Congrats and Farewell, Gabe.

There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when everything aligns perfectly. Sort of like when you’re in a hurry and all of the traffic lights are green.

I recall hearing someone once refer to those occasions as ‘satisfaction for the soul’.

Satisfaction for the soul. I love that.

Personally, moments like that make me feel light in a way that only genuine happiness can; and truly, its quite a bit more than that. Its genuine happiness combined with deep relief and revived ambition.

I’ve been lucky to have several of those moments in my life, and each time they spark a little something that cannot be replicated. While there’s nothing quite like the moment itself, reflecting on the feeling is gratification in its own right.

That’s what I’m doing this morning, reflecting on one of those moments that occurred a little over a year and a half ago while I was working here at Fitterer’s.

A goal of mine while working with Fitterer’s digital presence was to incorporate video into our online community. That being said, I had limited experience with video production and editing past the small bit of education I received in it almost a decade ago.

It’s no secret that technology has changed tremendously during that lapse in time, and I knew I needed some help to get this project going.

I reached out to a few professors and departments at the University, hoping to find a student with an interest in video marketing that could use a few internship credits.

Not long after I sent the mass email, it was brought to my attention that a member of our own delivery crew was actually studying marketing. At this point I was intrigued – someone who had the video knowledge I needed on top of really knowing Fitterer’s Furniture was the best combination I could hope for.

Finding out who this person was made the moment one of those “ all the lights are green” occasions.

Gabe is one of the hardest working, most respectful and reliable people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I was thrilled when he agreed to help me in the office between delivering furniture each week. To be perfectly honest, what he did during that time was far more than help me in the office. He became a pivotal part our digital presence ; allowing us to share what Fitterer’s is all about with more people, in a different way.

It’s actually very difficult to put into words how much Gabe has done. He’s shared ideas , created concepts, offered advice, taken photos, and done research. He created the Fitterer’s YouTube channel. He wrote a blog. He wrote a newsletter article. He sat in on meetings with me and asked all of the right questions. He did all of this while remaining an essential asset to our delivery team and going to school.

When the time came for Gabe to graduate from Central, I knew it wouldn’t be long before he landed a job. Someone would be crazy if they didn’t want him on their team.

So today, on his last day before heading to his new job in Portland, I had to let people know how much he’s done and how much he will be missed.

And though its difficult to say goodbye to someone who has given so much , I’m incredibly grateful for that “ all the lights are green” moment when Gabe expanded his roll at Fitterer’s.

With that, myself and everyone at the store would like to wish the best of luck to Gabe on his next adventure!

You’ll certainly be missed!