The lengthy, fiery presidential campaign dominating our lives for the past two years is now complete. In his victory speech Nov. 8, President-elect Donald Trump lauded Hillary Clinton’s service to the country and proclaimed that it is time to “bind the wounds of division” and “come together as one people.” Clinton encouraged Americans to approach Trump’s administration with an open mind during her Nov. 9 concession speech.
Considering this wildly non-traditional campaign, I am thankful that so far we are witnessing a generally traditional transition of power between Trump and the Obama administration. Certainty and continuity in leadership is crucial during this time, especially to help ease uncertainty and concerns held by some. The campaign is over, now the real work begins.
Getting back to the business of good governance and working together for our success as a nation are just two of several things for which I am grateful during this month, when we annually reflect on our individual and collective blessings.
Closer to home, we live in a state blessed with opportunities for those who are willing to utilize them. We have businesses looking to hire. We have organizations and programs – including the Chamber’s Phoenix Forward>> economic development initiative – focused on providing those businesses the talent they need to grow. We have a pro-business governor and 94 percent of Chamber-endorsed, pro-business candidates won election to the Arizona Legislature.
We look forward to continuing our collaborative economic development work with other dedicated organizations and governments throughout our region.
I’m also thankful for all the great people focused on making Arizona an outstanding place in which to work, play and do business.
Through dedication to their organizations, mentoring and giving back to their communities, our 2016 ATHENA Award recipients Rebecca Clyde, Maria Harper-Marinick and Catherine Alonzo provide us all a personal and professional example to follow.
I’m grateful for my incredible Chamber team that has had such a positive impact on the business community. I always look to hire people smarter than me and this year’s successes are proof that I have succeeded at that goal.
I give a special thanks to active members of the military and veterans. Without their tremendous sacrifices, we wouldn’t enjoy the freedoms that our amazing country provides us. We need to evolve our thank-you handshake into a helping hand up, toward reintegration into society, schooling and the workforce. Many veterans already possess the traits employers are seeking, so let’s put them to work!
As we get ready to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, football and friends, I give thanks to all families who offer unwavering support and happiness every day.
Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!