“Live and do everything in such a way so that if you look back in time, you shouldn’t say that if I had a time machine, I would’ve done it better.” – Immanuel Mohan
As I reflect on the past year, and more specifically, celebrating one year as Managing Director at Meitler, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude and excitement for what is to come. To say things have changed since September of 2020 would be an understatement. I stepped into this role when our company had been most affected by the pandemic. To some, this would not be the ideal time to step into a leadership position. To me, I saw it as a great opportunity, albeit challenging. The thought of long-range planning was not at the forefront of people’s minds as we all tried to navigate and understand one day at a time. Our company had to be very intentional and remain focused on steering through the crisis. This led to an increase in our marketing efforts, making sure everyone knew we were still around and ready to step in and help. We also had to think differently about the types of services we offer and how we partner with dioceses, parishes, and schools.
Considering the monumental challenges we faced in the past 12 months, I am enormously grateful for where we are today. I appreciate my team within Meitler as well as my partners within Collegium. I’ve valued the conversations, ideas, brainstorming, guidance, and trust of everyone on my team when the path forward was most uncertain. Most importantly, I am so grateful to the entire Meitler team for their support of each other and our clients throughout this intense period. They delivered on important strategic goals, while learning new skills and facing tremendous uncertainty. I am impressed by, and proud of, their grit, creativity, and care, all of which helped pull Meitler through the worst of the pandemic.
The already existing partnerships within Collegium were brought to a new level when Meitler and Ruotolo Associates formed a strategic alliance. Early on we experienced many benefits of forming this strategic alliance, especially for our clients who gain so much from the almost 90 years of combined expertise and service. I am excited as we explore even more opportunities together.
In reflecting on the past year and celebrating our 50th anniversary as a company, I am filled with hope. We continue to uphold the core values and mission that have gotten us to where we are today. We continue to reflect on our current services and find ways to enhance and improve. We have a team that is extremely committed to the Catholic faith and serving others in the best ways we know how. I am beyond blessed for those that surround me, support me, challenge me, guide me, and most importantly, put their trust in me. I will continue to commit myself to furthering the mission of the Catholic Church and cannot wait to see what the next 50 years has in store for us.