A little over a week ago my Dad had a heart attack that he did not survive. My Dad was one of my best friends. He loved following what Jason and I were doing with Brandiose. He checked the Clink Room almost everyday and always had a question or comment about what we were up to when I saw him. He instilled in me my love of sports and as a high school teacher and football coach for 39 years he was one of the first people to ask Jason and me to design uniforms and logos for his team. We ended up using that design work in our portfolio that got us our first job with Minor League Baseball. He was deeply loyal and ethical, which shaped my ethical compass that I use everyday to guide how I run my business. He was a fun loving bear of a man, who I spent countless hours surfing and fishing with.
My wife and I moved back to San Diego two years ago so that my newly born son, Moses, could spend time with my parents and they could help us out with babysitting. My Dad was newly retired and he became our primary babysitter spending 2 to 3 days a week with Moses. They became best friends. My Dad and Moses are similar people: energetic, fun loving, curious, and stubborn. I’m so grateful for the time they spent together, even if their relationship was cut short of what I hoped it would be. I look forward to carrying on the traditions and spirit of my Dad with Moses.
Brandiose is a family business. Jason and I have been best friends since kindergarten. Jason moved a block away from my house in the 3rd grade. We spent endless hours at each other’s houses annoying our parents. All 4 of our parents helped in making our business what it is today. My Dad helped us build out or new office we moved into last month, Jason spent 3 days at my side as I grieved, and Jason will be one of the three speakers at my Dad’s memorial. Brandiose is a family business and we’ve lost an important member of that family. Thank you to Jason for carrying on the Clink posts while I was with family and for being there for me, as always.
If they’re still around and you have the means to see them this weekend, give your parents an extra long hug for me. This time you have together is precious. Thank you Clinkers for letting me take a day to tell you about my Dad and what he means to me and the Brandiose family. Thank you for your patience on your orders that haven’t been shipped, they’ll be in the mail soon. You guys are the best.
Fightin’s BTS will resume tomorrow!