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It is the 4th of July. I am in my office preparing for two weeks of business travel as I have a number of executive coaching assignments I am working on and I have a couple of keynote speeches to deliver as well. My incredible wife of 34 years, Gayle, went off to work early this morning—she is a registered nurse. My oldest son, Jared 29, lives close to us so I think we will take-in the fireworks with him later. My second, son, Nick 27, lives in Memphis. My daughter, Kristina, 23, is finishing her education degree at Florida Atlantic University, and my youngest son, Matt, 19 is a sophomore baseball player at Palm Beach State College. My wife and I are blessed to have such incredible children. We are so proud of each and everyone one of them.

This is the day we celebrate our freedom and independence as a nation. We must never forget the people (our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents and on and on), whosacrificed for the freedom we enjoy today. We live in an age of truly abundant resources—education, technology, people, etc., that we too often take for granted.

I am honored and privileged to enjoy the independence and freedom to do the work that I do and love. I am honored and privileged to be surrounded by an incredible team of advisors and business partners whom I consider my “Board of Directors: Jan Jones, who manages my speaking business; Rob Nissen, who manages my publicity; Katrina McKay, who manages my social media strategy; and Tony Colao, who is my literary agent. On this day, the 4th of July, 2012, I want to thank my family, clients, executive MBA students at FAU, and my “Board of Directors”, for all the support and sacrifices you make to enrich my life and my business. I am the person and professional I am because of you. Happy 4th of July!

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