Pye-Barker Supply October 2018


P.O. Box 1387 (30298) 121 Royal Dr. Forest Park, GA 30297


Last month I wrote about the power of the handshake, only to fracture my right hand while teaching karate a few weeks later. The irony was not lost on me as I winced through handshake after powerful handshake at our conference in Washington, D.C. All in all, the trip was worth it, though I learned that I may have to start taking things a little easier at the dojo — I’m not getting any younger. In fact, I turn 50 this month, and frankly I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. It feels like a big milestone, but my only real takeaway is that 50 is a lot younger than I thought it was. Sure it takes me a little longer to get out of my chair at the office, but that’s about it. That’s why for my actual birthday I’m going to be getting far, far away from that seat. For the first time in 10 years, my family and I will be headed to Hawaii for a little R&R, and we won’t be alone. We’ll be headed to the islands with some dear friends from our church, who first introduced us to the Aloha State a decade ago. They regularly vacation out there and finally convinced my wife, daughter, and me to give the long travel time a shot. After snorkeling in Hawaii’s turquoise water, we were hooked. We always knew we wanted to go back, but it’s taken us a while to save up and find the time. 10 years was a long wait, but getting to spend my half-century birthday celebrating on the beach with my family certainly worked out! Now the only challenge is going to be striking that perfect balance between relaxing and exploring the island. But whether I’m at a luau, snorkeling, or just snoozing on a beach chair, I can rest easy knowing Pye-Barker is in a strong position. THE FUTURE IS LOOKING BRIGHT A TIME FOR GROWT H

Georgia, and we’ve been right there beside our partners, finding solutions and helping them grow their businesses. Thanks to the work of our great team, we’re ready for the company to experience its own growth. At the time of writing, we’ve just brought on a VP of operations to help run things smoothly as we prepare to ramp things up. We’ve also brought on a new addition to our sales team in the Northwest to help us give better coverage to our friends up there. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this renaissance Georgia manufacturing is experiencing. Being able to give our team that added job security and bring more eager professionals into the Pye-Barker family is about the best birthday present I could ask for. My hand may take longer to heal than it used to, and I may be a little slower getting out of the chair, but I’ve never been more energized by where this company is heading. To all our team members and partners who have made this possible, thank you.


-Eric Lunsford

The last few years have seen a lot of transition, but I’m proud to say we’re better for it. Manufacturing has been flourishing in


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