Happy New Year from the Pinnacle Trust team. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. We had a great time seeing our two granddaughters from New York (ages 4 and 2). But as I've told many of you, after a week with the family and a fun but hectic Sugar Bowl trip, I need a break after my break!
Speaking of family, I'm very fortunate to be associated with a group of coworkers who are as close to family as any place I know. In writing this, I wanted to share with you just one instance where they showed just how special they truly are. This past weekend, Jeremy Nelson and Martin Palomo ran the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon. So that it would be more than just a friendly competition, Jeremy came up with a great idea: We would split the Madison office into Team Jeremy and Team Martin. The winning team would receive a gift certificate, an extra 1/2 day off and lunch at the office (to be served by the losing team captain).
It was a blast listening to staff members as we went around the conference room, selecting whether we wanted to be a member of Team Martin or Team Jeremy. Both are good athletes. Jeremy is a near scratch golfer and has completed one full marthon (26.2 miles). This was his fifth half marathon. Martin is a tri-athlete; he's completed four triathlons, including two of the half Ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run). He's now training for a full Ironman in November.
But the real winner was Make-A-Wish® Mississippi. Due to the generosity of the Pinnacle Trust team
and our Board of Directors, we were able to raise over $6,500 as part of our team challenge! That's enough to grant a wish to a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
Eighteen years into the Pinnacle Trust journey, I'm so grateful for the talented team we've put together: people that work hard and truly care about our clients and our mission of helping them achieve financial security. Their hard work and positive attitudes are infectious. Being around them helps to keep me young and on my toes!
Oh, and Jeremy edged out Martin in the race, meaning Martin will be donning his waitstaff clothes in order to serve lunch to Team Jeremy. (Randy Shell's daughter, Janeanna, waxed them both.)
Jeremy Nelson serves on the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Click here to make a contribution to his Make-A-Wish page.
Stacey Wall serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Trust. You can reach him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 601-957-0323.