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August 28, 2008

In line at the DNC

History is being made today so when I was offered a ticket to see Obama today, I took it. Thank you Gillie! Even with a ticket I'm not sure I'll get in. Standing in line with 40,000 people. I've never seen a crowd this big!

August 28, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack

August 22, 2008

Theresa Beckemeyer success story

This is a story I've been meaning to tell for years, and it just keeps getting better.

About five years ago someone got the idea that we should have an art show at my company.  We knew we had several people who had talent and it seemed like a fun thing to do.  It turned out that quite a few people had an artistic side and we had a great display of paintings, photographs, sculpture and woodworking.  (If you are an entrepreneur, this is a great way to get people to break out of their normal day-to-day routine.  It's even more fun if you invite the families in to see the exhibit.)

Theresa Beckemeyer worked in our finance department, and she was a master at getting our customers to pay on time.  She's just a nice person and she cajoled them into paying on time, and we always appreciated that.  I knew that Theresa was an artist also, because she had painted a mural in her office that was the highlight of company tours.  (To this day, people at Gold Systems can paint their offices.  Yes, everyone has an office except for Lori, and she has her own skylight and wine cellar.)  The only time that Gold Systems has been named in the Wall Street Journal was when they did a story featuring Theresa's office.

Here's a photo of Julie's office that Theresa painted. 


Well, about two months after the art show, Theresa came to me and said that she was going to follow her dream of being an artist, and that she was going to be leaving Gold Systems.  I hope my first thought was "that's great!" but it might have been, "Oh no, how are we going to get paid with Theresa gone!"  She assured me that we'd be fine and she gave us several months of notice.  After my initial surprise I realized that this was a great thing to be able to play a small part in someone going after their dream.

A few months after Theresa left we got together and I suggested that she should let us display some of her work.  Over the years, we've been fortunate to have this ever-changing gallery of her work at Gold Systems.  Lori has even helped Theresa sell quite a few of her pieces off the walls to visitors, and quite a few of us now have Theresa's art at home.

Theresa started entering and getting into art shows a few years ago, and now I'm happy to say that she just got her first show in a gallery.  Lori and Julie helped her put on the reception and quite  a few of us got to see Theresa's beaming smile at her opening night and her realization that she's achieved a great milestone as an artist.  The show is at the AMP Gallery at 9801 E. Colfax in Aurora, Colorado and will run through the 29th of August.  AMP Gallery's website is http://www.theampgallery.com/


You can see more of Theresa's work at http://theresabeckemeyer.com/ Unfortunately, Theresa's newest work isn't on the web site.  Can anyone recommend an easy tool for building and maintaining an artist's web site?  Her current webmaster is at a loss for how to make this easy for her.

We're all so proud of Theresa and I'm happy to have her art displayed on our walls, and I always tell the story to visitors about how she decided she was going to make her dream a reality.  Congratulations Theresa!

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