Message from the Principal

I took some time to consider what I wanted to say in this message. After all, a lot of ground has been covered since our doors opened in 1984. I wanted to think and reflect on the experiences, events and people that have stood out over the last three-plus decades.

Reflecting on the people and clients that have been so central to this organization, innumerable CEOs, Board members and other C-suite executives have enriched both myself and Simpson Associates throughout the years, generously sharing their insights and contributing to our company in so many ways. And it is and has been a true privilege to be able to call them the very best clients one could hope for. For those reading this, I am sure you know who you are. And to one and all, I extend a warm and heartfelt Thank You!

Turning to Simpson Associates itself, I would like to especially thank all of the team members of our organization. They have been absolutely pivotal in the success of this company. I am most grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a smart, hard working group of people who have treated this organization with a level of care and dedication that is truly remarkable. Well done team!

I would also like to single out two individuals who have had a positive impact that is above and beyond. A warm thank you goes out to Jeanne Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert has been with the company for more than 20 years and I cannot count the number of significant contributions she has made to this company. I would also like to thank Robert M. Nideffer, Ph.D., for selling his company to our group in the not-too-distant past. Dr. Nideffer had any number of suitors and I am especially grateful that he has entrusted our organization with preserving his legacy.

More than three and a half decades! It seems, in some ways, like it was yesterday when this adventure started. And the “last chapter” is nowhere close to being written! In fact, after more than three and a half decades, this company is just getting started. We are only at the end of the beginning. As we go forward, Simpson Associates is continuing to grow — new team members, new challenges, new opportunities, new directions! Exciting times, for sure. Welcome to the next thirty plus years!

As I write this narrative, we are all right in the middle of navigating our way through the COVID-19 outbreak. While bad news seemingly swirls around us constantly, it is heartening to see the ingenuity and creativity of so many individuals and corporate groups who are rising to the occasion to take this “beast” squarely head on. Congratulations to the CEO’s and their teams who are tackling one of the biggest challenges of our age! On an additional note, while I am on the topic, Simpson Associates is very much moving forward and is quite busy in this difficult time. Our entire team remains intact, with zero reductions in head count and zero reductions in compensation. Once again, well done team! These folks are a truly remarkable bunch! Hat’s off!

David Simpson
April, 2020

 

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