What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

October 29, 2019

At Summit, we have a lot to be grateful for this year. As a company, we really have seem to hit our groove. We have been blessed to see another year of rapid growth, our team is growing and is stronger than ever, and in August we celebrated one of our biggest accomplishments as a company being recognized by Inc Magazine as one of America's fastest growing companies. In addition, we've seen several team members reach individual accomplishments such as Randy Morris, Dan Gilbertson, and Ross Haycock making Forbes' Magazine's "Best In-State Wealth Advisor" list, David Lee being recognized by Memphis Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager, and Jason Runung making ColoradoBiz Magazine's Top 50 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado. *For important award disclosure information, please click here.

The recognitions and the accolades are exciting for us because it validates our efforts. It is a testament to the strength of our team, and the valuable trust our many clients have given us to manage their hard-earned assets. 

While professionally it has been a good year, it has also been a great year for our staff personally. Nate in Colorado and his family welcomed a new baby boy, Francisco. Jason in Lone Tree and his family welcomed a new baby girl to the family, Anya. Josh in our Madison branch got married and bought a home. Our CEO Randy Morris, welcomed not one, but TWO grand-babies to the family. Shannon in Colorado Springs tied the knot. Dan Cook in our Lone Tree branch received his ordination. Lily in our Scottsdale branch gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. 

As you can tell, we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Here are some of the responses from our staff when we asked them what they are thankful for: 

Shayla Carr: I am thankful for two identical twinsie girls coming in March/April 2020! 😊 Having good health, family, a husband who gets me, a roof over myhead, sunshine and so many puppies to love on makes me grateful daily.

Gary James: Family and home are especially important and I am very grateful.  Children doing well in college and no major issues at present.  My Mom and Dad both with serious health issues but still alive and enjoying life.  Tina still puts up with me after 35 years.  Free country where I can attend church and honor Christ without potential physical repercussions. Not the case in a lot of the world.

Alyssa Campfield: I am thankful for my husband, Tom. He has been my rock as we moved with the military to a new state, away from all friends and family. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if he didn’t feel like my true home.

Lily Gubceac: I’m thankful for different seasons in life that God allows us to go through.  I’m thankful for the experience of being a parent.  It has its challenges and joys, but it also teaches priceless hands-on lessons on sacrificial love, endurance, doing the impossible and provides lots of opportunities for personal growth and development.  

Scott Marks: I am thankful for my beautiful wife and my 2.5 kids (one pending). We are lucky to live in Arizona where golf never has an off-season!

Carmelle Nemechek: I’m thankful and blessed to be the spouse of an awesome, loving husband, the mother of two fantastic sons, lucky to have friends and family that care, and,most of all, the opportunity to celebrate life each day.

Jason Runung: I am grateful for my wife Kendra and my two daughters, Ava and Anya. I am grateful for my family and friends and all those around me. I am grateful for our clients and that I get to work in a role where I can feel a sense of purpose and that I am having a significant and beneficial impact on those whom I help. I am grateful for my team and the way they help me to help others.

Ross Haycock:  

  1. The dedication, hard work that my team (Colo Spgs branch and Marketing) puts in to serve our clients.
  2. Dorcas Reilly-inventor of my favorite Thanksgiving dish (look her up)
  3. The ongoing trust and confidence clients place in myself and SWG
  4. My 25 yr old son (Mason) has a great job in his field of engineering and has maintained that job for 18 months…most importantly he likes it
  5. Nate-his different viewpoints on life, helps me broaden my perspective, although we disagree on certain “things”, it helps me focus on “things” we have in common.

Nathan Archuleta: This thanksgiving I am especially thankful for the blessings of my two children, Francisco and Luna

Shannon Anderson: I am thankful for this amazing, crazy, challenging life the Lord has blessed me with. My husband, my kids, my career, my co-workers, my leadership team. I am truly thankful for all the blessings God has entrusted me with.

Emily Biehler: I am grateful for my husband and his hard work and great dad skills. I am grateful for my sweet daughter and her new ability to sleep through the night (sometimes)!

Dan Gilbertson: I am so thankful for my wife, Patty.  My favorite part of my day is to get home at the end of the day, and see her smiling face.  I am also thankful and blessed to have three terrific kids and six amazing grandkids.  Finally, I say it all of the time, the older we get, the better it gets.  We are truly blessed.

Starr Nagai: I am thankful for my two nieces, they light up my day with their sassiness, silliness and smiles. 😊

Josh Oller: I’m thankful for the safety and freedom we enjoy here in the United States due to those who have fought to protect us both here in the states and overseas.  Words can’t describe how thankful and supportive I am of our military. 

David Lee: I’m thankful for my relationships with my wife Sharon, kids Liz and Jon and their spouses, granddaughter Rose; my mother, siblings, and other family; my friends and clients, and my Summit colleagues. All of these relationships make life worthwhile!

Maryam Rawesh: I’m grateful for my family 😊

Josh Willink: I'm grateful for all of life's beautiful adventures, big or small. 

Brenda Slayton: There are so many things I am thankful for this year that it’s impossible to name everything, but here are a few that I am most grateful for:

  • Family and friends who love and support me    
  • Basic necessities such as food, water and shelter
  • Being cancer free for 2 years
  • God’s love and forgiveness

Dan Cook: I am thankful for my calling to serve God’s Church and the many people who prayed for me and provided support this year.  I am thankful for my family, for their faith and their love, especially my wife Denise.  I am thankful for the employees of Summit who work hard to provide the best services and advice to our clients.

Sharon Lee: I’m grateful for my health and family. 

Darby Christenson: There is so much to be thankful for, but always at the top of the list is my crazy and wonderful family.  Nobody brings out my embarrassing snort-laugh like they do.   

Randy Morris: I’m thankful for the freedoms that we get to experience living in the US and thankful for the men and women who have served our country since it’s inception to give us and to protect those freedoms.