My have the years flown by, we have grown not only as a firm, but as individuals as well. We were excited to have the opportunity to showcase our growth to all of our friends and colleagues at our first annual Evening of Excellence.
The night was filled with delectable wines, all of which were carefully curated by our staff here at Encore. We hope that everyone enjoyed the wine just as much as we enjoyed choosing them. Each of the wines had a cheese or chocolate pairing, all of which were among our favorites. The exotic flavors of Camembert and Gruyere were delectable to the pallet, along with the traditional flavors of cheddar, mozzarella, and, of course, the dark chocolates. Just as it takes time and commitment to cultivate and curate wine choices and pairing, our firm was built on hard work and cultivation as well. The relaxed atmosphere provided meaningful opportunities for networking with some of the top professionals in their given fields. We certainly enjoyed spending time with our guests outside of the office and getting to know each on a more personal level.
One of the many highlights of the evening were the heartfelt speeches given by the Partners. Mike Hartnett and Betty Garcia both spoke about the struggles and accomplishments they experienced when they began to turn their dream into reality. They reflected on their continuous determination when beginning Encore. Each spoke about the support from their families as well as their first clients, and how that support became the foundation to build their passion, as it soon blossomed into the firm we have today. Betty, Mike, and all of us at here at Encore have committed ourselves to strive for excellence through cultivation of work and life integration, strengthening of professional relationships, and nurturing those relationships to create lasting connections. By providing the atmosphere at the Evening of Excellence, we have allowed that growth to flourish.
After the speeches, we gladly presented a beautiful wine basket to our raffle winner and longtime friend Ruth Japtok. Ruth is a driven, talented, and caring entrepreneur that came to us with the desire to begin her path towards her dream. Knowing the struggles and obstacles for starting a business ourselves, we were delighted to assist Ruth in her needs to meet her goal. We have been privileged to be a part of Ruth’s journey to create Caregivers One, an in home personal care attendant placement service dedicated to serving care to those in need. Encore was able to assist Ruth by providing her with advisory services in regards to her purchase agreement, entity structure, payroll set-up, and clearing up the previous owner’s tax returns. Her passion for her work and drive for excellence is a great example to us and to all who know her. Congratulations to Ruth and best wishes for a bright future with Caregivers One.
As we concluded the night full of networking, laughs, and all around good people, our Evening of Excellence left us with a sense of awe. The amount of support shown was far beyond our expectations. We enjoy what we do and we were glad that we could share the passion and delight we have in our company with many of our clients and colleagues, most of whom have been with us since the beginning years. We want to extend our deepest gratitude for your trust and investment in Encore. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – Excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” We certainly found joy during our evening, and look forward to many more opportunities to connect with our clients and colleagues and aim for our goal in excellence.