Harvest has always operated like a family.
We care about our employees and celebrate the milestones in their lives much like our own: marriages, the birth of children, and kids growing up.
That's why it's so touching to have two longtime employees -- Leslie Hogbin and Dave Ramos -- back at Harvest after a short time away. (Although to me, it sometimes seemed like forever.)
You can read the details in the article to the right. My purpose in mentioning it here is to describe the impact their return has had on me and the company.
On the business side, their return brings rock-solid stability to the foundation of the company, which was built on cultivating relationships -- both in-house and with our clients. Both are stellar professionals who know the industry in and out, and their experience with the company keeps it moving like a well-oiled machine.
On a personal level, the experience is yet another reminder of how blessed we are to have special people in our lives: family, friends, coworkers and people like Leslie and Dave who represent all three.
Life continually brings change, and that's important as we learn under new circumstances and grow from it. It's always refreshing when the change brings back familiarity.
Somehow, coming back to the past can bring a peace of mind that brings comfort and restores faith that things are as they should be.
Maybe I'm just a little sentimental with the expectation that my daughter, Sierra, will be leaving home for college soon. That's a change that I know is important, but it will mark a difficult transition for me.
I like to look at Leslie and Dave's homecoming as something symbolic: that people leave home and come back again.
That life's blessings can come back to you, even after moments of change.
Steven Schinhofen is President and CEO of Harvest Landscape Enterprises, Inc.