Notes From A Terrific Saturday Night:
Over 200 of our ECA “family” came to our 38th Annual Installation Dinner honoring the induction of Jim Syar and Babe Ghilotti into our Hermsmeyer Hall of Fame. Past Prez Tom Donohoe gave a nice speak on what the ECA did in 2014, and incoming Prez Mike Gulley announced his year will be focusing on PARTICIPATION. ECA will be reaching out to members for simple quick surveys and will be focusing more on Marin and Napa Counties than in years past. Those in attendance were treated to a video of Mike Gulley and Kenny Dern duck hunting (just a spoof), a wonderful speak by Jim Syar with his key people, family members, and wife in attendance, and we got to see heartfelt emotion from Gary and Glen Ghilotti recounting growing up in a construction family and how their lives were shaped by Babe and Elmo. Office employees were acknowledged and a few great stories were told about Babe and the Green Mill days. A nice tribute was made by Team Ghilotti to one of their employees with a scholarship of $10,000 for their son.
I was struck once again, by the familial theme of our member firms. Both Syar and Maggiora Ghilotti and Team Ghilotti are, of course, venerable firms that have been around a long time with family firms. But, their children are now working and producing the output and that theme keeps recurring year to year within the ECA.