A Note of Thanks

by Jennifer Iannolo

As I wait for the squash to finish baking, I’ve had some time to ponder the amazing year that has gone by, and how much I have to be thankful for. This year my checklist is a bit more poignant, because the transformations I’ve seen in the past twelve months — both in this site and myself — have both surprised and motivated me in a way that is difficult to express.

One year ago, I wasn’t sure where I, this site or my company were headed. Things looked good, but building my dream was daunting, and I chose to take things day by day in order to keep myself from breaking under the exhaustion and frustration.

When Mark Tafoya first approached me with his unbridled enthusiasm to build a business partnership I was hesitant — I had never gone into business with a partner before, and wasn’t sure if that would fit well with my lone-wolf entrepreneurial nature. He had already contributed a lot of ideas for the site, however, and I had known him for several years, so I decided to take a risk.

It has paid off in spades.

So this year, in addition to being thankful for my incredibly supportive family and friends, as well as my fellow entrepreneurs, I am most grateful to have Mark Tafoya as my partner in the trenches. Aside from being an expert at talking high-strung entrepreneurs off ledges at various times of the day, he is one of the most inspirational people I have ever known. I always know he is in my corner, willing to listen to my ideas, rants, philosophical musings and anything else that needs to be expressed. He is a rare gem in a world that often bends under the weight of cynicism, the idea that “it can’t be done,” or that we are limited by something outside ourselves. Such things are not part of his existence.

So thank you, Mark, for all you are and all we — and this company — will be. I am proud to have you at my table today for a feast of thanks.

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