July marks another half-way through the year point. As they say, the days are long but the years are fast…and they really do fly.

As we kick off this month, I want to celebrate my friend, colleague and teammate, Candace. July marks four years that Candace has been working with our team. She works on several accounts and I like to say she specializes in our “house beautiful” area, focusing on clients like The Lee W. Robinson Company and The Door Store and Windows. This year, she also added Museum Bees to her list of clients. Candace’s years as a professional have served her well in this role. She works directly with our clients and literally knows every tiny detail of their business. I’ve come to depend quite a bit on her brain functioning at full-speed. I also respect that Candace knows how to shut it off and enjoy time with her husband, son and dogs. As we know, we can’t get these moments back and I’m glad she knows when it’s time to take a break.

On a personal note, I’ve watched Candace’s transformation over these past four years. Her personal journey is an inspiration to anyone looking to take control of their health. I’m so proud of her.

Congratulations on another year around the sun with 520 East Brands, Candace. And… Go Gators!

Not to take away from Candace’s shining moment, I do want to mention that this month should have also been Jason’s fifth anniversary with us. He and I met over coffee in 2013 and I’m pretty sure I hired him then and there. It’s been eight months since we lost Jason from this earth and not a day goes by that I wish I could call him and ask a question or tell him, “Did you SEE this???” Jason, you are missed. Each and every one of those days. The world – and our company – just hasn’t been the same since that day.

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