April 4, 2020 is the 32nd anniversary of the founding of our company. I am reminded of it daily because that date is inscribed on the back of a gold religious medal that my wife, Barbara, gave me to celebrate the company’s creation. I’ve worn it ever since.
On one side, that medal symbolizes my personal religious belief that there is a power beyond our understanding, a God of love and understanding who has created humankind and a world that is at times incredibly beautiful and full of joy, and at others, difficult and challenging, beyond our powers of comprehension.
The other side reads “4-4-88,” symbolizing my belief in hope, hard work and shared values.
In the first week of April 1988, The Bozzuto Group still existed mainly in the minds of the four of us who had created it, and even we weren’t sure what we wanted it to be. So at that moment, the date inscribed on the medal represented simply hope—hope that the company would survive, hope that we would be able to pay off our loans, hope that the four of us would continue to get along, hope we would be able to at least make a living.
As time has passed, and the company’s birthday has come and gone, I still see hope in the medal, but I also see far more. For we have not only survived through some tough times, but we have also thrived because of the hard work of a great many people. Since the beginning of the company, we have been fortunate to be surrounded by associates willing to put in extraordinary effort and as much time as necessary to get through the challenges and get the job done as well as anyone could possibly do it.
We have been able to build a team of people committed and motivated by a single set of values—four simple words, each with a dictionary’s worth of meaning, guiding everything we do. Concern, creativity, passion and perfection, combining to instruct our every effort as we create sanctuary for our residents.
At a moment like this, as we celebrate our company’s birthday during a time of extraordinary medical and financial challenge, my medal gives me great comfort and continued belief in the company’s future. We have been through tough times before. Each challenge has been unique. Each challenge at the time seemed overwhelming. In some respects, each challenge was terrifying. Yet we have overcome every obstacle put in front of us and continued the growth and vitality of this company. We will do the same this time. Happy Birthday!Learn more about Tom Bozzuto