Hit Pause and Look Around

November 25, 2015 / Featured, Media / 0 Comments /

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, the results far exceed the effort. The biggest challenges range from deciding which football game to watch to the choice between turkey and ham.

But as time goes by, I am gaining a new sense of appreciation for Thanksgiving. Again this year, we are adding another chair to the table, albeit a high chair, and everyone will be present and accounted for. I would hope everyone experiences this priceless environment, but that is why I say hit pause and look around.

Be thankful for the freedom to gather. It comes with an ongoing price paid by service people past and present. Be thankful for your family and friends with you at the table. For many there is an empty chair of one stationed elsewhere in this country or overseas.

I have grown to associate Thanksgiving with God bless America. This Thursday, there is no place I would rather be and there is no question who makes it possible. For my family, and hopefully for yours, pause and devote a meaningful moment this Thanksgiving to all who stand guard to protect and preserve the blessings we hold dear.

About the author

John Paul Strong: As owner of Strong Automotive Merchandising, a company that increases traffic up to 1,000% for dealerships, Strong lives by the simple concept that your attitude affects your success. Without a positive mind set he would not have been able to grow the company over the last decade from just 10 to over 80 full-time employees. The rapid growth is thanks to his ability to keep the company on the forefront of technology, market changes and an infectious talent to motivate and keep employees striving to fulfill their potential. His beginnings in direct mail gave him the tools and skills to develop incredibly successful marketing plans. From there he moved on to traditional forms of media and has now mastered the dynamic world of digital and social media advertising. With over 150 dealers to please, Strong takes a hands-on approach and personal attention to detail in all aspects of marketing strategies. His expertise in plan development gives him a keen sense on how to maximize a dealer’s budget and ultimately increase their bottom line. Strong is a passionate speaker in the automotive industry. He has authored two books on creating next day traffic. He graduated from the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Business School. Strong received a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Montevallo. He lives with his wife and three children in Homewood, Alabama.


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