As we enter our holiday season I can’t help but reflect on a few things, especially amidst all that is going on within our company. We just recently had our yearly December bonus meeting. We always look forward to hearing Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas speak. This year was no exception. As usual, Mr. D. reviewed all that we have accomplished throughout the year. As usual, he was proud of our accomplishments and thanked us all for our hard work over the past year. As usual, he shared with us as we received our bonuses. One thing was different, however. He could not share with us information as to what the future would hold for our company. He expressed that he was “forever grateful” for the overwhelming support that he has received over the past several months.
This company is like no other. We all understand it…because we live it. As we were driving home from our MB Christmas party, my husband commented on how we all got along so well. “It’s amazing how this company is so large, but yet so close. I can see that you have genuine feelings for each other. I just smiled, “We are family”.
How many CEO’s meet with their Department Directors to lower their margins and pass the savings on to the consumers? How many companies do you know of where the top executives are in the stores day in and day out…sometimes before the Store Directors arrive at 6:00…or earlier? How many companies are driven with so much pride and passion to take care of our treasured customers? How many companies have so much dedication and loyalty for their CEO and top executives?
Artie Demoulas is a modern day “George Bailey” straight from, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. He is a true philanthropist that quietly and continuously gives. He is driven to give the best possible service and value to our customers. He personally cares about his associates, our families, the vendors and countless communities. He has shared with all of his associates for all our efforts…and yet….he is thanking us. We would all understand if he walked away today with all that has been going on with our new BOD……but he never will. He is the head of our family.
This time of year, I am thankful for all that I have. I am thankful for my 2 wonderful children and my husband. I am thankful, proud and feel so fortunate that I have worked at Market Basket for the past 23 years. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to work and learn from the best leaders in this industry, Mr. TA Demoulas, Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas, Mr. Marsden, Mr. Rockwell and Mr. Miamis. These men are not only great leaders and mentors, they are gentlemen.
It is time that WE thank Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas and his family for fighting for us, our families, our futures and our precious customers…. for this…WE are “FOREVER GRATEFUL”.