January-February 2003

Publisher’s Notes
    An Opening View

Make the Call

BRIAN WELSH Well, the holidays are over. Most likely you called on some of your business friends to wish them a happy holiday. More importantly, you probably spent some time with your family, or at least called them to wish them a happy holiday. If you were fortunate enough to spend some time with your friends and family, you probably developed new memories or sat around talking about the good ol’ days.

y It is funny how memories—either good or bad—are formed. They can be formed by special events or by simply sitting around a table talking with some friends. 

As we get ready to attend the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, one memory stands out in my mind and it is something I will never forget. I remember clearly attending the opening event at last year's Builders' Show and listening to former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani give his motivating speech. Then I remember heading over to the trade show for the grand opening on that sunny Friday afternoon. 

I was so excited. It was my first Builders’ Show. I felt like I was a kid running around a candy store, but instead of checking out all the candy, I was checking out all the new building products. Then at about 5 p.m., I got a call on my cell phone that is every parent's nightmare. My seven-month-old baby, Dylan, was being taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Not knowing the status of my son’s health at that time, I did what every parent would do; I tried to get from Atlanta, to Philadelphia the fastest way I could. 

After fighting with airline agents to get my ticket switched, I finally just gave up and bought another round-trip ticket that would get me into Philadelphia airport at approximately 11 p.m. From there, Children's Hospital was not far, and I arrived there at about 11:30 p.m.

To make a long story very short, my seven-month-old baby had a stroke. I walked into the hospital room just as the doctors were relaying the diagnosis to my wife and believe me, it felt like somebody took a 2 x 4 and stopped me cold in my tracks, to say the least. I must tell you right away, Dylan is doing fine today and making remarkable progress thanks to rehab, therapy sessions and constant attention from his older brother, Sean (most likely the best form of therapy there is!). In fact, he is walking and just about running with a body that was paralyzed at one time!

Needless to say, this is a memory I wish I didn’t have and, unfortunately, will resurface every year I go to the Builders’ Show.

The reason I am telling the above story is in hopes that you will pick up the phone and/or go visit with a person that you may not have been in contact with lately but keep saying to yourself, “I need to call so and so.” Whether it is a family member or an old business friend, life is too short. Plus, it is said that business is built on relationships! 
Make it a Great Day!

Brian Welsh

P.S. Please stop by and see us at the Builders’ Show in booth #S8014. I’d enjoy talking with you about SHELTER.




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