A Love Letter to LarryDear Dad,
I know this is a hard transition to make. I think it’s because this was never “work” for you. It was a love affair and it was an extension of your family.
If this song lyric is true, “...and it’s only the giving that makes you what you are,” then you are a GIANT!
“Larry’s way was to greet everyone with his big, lovable smile. He always knew the right story to tell to get the laugh we all needed.”
“We knew Larry from the start. We were so impressed with this gregarious, charming, generous and funny guy. We not only became bound by business but by a wonderful friendship.”
“Larry took me under his wing on many occasions, taught me how to do things better and inspired me to be my best. Larry is a gentleman, a great friend, a spectacular salesperson and coach to all.”
“Larry is bigger than life. He greets everyone he encounters with enthusiasm and a robust friendliness.”
“To love people, be genuinely interested, naturally enthused. To be warm, quick with a smile, glad with a story. That’s Larry.”
“Larry always won the hearts of the account before he would even begin to sell them a product.”
“When Larry speaks to people, he has a way of making them feel like they are the most important person in the room.”
“Larry taught me to treat your competition with respect and kindness. If Larry couldn’t meet the needs of an account, he would recommend my product. Who does that? Only Larry!”
“With Larry, it was always the man not the product. You just always felt good doing business with him.”
“A crucial aspect of what Larry did was he always followed through, no matter what.”
“You always have to look at the integrity of the person you’re purchasing from. You’re never just a customer to Larry, you’re a true friend.”
“Larry’s name comes up often. And it’s never just Larry Bell said this or that. Its always ‘my friend’ Larry Bell said this. That’s the key to Larry’s success.”
“Integrity + Compassion + Enthusiasm = Mr. Larry Bell.”
“Larry is the prime example of making yourself invaluable as a business resource and a friend.”
“It always amazed me to realize that your success was as important to Larry as it was to you.”
Dad, your success in the industry is a widely celebrated story. You’ve touched us all profoundly. We celebrate your achievements but, more importantly, we celebrate you.
I love you very much.
Your son and most appreciative student,