A message from Managing Partner Ira Sherman
There is nothing like the feeling of summer turning to fall, and the leaves magically turning from green to an array of other beautiful colors. One of the reasons we welcome this change is because we all know Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and New Year’s are not far behind. Despite the cooler air, the mere thought of the upcoming holiday season enlivens our spirits and warms our hearts. The Thanksgiving holiday has now come and gone, and we all anticipate the fun and the sense of renewal our holidays and the new year provide.
But this Thanksgiving, for me, was different than all others. The handshakes, hugs, and kisses welcoming family and dear friends had more significance than in years past, because those welcomes that we took for granted pre-COVID were now also symbolic of our ability to say goodbye to the lethal threat that COVID presented before vaccines were available. What a joy it is to return to this “new normal,” which is less than what we were used to, but much better than what we have been through the last eighteen months. With all the terrible consequences of COVID, we were left with the benefit of having “Thanksgiving” whenever we see old acquaintances, friends, or family again, and perhaps we wake up every day with a stronger sense of gratitude.
We are beginning the new year with a new group of talented members of our team. Claims Manager Erik McConnell retired and is succeeded by Melonie Mills, and Tira Barnes joined the team as a Claims Manager in April 2021.
I anticipate that 2022 will provide an opportunity for us to meet with clients more often in the office, whenever a client prefers that over a virtual Zoom meeting. We all look forward to being “in person” again.
On behalf of the entire staff, I wish you all happy holidays and good health in the new year.