I’m sitting here thinking tonight about Gentog. It’s a special place, it’s a special feeling. As Cathy often says, there is NO place like Gentog. So I’m thinking tonight about what makes it special. It’s the people, of course. God brought some incredible people together here to create a wonderful place. I’m so blessed to be a part of this.
So I’m going to spend a few minutes today telling you about one of our key players…my friend Murt. She is the co-founder of Gentog. She’s my co-president. She’s been my friend for almost 30 years. She’s someone I trust with my life, so it was easy to trust her to help me build this dream.
Murt is a woman of God. She’s a terrific mother that loves her two children with all of her heart. She’s a faithful and loving wife to her high school sweetheart. She hails from South Dakota, and she’s proud to tell you so. She’s a morning person (thank goodness! Since we’re open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, I’m happy to say she is able to get here to open the doors on time every morning without fail.) Murt can keep a secret better than ANYONE I’ve ever met. Really. If you have a confidence to share, Murt’s the one to call. Your secrets couldn’t be safer with anyone else.
Murt is there when you need her. Doesn’t matter where or why. If you need her, she’s there. I remember years ago when a mutual friend was pregnant and her husband was out of town. She called Murt one evening to say that she couldn’t bend over to load the dishwasher, and she really needed Murt to come do her dishes. Most of us hearing that story the next day laughed. We were sure that we would not have dropped everything to go load the girl’s dishwasher. But Murt, with her kind heart, must have sensed that what the young woman really needed was a friend. She was pregnant and alone and feeling vulnerable. She reached out, and Murt was there in a heartbeat. The dishes got done that night…but I’m sure that the young woman who called her knew without a doubt that she was not alone, and that if she ever really needed something, Murt would be there. That’s a true friend.
When we decided to start a business together, I spent many hours discussing the possibilities with my family. Everyone of them…from my grandmother to my parents to my siblings and my children said “There is no one better to start a business with.” There will be challenges in the coming years. But with my friend Murt by my side, I don’t worry about what we may face someday. I know we can handle anything together.