Saturday, May 22, 2010

At Last

I'm very pleased to say that I (John) found a great job! After interviewing around the country I ended up finding a great fit with a company called Nalco. I'm in the global headquarters which happens to be of all places right here in our town! So no moving any time soon for us. My position is Product Manager, basically managing the marketing and strategy of industrial products that are used in water systems. Without getting too detailed I'll be able to combine my heating and cooling, engineering, and MBA experience for this position...exactly what I was hoping for.

I started the job on Monday of this week but something else very important happened Saturday May 15, my graduation! After a stressful 18 months with no breaks, I finished my MBA at the University of Notre Dame. When I began the program I asked our Heavenly Father to help me out so that I can do well and take the most from this opportunity to learn. The experiences and friendships I have gained have truly been a blessing to me. My class was cohort style so I took all my classes with the same group of people who became a close group of friends and teammates. I'm on the right side of the group picture with my head above the others.

I never would have thought it but I guess the windows of heaven were opened because I was blessed to do well in my classes and ended up graduating Magna Cum Laude and inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

I have to say that none of this would have been even remotely possible without the amazing support and constant sacrifice that Lajuana and the kids have made. Lajuana never ever made me feel that I was less of a father or husband because of the extreme time devotion I had to spend getting that project done, prepare for a presentation, or get ready for that impossible exam. She is an amazing woman and I truly believe I am who I am because of her. The business school sanctioned the use of an honorary certificate called the "Master of Patience", she earned it with Summa Cum Laude honors.

To celebrate my graduation we had my entire family come in from across the country. It was a blast seeing my family and having them stay with us. My younger brother Jason was in Iraq when I graduated with my bachelors degree and so this is the first time we could all be together in 8 years! Below is a picture of my brothers and my sister. The one below that is of the entire family. We sure did have a great time.


I have a good life said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I am so excited for you! That job sounds perfect. Your family looks great. Your kids look happy. Congrats! You have been working for years and deserve it! Congrats again! (Although...I do wish it were in Texas.)

Pulcheria said...

Congrats again! What a great month!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!! That is so awesome! Congrats!

Josh said...

Congratulations! You're truly an inspiration!

Andrea said...

Congratulations John and Lajuana! That's so neat to see your whole family together. Go Sapps!

Debbie said...

Wow! Thanks for the blast from the past. I think that's the first time I've seen Larry, Jason and you together since Dallas. Tell them to facebook me. ~Kevin Gulledge
P.S. Congrats on the graduation and the job... and the new boy.