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Do We Acknowledge People's Efforts as Often as We Should?

As I was walking into the gym today, a young man stopped me to talk. He started with, “Excuse me sir, I just have to tell you… What you’re doing, I respect it. I want you to know you’re the type of guy I want to be.” This totally shocked me! He then went on about my car, quality of dress, and work ethic that he had been noticing for weeks in the gym. He asked me for some advice, so I went on to tell him about my core beliefs. My dedication, hard work and integrity mixed with holding myself to the highest standard is what made this young man stop me dead in my tracks this morning. Has this ever happened to you?

I want you to know, I’m not writing this to pat myself on the back. But I must admit, someone stopping me for this type of discussion is uncommon and it felt amazing to be acknowledged for my efforts. I strive daily to be “better than average” in all that I do, and this young man in his kind words has and will push me further. His words will make me better.

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Moving forward, this morning’s situation got me thinking on a business level and how it relates to our industry of transportation. In an industry flooded with capacity and fly-by-night companies, are carriers like mine that are dedicated to quality, superior service, and being “above average” being noticed and appreciated by the customer? Or is today’s market strictly driven by bottom dollar? I hope not!

If customers recognized the efforts put in by the quality carriers, would they reap the benefits of the carriers continually pushing themselves to the highest quality possible just as I did from this man’s acknowledgment this morning? I think so!

I’d like to think we can all make the world a better place, pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves. So next time you notice someone, or a company you work with going above and beyond, putting in the effort, quality, and hard work…. Let them know you appreciate it. In turn, this appreciation will improve them, their company, the industry, and overall the world.

In fact, I challenge you to give 3 people on LinkedIn Kudos today as a way to spread the acknowledgment of exceptional efforts!

This article is written by Adam Huber, Vice President of A. Blair Enterprises, a transportation and logistics company based in Louisville, KY. To learn more about A. Blair Enterprises, visit their website at www.goablair.com


A. Blair Enterprises Donates Vehicle to The Oldham County Humane Society

The Oldham County Humane Society hosted their annual Fashion & FURiends show this past weekend, April 14th, 2018, at City Place in downtown LaGrange, KY. Local celebrities and volunteers walked the runway with canine companion models dressed in the latest fashions courtesy of Absolutely Fabulous Clothing Boutique and Sam Meyers Formal Wear. 

Many local businesses came together to support the event, including A. Blair Enterprises, who donated a 2015 Dodge Ram Promaster to the Humane Society. A. Blair Enterprises worked with Greg Hoskinson of Signs Now Louisville, who created, applied, and donated all of the vehicle decals as well as Kevin Eldridge of LaGrange Service Center. Kevin, who is also a long-time supporter of the Oldham County Humane Society, has agreed to provide all future standard maintenance to the Promaster free of charge, as well as discounted rates on any major maintenance the Promaster may need in the future.
 

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Tom Robertson, the President of A. Blair Enterprises, made a speech during the event, and presented the Title and Keys to Michelle Culp, the President of the Oldham County Humane Society. Gay Robertson, the CEO of A. Blair Enterprises, also participated in the show with her rescued dog, Barkley. 

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It wasn't just Tom and Gay who represented A. Blair Enterprises at the event. Adam Huber, the Vice President of A. Blair, and other members of the office team attended the event to show their support!

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To learn more about the Oldham County Humane Society, as well as the businesses that contributed to the Promaster donation, you can follow the links listed below: