Annual Meeting Inspiration

By Dwayne Clark, CEO on February 17, 2009 8:38 AM

I have listened to all types of motivational speakers over the course of my life. You name it, list any of the top guru’s of business motivation, and I have listened to them: Tom Peters, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Colin Powell and so on.

Last month I had the opportunity to bring Naomi Judd to our Annual Management Meeting to talk to all of the Aegis Living Senior Managers. I picked Naomi for several reasons — she is a nurse and knows healthcare, she lived in Southern California where we operate several communities and last and most importantly, she has a rich story.

She was a young, single mom when being a single mom wasn’t cool – it was actually frowned upon. She speaks about being in a physically abusive relationship, having no money, wondering what would become of her two girls, Ashley and Wynonna.

Her story is about as average or below average American as you can get. But most importantly, her story shows that with strong will and determination, you can improve your life and the lives of your children. She is a true survivor in many ways.

What I like best about Naomi is that she never forgets where she came from. The morning she spoke at our meeting, she called and asked if I would meet her in her hotel room along with her manager. As we spoke she applied sparkling make up and chatted with me as though we had known each other for 30 years.

She didn’t hide behind a veil of success and glamor, she was just Naomi and I loved her.

I think she was smitten with Áegis as she said if we ever wanted a company spokesman she was in. She said she is “sexty four” and perfect for us.

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