Happy Thanksgiving

Strong Thanksgiving

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is it’s a holiday that gives you time to reflect – remembering and reflecting on the things that you are truly thankful for and counting your many blessings.

If you are like me, some days are so busy that you often forget what day, week or even the month you are in. You find yourself simply trying to complete the task in front of you. But Thanksgiving is very different. It’s a time to be with family and friends or spend time otherwise giving thanks. It’s a time to think about the past and have promise for what is going to happen in the future. Before the commotion that comes before Christmas, you have a chance to truly enjoy the things in this world that matter the most to you.

This year I am thankful for many things but the one thing I am looking forward to the most is spending the holiday with my family. I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy everyone around you during such a special time of year.


About the author

John Paul Strong: For someone who spends an average of 135 days outside of the office meeting with clients, John Paul Strong remains the driving force behind his Birmingham-based advertising agency, Strong Automotive Merchandising. Strong began his career as a fresh-faced account executive at Martin Advertising. Learning much, but never satisfied, he convinced his father to partner with him in reopening their own advertising agency in 2004, catering exclusively to the automotive industry. The company started strong but humble. The original roster of 10 employees and eight clients has exploded today, growing to 100 full-time employees and more than 220 automotive dealers. And it hasn’t gone without notice. Along the way, Strong Automotive Merchandising has been recognized as a perennial winner in Birmingham’s Best Places to Work contest and as a Top 20 Agency among Google’s National Ad Partners. Yet, Strong still finds time to share what he’s learned along the way. As an avid writer, he has published two books in the Next Day Traffic series, along with more than 1,000 automotive-focused blog posts. He is also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and his success has been recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2013 “Top 40 Under 40” feature and the 2017 CEO Awards. The foundation for Strong’s career began at the University of Montevallo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and advanced public speaking. Always staying ahead of the competition, Strong later went on to study in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. Amid all of his endeavors, Strong always makes time for what matters most – his family. He is a proud husband to Amy, and father to Lilly Grace, Anne Charlotte, Hudson, and Ford.


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