Building a legacy of leadership

Several months ago, I was commissioned to create a series of short films for the 100th Anniversary of a successful family-owned company called Meritex.  I was excited to watch the films play at last night's special event in Minneapolis. 

During production, after filming 22 hours of interview footage, it was clear how important this guy named Harry was to everyone.

At 92-years-old, he was the patriarch of the business & the heart of the family. I recommended we create a special tribute film for Harry & then present him with a custom piece of artwork: Harry & his grandchildren in the style of his favorite comic strip. As his 14 grandchildren grew up, Harry regularly mailed each of them Peanuts comic strips he cut from his morning paper along with handwritten notes.

I was honored to be part of this inspiring, emotional moment last night in Minneapolis as hundreds of family members, friends, & business associates celebrated this kind, funny, humble, soft-spoken man from St. Paul. Although my calling is very different from his, I hope to one day leave a legacy like Harry.

Thanks to Steve Goad for bringing this amazing artwork to life & to Ryan Hanson for inviting me to contribute to this project.