The ‘Perks’ and the Privilege
After two years as your ASA chairman, my term has come to end. And what a ride it has been! While collecting my thoughts for this last message as chairman, my wife had a few of her own. Following her commentary, I’ll have some closing thoughts.
Kris Nagy on professionalism, perseverance and the love of an industry
Oh, how I wish that were the case. Not only am I married to a driven, passionate businessman, I am also married to the ASA chairman of the past two years. I don’t know anyone, unless they are in a similar situation, who truly understands the level of commitment that it takes to do both, and do both well, which my husband does.
The two years that Ron has been chairman have been more hectic than ever. The traveling is unreal. Not vacationing, as many think, but traveling. He is sometimes gone a week at a time, only to be home for a day or two and off again on a 24-hour trip for a meeting. And, even when he is home, it doesn’t end. The conference calls are often weekly, and usually start at 4 or 5 p.m. – and can last more than an hour. He will come home from work, on a call, and we will depart for our evening activity with him still on the phone.
Owning his own business does allow him to come home early sometimes, but what others don’t see is his early start time. He is always out of the house by 5 a.m., but only after he has done his barn chores. Barn chores? Yep. On top of everything else, we live on a small horse farm. Ron’s morning duties involve feeding a barn full of horses. His “relaxing” time on weekends involve manure management and farm upkeep. The horses are my passion. They help fill all of the time I am home alone. Luckily, I am blessed with a husband who supports me 100 percent, although we often have to make concessions. He misses most horse shows, but will occasionally fly in for a day or two for a big competition. I often find myself driving alone across the country, because he has a meeting he can’t miss. I am not complaining, just revealing the life of a committed professional. He supports me as much as I support him.
Those looking in only see all of the “perks” of being an ASA chairman. They don’t see the sacrifices. The hours of phone calls, the weeks away from home, the absence at important events, like birthdays and anniversaries, and the sleepless nights stemming from the weight of important decisions that have to be made, and the careless barbs and criticisms thrown by folks who have no idea of the self-sacrifices that are made and the sense of responsibility that goes with every decision. Ron was recently out of town when we lost our beloved family dog. He came home to an empty dog bed and a devastated wife.
But, Ron never quits working or gives up. His drive to constantly improve his own business, along with ASA, is relentless. I would say he never complains, but that would be a lie. He has wanted to resign more than once. (In fact, a week ago, he was in that place again!) I always encourage him to persevere. When you are so dedicated to a profession, you can’t give up. Ron is one of the few willing to sacrifice large pieces of himself, as well as his personal life, for the betterment of the industry. EVERY decision he makes is done with the best interest of ASA members in mind. He has worked hard to achieve what he has, with both his personal business and with ASA. I am proud of him. I will, however, selfishly state that I cannot wait for his term to end. ASA will be losing an amazing chairman, but I will be gaining a piece of him back!
Ron’s closing thoughts …
Editor’s note: The AutoInc. staff concurs, Kris! We thank Ron, sincerely, for his many efforts during his term as chairman.By Ron Nagy, AAM, Chairman
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