The Third Generation

Meet the newest member of our winery staff. She's smart, she's pretty and best of all, I can hug or kiss her anytime I want withoutTaylor Wallace - click photo to enlarge getting sued! 'Cause I'm her mom.  

Welcome Taylor Love Wallace. Our daughter recently graduated from high school, and is now working part time over the summer for our human resources dynamo, Sally.

Taylor is doing a hodge podge of administrative tasks and boy, talk about bringing back a flood of memories...

I can vividly remember being the same age and working for Lynda Honeysett our office manager at the time. Like Sally, she was very kind and loving, taking me under her wing to show me the ropes. I thought I was such a big shot learning about credit memos, and helping her (this was before the winery had its first computer) hand enter debits and credits into the general ledger. It was the late '70s and there was another youngster working here at the time, Gary Emmerich. Gary is our Director of Sales Administration and is still with us today. He and I sort of grew up at Dry Creek together and I have nothing but the upmost respect and gratitude for his many contributions and long tenure with our family business. I can't imagine the place without him.

It makes my heart warm thinking about those early days, and how another generation of youngsters is sticking their toes in the water at Dry Creek. Who knows, maybe Taylor will end up running the place someday. If she does, watch out everyone. This is a girl with shrewd negotiation skills, a keen mind, and leadership qualities up the wazoo. Frankly, she makes mom look like a pansy. Her favorite bit of advice for me?  "Why don't you just fire them?"

Good grief!

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Charlene Kleiner said:
July 6, 2011 10:11 AM

Kim, that's great!

CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
July 6, 2011 11:19 AM

Congrads to Taylor Kim!

Matt McCormack Author Profile Page said:
July 6, 2011 1:49 PM

Just don't let her run the sales department. I don't want to end up on the wrong end of the firing.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
July 7, 2011 8:35 PM

Thanks for the good wishes everyone. It's hard for me to look at her in this new "adult" role when this is the same kid who still doesn't always do her chores! But, it's really rewarding to watch her grow and to hear positive feedback from her boss Sally. (Good thing I'm not her boss!)

JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
July 8, 2011 3:38 PM

I hope Taylor has fun, and exercises that pointed business acumen.

It helps to know the routines, but also to recognize the chances for adding genius. Plus, a good administrator has more time off; so it is worth making decisions well the first time, then go to have fun.

Computers are a help. I would have put Excel to work at my post; it's a program that is customizable.

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