I want to tell you a story.
It’s a simple and true account, about a recent opportunity I had to introduce a colleague to a new and exciting love.
Admittedly, the meeting came about like a bolt out of the blue, a serendipitous encounter up in Parker, Colorado.
At the time, we were hustling our way to Denver International Airport. Our car was full. We all had a lot on our minds: traffic, parking, how I would get through the security lines with a plate in my broken ankle and crutches under my arms, not to mention the upcoming meetings on the other side of the flight.
Frankly, I was shocked by much of what he said at first. How such a well traveled fellow who has seen nearly every corner of the globe and is clearly in touch with cultural norms could be so unfamiliar and naive was a bit of a surprise. Yet, at the moment of introduction, just by the look in his eyes, I could tell he was smitten.
In love, even.
It’s always fun to play the matchmaker, to take a little credit for something that’s bound to last a very long time. It’s even a sweeter experience to introduce someone, even by extension, to a family of high standards and unrivaled integrity. There is comfort in association, especially with a southern family whose roots run wide and deep.
Michael, my colleague of whom I’m writing, can’t stop talking about it. And now, neither can I.
After all, it’s not every day that you get the chance to introduce a friend to Chick-fil-A.
What did you think I was talking about?
There’s a good reason the Cathy family has cultivated an army of “raving fans” from coast to coast. It’s not just about the food, which is good, it’s about the way they treat people and the manner by which they continuously give back to the community.
I couldn’t believe it when Michael mentioned he had never eaten at Chick-fil-A. The place is a favorite of the Dalys; maybe you as well?
My friend, Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s CEO, has launched a new campaign that can be summed up in three words:
Live. Love. Lead.
I hope you’ll check out his blog and personal musings to learn more about this great company.
The Cathy family doesn’t just sell chicken sandwiches. Chick-fil-A is a terrific example of a company that does well by doing well, for both its employees and its customers.
P.S. Michael liked his sandwich so much that he took his wife and kids back to another Chick-fil-A that very night!