August 2019–Celebrating our 35th anniversary has me feeling a bit nostalgic and deeply grateful. A few Associates have been a part of our company’s journey for a very long time. One in particular has been a warrior of our work—Junior Gardner.
This month he celebrates his 15th anniversary with us.
An event planner remains in one post for about two years, according to national statistics. In this day and age to have someone like Junior walk alongside us for so long has been an inspiration and blessing.
In Hawaii ohana means family and Current Affairs is not just a family-owned business. Our ohana includes all of those who work for us.
At the age of 19, he joined the company and embraced events as his lifetime career. He quietly moved up the ranks through hard work, diligence and his many talents. Today, as General Manager, he runs a Team of soldiers who set up events like a military maneuver. He manages our warehouse of more than 15,000 square-feet that spans two floors, filled with furniture, props and décor that he diligently organizes. His crew is the backbone and muscle of all productions or events that we bring to life.
In addition to celebrating his anniversary with us, 2019 is a milestone in his personal life too. When his twin sons are born this year, Junior becomes a father of five keiki. We have witnessed him conquer insurmountable challenges and create new levels of success for himself. One of his accomplishments includes losing more than 200 hundred pounds.
At work, I love that he knows how to run the show. And what he loves most about his job is the beauty of the process and “watching it all come to life.”
He’s a natural born leader. Our Team looks up to him and so do I. When things get hectic, I can hear his voice in my head saying, “Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.”
Tiffany Richardson | President & Partner