Name: Crispin Fletcher
Title: Founder, Corporate Business Development, and Random Idea Generator.
What I do at Secondwind: I reach out to and build relationships with future customers of our Secondwind Family. I work to keep all of our present customers really pleased with Secondwind, and I try to embody our Core Values in all that I do.
My favorite part of working with our customers: While I feel the word “partnering” has gotten a bit threadbare lately, I am endlessly curious to learn about our clients, their values, and their ways of operating. Yes, it does satisfy my curiosity, but I believe it is the only way I can help anyone choose the best mix of products, processes, and water services for their world. Each client’s world is unique, and sometimes that makes all the difference.
What have I learned at Secondwind? I have learned that a small business in today’s world needs to be as transparent as it can be to its’ customers. It needs to be genuine, period.
My own top core value: “Do the right thing”.
Spring Activities: We are starting to see the tops of my raised garden beds under the receding snow, a wonderful hint of warm days to come. I am a gardening addict, especially where technology and vegetables converge, and I don’t mean chemical technology. I have 10, 4×10 raised beds and another 4, 4-foot square beds, and hoops, and row covers, and soil blockers, and lots of cool tools. All for just two of us. And, of course, our three beagles.
Beagles and gardens make for a very interesting mix. As you may know, beagles aren’t real big on much that comes out of our gardens except moles and voles, and they are really, really good at catching them. For gardeners this is actually really good. Except for one thing. Think beagle butts sticking up out of a hole with tails wagging furiously. They even bark while down in a hole like that. The sound is quite humorous. Their willingness to use their favorite hunting posture in my raised beds reduces my thrill at their success, in spite of the mole prizes.
Each spring I start planning out just a few areas for some tomatoes, and a few cucumbers, and so on and so on, except that I can’t bear to kill any of my little plant starts, so last year, even though I scaled back, I still had 23 tomato plants. Today, in April, I still have carrots, and potatoes, and parsnips in the cool and dark of our garage, just above freezing. This year, I really plan to cut back so we can do more cycling and kayaking, and visiting with friends. Really.