Lessons Learned from 2016

Mike Taylor / January 2017

I hope all of you had a safe and happy holiday season and a welcome break from work, spending time with the ones who really matter—your family.
    
From information I have gathered, 2016 was a very good business year for many of you across the country. This is a time to evaluate that year and see what we can take from it going forward. Are you going to approach your business plan any differently this year? If so, what are your priorities? What are the top five things you absolutely want to fix or change in 2017? There are lots of questions to ask ourselves.
    
We are all faced with new challenges this year. Or are we? Could they be the same challenges that haunt us year after year? Have we been honest with ourselves as to what those challenges are and identified the opportunities that lay ahead?
    
I believe all of us could do a better job tackling these issues. I know I can. I challenge each of you to do so.
    
Yes, indeed, we are facing a new uncertainty this year and that is our new president and his administration, and how that will impact our industry and businesses. I’m optimistic that he will bring positive change to our country and to the world.
    
It is the beginning of a new year, and I wish all of you great success over the next 12 months.
    
Hope to see you soon.

In addition to being 2016–2017 president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Taylor is executive vice president of Liddle Bros. Contractors, Inc. in Nashville, Tenn.