A Thankful Message from Protea Financial Director Zane Stevens

November is a month to reflect and be grateful for all the good we have in our lives. While we may be thankful for things throughout the year, we don’t always vocalize those thanks. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, though, and I want to put my personal thanks into words. I want to let everyone know how thankful I am for each and every one of you.

Thankful for Our Clients

First, I want to express my gratitude towards all of our clients. When we started Protea, we started with one client. Just one. They were a very small business, too. At that point we had no idea if Protea would even grow much more than that or even have a future.

But grow it did, and now we are consistently motivated and amazed by our diverse and interesting clients. We are focused on the wine industry, and we are very proud of the number of people we can help on a daily basis.

Thank you to each client, past and present, that has put their faith in us. As a company, we are very happy you chose us. We will continue to try and repay your faith by working hard, remaining focused, and growing and improving. We will continue to strive to reach our mission of better accounting for everyone. To each of our clients, thank you for trusting us! We are truly blessed with such amazing clients!

Thankful for Our Team

Next, I’m personally grateful for everyone on the Protea team. Every single one of you is amazing. Whether you’re new to Protea, have been here for years, or have found an opportunity elsewhere, you have contributed to our success. I appreciate all the hard work you put in, even during the times it gets tough. I am thankful and grateful for all the commitment and sacrifices everyone on the Protea team has made. We have a great future ahead, and I look forward to seeing the growth and success of each one of you. Thank you! I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful team. 

Thankful for Our Network

I’m grateful for our supporters and connections. When I first started Protea in 2014, I was new to the country and to the wine industry. Through hard work and a bit of luck, I’ve connected with so many wonderful people. I’ve had the opportunity to create lasting business relationships and, at the same time, cultivated some really good friendships.

I’m thankful to each banker, CPA, and consultant that has trusted Protea with a referral. It’s crazy at times to think you put your trust in us when we were a brand-new business. Thank you! I am blessed to know so many wonderful people and to have had your help in growing this company.

Of course, no post on gratitude would be complete without mentioning my family. I have parents that have always supported me no matter what I decided to do. Knowing that they believed in me gave me the confidence to follow my dreams. I have two wonderful kids who love me and mean the world to me. They keep me motivated and are the reason I strive to be better every single day.

I have the most amazing wife anyone could ever ask for. I do not deserve her. I appreciate her so much and am so thankful for her support, her caring personality, and her love. I am thankful she is my best friend and supports me daily. My family gives me the strength to keep striving to be the best!

I am truly lucky. I am grateful for my team, my supporters, and our clients. Each and every one of you is amazing, and I am fortunate to have your trust and your friendship. You motivate and encourage me daily. Today, and every day, I am so thankful for everything I have been blessed with! Thank you!