"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in
moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge
and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
--- Shamrock employee, Jen Hall, provided this quote, and summed up who Bob is: his grace under pressure, his resilience, his dedication to doing good things for all people, when she said, "Bob, what you have done over the last 3 years to make your company and employees prosper in this weak economy is truly remarkable."
So, what makes a company? It's the person in charge. And Bob has made Shamrock the "rock" it is today. Celebrating our 30th anniversary is really all about celebrating the man who had the guts to go out on a limb and build something strong and powerful that's lasted through more than one obstacle, more than one recession, more than one catastrophe -- and more than one fundraising event, more than one family event, and more than one employee celebration. And, Bob, with his leadership and honesty (and excellent choice of employees!) always pulled us through.
As always, words speak loudest. Here are just some testaments of Bob's strength and business savvy throughout our 30 years of working with him:
"I remember when I first pulled up at Bob’s Euclid home to meet with him about us getting together and him bringing some guys to start a Shamrock Forms Cleveland office. I pulled up in my car in Euclid and Bob was in a T shirt and shorts. He had just finished trimming the grass at his front walk. In his hand was one of those manual rolling (lawn) edge trimmers and I thought OK, this is a hard working guy ."
Neil Bennett, Shamrock Co-Founder and Bob's Mentor
"We are all privileged to have shared parts of this journey with you and applaud your leadership, integrity and success."
Tim Connor, President - The Shamrock Companies
"My best memories have been the fundraisers where all of our Shamrock employees, customers and vendors got together to do something for someone else..... This is where Shamrock’s star was the brightest..."
Maureen Meyer,Shamrock Employee
"You are an amazing businessman and more importantly an amazing person... You have helped and inspired many people and at the end of the day, that is why we are all put on this earth."
Kathy Lawlor, Shamrock Employee
ONE LAST THING...
Companies are perceived by their leaders. During these recent difficult times, many companies that we thought were strong have vanished. Under the leadership and guidance of Bob and his team, we have continued to thrive. Thanks, Bob, for always encouraging us to work through the tough times -- and the good times -- as a family. Cheers to the next 30 years of the Shamrock Family.