations that follow.
As this happened quite quickly, we did not have the plan fully in place to anticipate his departure; naturally, we will not be replacing ____, as this tour is designed to be a temporary obligation to our country. However, we’re developing a plan to “pinch hit” for ____ while he’s gone, and should have more clarity before the end of the week.
At this point, we’re not sure how long it will be before ____ rejoins ____. However, I’m sure you all share my feelings that he’ll be greatly missed while he’s gone, and we all pray for a swift return and to stay out of harm’s way.
I know the Marketing Team is putting together a card to wish him well. Please take a minute to provide a personal thought when it comes your way.