Dan is one of the good guys. One of the best, really.
I just returned home from his retirement party, which was in a park just a few blocks from my house.
I’ve known Dan nearly 20 years, and at one time he was my immediate manager. Although it was short, it was memorable. He was awesome-sauce. He was old school.
He treated me with respect and kindness, and I admired his sense of self with his responsibilities as manager.
Dan is the guy who see’s through ridiculousness and chest puffing. He’s grounded. He knows what’s important and what’s horseshit. He understands employees are people, too. And, that is what made him a successful manager, an admired manager, and a success for the company.
Tonight I felt especially inspired. With my departure from my manager duties coming soon, I felt a sense of peace and calm listening to Dan tonight. I felt, “I can fucking do this”. I will succeed because I know what’s important to me, as Dan has showed with those around him, and with his words.
Eventually, as the sun hung low, hugs were given and tears streamed down cheeks. In his signature Hawaiian shirt, Dan left us, climbed into his truck and drove off, waving at those of us still in the park. We’ll miss you Dan, but we know we’ll see you often in your new, growing business!