This year has been a whirlwind from the beginning to the end and that is saying the very least. Activity from all sectors of the A&D community has been at full throttle. It has been interesting to see what was around the corner at every turn. We had a few client mergers, we had major new projects announced that will keep many of us busy on into 2020 and we had a lot of remodel work going on, too. All in all, it was a very positive year for growth and new projects on the books.



I really have no idea where to begin, so I will just jump in. Grand Rapids Chair had a fun year of introductions and previewed new collections online throughout the year. Tri-Tex is all settled in their new location and busier than ever. Northland Furniture had a great year and was fortunate to be put on the preferred vendor list for many hotel/motel chains across the country. Rizzy Hospitality is now going full steam ahead with the new hospitality division and I hope to see some fun things come our way this next year. Then there is TRI-KES, wow, is all I can say. The news broke in October that TRI-KES, D.L. Couch and Eykon became a part of the Momentum Group to form the largest supplier of textiles and wallcovering in the commercial interiors industry. TRI-KES and Momentum Group have complementary strengths, shared core values and have traveled similar paths to success. Our new scale provides unique opportunities in product innovation and service. Heather Wilmer and I are confident it will be a smooth transition for all of us. We will both keep you posted as we learn more together. Until then, everything will stay as it is until the end of this year.



This was another area of life that took a sudden twist this year. The Forgotten Song Foundation and Forgotten Song Music is helping produce a new CD that will be submitted for Grammy consideration in 2019 for the 2020 Grammys in collaboration with American Jazz Initiative, Nathan Tanouye and Clint Holmes called Las Vegas Suite. It’s a fabulous album and we can’t wait for its release in in early 2019.

Next, Forgotten Song Music became the publisher of the new magazine Chic Compass that by now most of you have received from me. We hope to make an impact with some wonderful articles this next year and it will elevate both the foundation and FSM to new levels. I am delighted to have a wonderfully creative team on board and a host of talented writers and photographers. Forgotten Song Music is invited to perform at The Speakeasy at the Mob Museum on Dec. 14. If you are out on the town, stop in and check it out. We will have some wonderful musicians from the Midnight Muse film speaking about what it was like performing during the mob era. They will do a performance that evening, too.



I wish you only the best of holidays ahead and a healthy and happy New Year. May you find time to rest and recharge your body, mind and spirit for what awaits us all in 2019. Have a prosperous NEW YEAR!