My Dad was a man of great passion. He gave his utmost attention and energies to whatever or whomever he loved.
While my wonderful father passed away in 2012, just after his 85th birthday, as I undertake leading and operating my own business, I know it is his success and love of entrepreneurship that has inspired me to do so. My dad, O.V., never ran from a challenge. In fact, he embraced them. For most of his career, he was employed in businesses of his own creation. Using a small inheritance from an aunt, he started an office equipment business at 1019 Farmington Avenue in Bristol, Connecticut. While its origins were those of a church, 1019 served for years, and continues to serve, as the home for my Dad’s ventures, including the real estate firm my father ran most of his life, his beloved O.V. Resources.
While my dad originally was involved in both residential and commercial real estate, owning and selling commercial properties was his true love — behind my mother, of course. Because of his passion for this business, my dad grew his firm to be one of the most successful and most well-known commercial real estate firms in Connecticut. Due to his kind and friendly nature, my dad acquired what my brother calls a circle of “followers”. They still stop by to visit with one of my brothers who assumed responsibility for leading O.V. Resources in 2012.
In keeping with having been in the navy and a lover of sailing his whole life, my Dad successfully navigated the choppy seas of tough economic times during his forty-plus years in business. He valued his ability to operate his own business and serve other local businesses, and he somehow always found a way to keep the business afloat. In fact, his innovation and never-give-up attitude caused the business to have, overall, a very successful history.
Like my dad, my two older brothers have brought great commitment to O.V. Resources.
My Dad brought great passion to other interests beyond his family, his business and sailing and boating. He loved cars, and just being out in the fresh air doing yard work — hence, the photo above.
Because of my love of research and analytic work, executing communications and marketing plans based on findings, and my Dad’s never-give-up attitude and creativity, I plan to bring great passion, commitment, and empathy to all the clients I serve. And, like O.V., I hope I will soon develop my own circle of followers who will come to me for advice, compassion, and camaraderie.
Thanks, Dad, and to my brothers for your inspiration! I look forward to following in your footsteps.