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A Daughter’s Entrepreneurial Tribute to Her Father

July 9, 2010

Adam, Tracy and Thomas Higginbotham

The door would open up and my sister and I would race to the coffee maker to pour a cup of coffee for the ski customers entering my parents ski shop. Once they left, we played beneath the hundreds of skies that created a teepee on the ski rack. The smell of hot wax drifted upstairs from the waxing room where skiies were prepped for different types of ski conditions. Later at night my sister and I would head downstairs to watch exciting ski jumping movies with the guys who worked for our parents. We usually made ourselves our own coffee – with much more sugar and cream than coffee – as our treat.

I believe my entrepreneurial spirit was born during the late 1960s and early 1970s when my parents were entrepreneurs during the winter months in Upstate New York. There was something exciting about the cash drawer opening, watching my father smile and laugh with his clients, the comfort created in the shop making staff and clients feel like family.  In my eyes, mind and spirit, entrepreneurship meant creating a welcoming environment for everyone. 

Today as I recognize the fourth year of my father’s passing and stare at the original Van Alystyne painting of a skier that represented him and his entrepreneurial spirit, I am very grateful for his prescence in my life. For not only teaching me how to be a good human being, a loving parent to two wonderful sons,  but for also teaching me how to be a kind and generous entrepreneur to my clients. So today as I work, I celebrate the man who gave life to me, inspired me, and loved me.  He remains close to my heart and mind as I work every day to be the best person and entrepreneur I can be. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 1, 2010 6:33 pm

    you have a nice post..
    keep posting and have a nice day 22:33


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