You may not know this, but our east coast office is still located in the small Massachusetts town where All Things Jeep was founded. One of the wonderful things about a little New England town, in addition to post-card worthy rural scenery and the sense of community, is that you run into people you know when you least expect it. Just this morning, I ran into Jean Wnuk, co-founder of ATJ, getting gas and coffee at the local refueling spot. I was lucky enough to work with Jean and her husband, Norman, as an intern when ATJ was still run out of a historic mill building.
After our brief hello, I started thinking about the time I spent with Norman and Jean and the fledgling online Jeep gift store that I watched them pour their hearts into. Many of you knew Jean and Norm, either through the Jeep community or from being customers of All Things Jeep. You knew their love for these crazy vehicles, their passion for their customers, and their dedication to making ATJ a success. Many of you also knew the sorrow that we felt when Norman passed away unexpectedly in November of 2009.
Seeing Jean this morning brought me back to the roots of our company and made me think once again how lucky we are to have been founded by partners in love and life with such a strong vision for their business - to be the #1 source for unique Jeep gift items.
Next time you start your Jeep, think of Norman, a man who lived and breathed the Jeep life. It's a Jeep thing...yeah, he understood.
Lindsey @ ATJ