As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year, remember how far we’ve come and look forward to the future at E4D Technologies. We want to share a Thanksgiving letter from Tammi Carter to our E4D extended family, our vendors, and our customers. Please take the time to read our Thanksgiving letter and think about the things you are thankful for as we close out 2020.
A Thanksgiving Letter from Tammi Carter
As the holidays approach, I can’t help but reflect on the traditions of my family. At Thanksgiving, as my family gathered around the table, which was weighed down by all the fantastic food that my Mom had prepared, we first went around the table and each person expressed their thanks for someone or something from that year. Of course, when I was a child, I just wanted to get it over with and dig into the amazing food, and maybe more truthfully, I really just wanted to get to the homemade pies Mom had made for dessert.
As the years went by, I began to realize how meaningful it was to hear what my family and friends were incredibly thankful for each year and I began to enjoy who and what I would thank at each Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes we celebrated the joy of a new family member or some years it was the celebration of the life of someone we lost that year or the feeling of gratefulness for overcoming a difficult situation. Many years later as I’ve continued this tradition I’ve learned that people are rarely grateful for the physical things they have, but, instead, they are thankful for the cherished people and relationships they’ve developed throughout the year.
At my childhood table, we were supposed to limit our sharing to one or two things because, after all, Mom didn’t want all the excellent cooking to get cold! But when I consider all the significant aspects of E4D – it’s impossible to limit my gratitude to one or two things. So continuing the tradition of my family, here are some of the reasons why I am thankful this year…
To the E4D Team
I’m so thankful and proud of the amazing team we have at E4D. During this COVID year, this team could have settled for good enough, but they refused to settle. They’ve taken a good company and made it great. They never stopped innovating and finding new and better ways to serve our customers. I’m grateful for all the teams’ sacrifices that helped us navigate challenging times. There were pay cuts, furloughs, cuts to the coffee budget and so many other things the team offered to do to help us survive the impact of COVID. They inspired me and encouraged me in those early days of COVID when things were so unsettled. I cannot express how thankful I am to have each and every member of the E4D team here today. They truly are the secret to our success.
To the E4D Extended Families
Surrounding all our great team members are their family and friends. We are incredibly grateful for their support of our team. We know that their influence, support, and encouragement create strong, creative, innovative, and tenacious team members. We couldn’t be the great company we are without the strong support team!
To the E4D Owners
E4D and I are grateful to have great owners who support our innovations around the globe. Year after year, they have been a driving force behind our operations. Even during uncertain times, their support didn’t waver. They provide a strong foundation for us which enables our success.
To the E4D Customers
All of this would not be possible if we didn’t have such great customers! Many businesses don’t have the privilege of working with customers who they genuinely like and get to help them transform the world through their amazing products. It has been a pleasure being a part their success and assisting them in making the world a better place for all of us.
To the E4D Vendors
Of course, we wouldn’t be able to provide unparalleled service without our vendors who jump through all our forecast changes and smile (or at least they pretend to)! Nothing is possible without the whole supply chain coming together to make sure we can design and manufacture our customer’s current and upcoming products. Thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and unparalleled service.
So as I close this out and prepare to gather around my table full of friends and family, on my list of things to share will be the blessing of being part of the E4D team!
There is so much to be thankful for after this unprecedented year. Thank you for taking the time to read this Thanksgiving letter, and we encourage you to contact our team to let us know what you’re thankful for this year.