The Zoom meeting invitation I received on a recent Friday didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary. After all, for those of us fortunate enough to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, video conferences have become almost as common as picking up the phone.
The fact there was no explanation for this particular discussion wasn’t especially noteworthy, either. In our line of work, sometimes meetings just happen.
But I knew something unusual was afoot when I logged onto Zoom, peered into my laptop screen and saw Sugerman Group’s CFO standing on my front lawn with her daughter, moments after delivering a chocolate cake and champagne bottle to my front door. The rest of the firm joined the videochat grinning widely, in on the surprise.
As I soon discovered, this 3 pm huddle wasn’t a client strategy session or creative brainstorm. It was recognition from my colleagues of a very proud milestone for me – 10 years at Sugerman Group.
Since 2010, I’ve been part of a small but mighty team working closely to support a long list of exceptional clients. Whether in real estate, energy, education, the performing arts, social services, transportation, finance, entertainment or more, our clients have been catalysts for ambitious projects and meaningful initiatives that have truly made a difference in Los Angeles and beyond. The chance to work and grow with them, alongside my phenomenal colleagues, has been more exhilarating and more fun than I ever could have imagined.
A lot has changed since I first joined Steve, Ellen and the team in May 2010. Back then I was a brand new Angeleno, immersed in a new industry and exploring my adopted hometown for the first time. But at Sugerman Group, the most important things have stayed the same. That includes our love for finding and sharing great stories. Our commitment to excellent client service. And our drive to make a positive difference in Los Angeles and all the communities where we work.
Ten years is a long time, but it can speed by in a flash when you love your work and the people you do it with. The blue frosting topping the cake delivered to my door that Friday read, “Randy, What a Decade!” I couldn’t say it any better.