"I remember where I was . . . I remember who I was with."

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I was in the offices of Fidelity Homes, in Venice, Florida, just starting a process mapping engagement that would give this start-up builder a state-of-the-art set of business processes. SAI’s involvement was part of a large pro bono effort, sponsored by Professional Builder, that included a number of top consultants servicing the homebuilding industry.

I was the Process Architect for Fidelity Homes.

Sitting across the table were David Hunihan and Todd Menke, two young builders, eager to take their experience in homebuilding and pursue a National Housing Quality award. To this day, I think these guys represent the entrepreneurial spirit and personal courage that makes this country and this industry great.

We had barely started, when David was pulled away by a telephone call. It was his wife, asking if he was aware of what was going on in New York City. As the events continued to unfold, in New York City, in Washington DC, in western Pennsylvania, we eventually found that it was impossible to concentrate on mapping processes, and it did not seem all that important, anyway. We cancelled everything for the rest of the day, and, separately and in our own ways, watched and processed what was happening.

Bill Lurz, then a senior editor at Professional Builder, joined us the following day. We finished the project two days later, and I drove back to my family in Ponte Vedra Beach through a tropical storm. The hugs had more conviction than usual.

The articles were written for Professional Builder.

I will not much impose my views on all of you, as to what I consider to be the remaining, unfinished business of this country. Time has not changed my feelings one iota. Suffice to say, we were attacked because of who we were, and because of who we remain. Suffice to say, evil is the enemy of good, and it has a face.

In the years that have followed, careers have changed. But, I will never forget where I was, or who I was with.

One Comment

  1. Ping from David C. Hunihan:

    It is interesting; the things that link us together with others during the course of our lives. I will always remember that day for many reasons, and I continue to be thankful for the people I shared it with.

    Be Blessed, brother.