SHC Associates Share Their Favorite Memories
With Father’s Day this Sunday, we asked our associates to share their favorite memories, a lesson or some words of wisdom passed down from their father. We received an overwhelming amount of replies from associates filled with love, gratitude and admiration for fathers and male role models. Below are a few responses that embody the spirit of Father’s Day.
“I was a daddy’s girl for sure! My dad always told me, “You become like the people you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with good people.” I’ve always remembered that.” – Barb Kreutzmann, area human resource manager, Home Services
“My dad and I have always been close. Great dads continue to watch out for you no matter how old you get. My dad worked for a railroad company located in the Union Station building in downtown Chicago. I remember that he walked me over to the Sears Tower to make sure that I didn’t get lost getting to my first day of work at Sears. Following that, I had the good fortune to ride the train down to work with him every day until he retired and we moved to Hoffman Estates, Illinois. I’m blessed to still have him around to enjoy this Father’s Day!” – Carol Ricchio, vice president, Retail Solutions
“My dad worked for American Airlines for almost 40 years. He taught me the value of hard work, helped form my love of travel and commercial aviation, modeled treating everyone with courtesy and respect and provided love and stability. Anything good I pass along to my kids finds its origin in him.” – Jae Knowlton, manager, Operations Integration
“My dad was always coming up with creative ways to surprise me and my sister. I remember one Christmas I really wanted a Power Wheel car. When I came downstairs Christmas morning and walked into the living room, I was dismayed not to find one waiting for me. My dad said, “I guess Santa couldn’t fit it into the house.” He then walked over to the fireplace and pointed to the end of a piece of string taped there with a little note saying “follow me.” The string led into the kitchen and all the way down into the basement/garage where the other end was tied to a shiny red power wheel. Obviously, I didn’t know my dad was responsible at the time but I have come to appreciate this and many other fond memories of my dad.” – Ben Aenchbacher, manager II, Store Process
“I love to tell people about my dad, as he was probably the most influential person in my life. My dad was a hard-working carpenter until the day he died at 71. This August will mark 10 years since he passed. Today would have been his 81st birthday. My entire childhood, he fixed our family cars rather than taking them to a mechanic (and used many of Craftsman tools when doing so). He was also one who could easily say “I love you” to his children, perhaps because he grew up without hearing those words from his own father. The ways in which he told us he loved us were numerous. When I left home to venture out on my own, it took on the form of asking me how my car was running. Every time I called him, even if it was on Father’s Day or his birthday (which was supposed to be all about him), one of the first things he would ask me is “How is your car running?” What I heard each time he asked was, “I love you.” – Georgia Bateman, layout administrator/artist, Evoke Creative Services
“My dad enlisted in the Army Air Corp at the beginning of WWII. He was in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. He retired after 31 years, reaching the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. A leadership lesson I took from my dad, as a young Officer in the Army, was to set an example, remember who I was and that people are always watching when you are in a leadership position. This always helped me as a young Officer and man in making decisions. The picture to the left is my dad in the Korean war and me on the right as a young Army Captain.” – Art Mercer II, national manager, Assets Protection and Learning and Development