Next trip: San Francisco, Hills Bros., Wharton

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Photo credit: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

One of the most inspiring people in my life has been my Grandfather. Although he's passed, there's not a day that goes by where I don't think of him. He had that much of an impact on the person I am. The next trip I take will be to San Francisco, which is where he spent most of his time.

My Grandfather, Ernie Shaw, worked for Hills Bros Coffee for 42 years. Starting as an office clerk he rose to Vice President. An amazing feat that simply doesn't happen anymore. Work place cultures will not allow it. They burn people out.

It's a shame, because like my Grandfather, many of us have the energy and passion to grow with a company - provided they recognize us for doing so. I just read an article about a small business owner who is offering a $50,000 bonus to any employee who stays with the company for five years. You know what I call that? A good start.

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Anyway, exit soapbox.

The Hills Bros. Building at the base of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is where Ernie Shaw worked for 42 years. It remains today, with the Hills Bros. Coffee sign now a National landmark. This January, the Hills Bros. building will have a new tenant, Wharton | San Francisco. I can think of no other tenant my Grandfather would rather have occupy his building. Yes, I said his building.

He was full of life, excitement, energy (likely from all the coffee), loved a good drink, a nice cigar and conversation. Most of all, he loved learning, growing and overcoming challenges. One can only hope his presence is felt in the building and our business leaders of tomorrow remain inspired. 

Wharton, one of the best business schools in the country is expanding its presence on the West Coast. Wise decision. Ernie Shaw and I can think of no better place to be.

P.S. Since you read this far, I figure you must really like coffee. I can dig that. Maybe coffee even gives you superpowers?
You probably love West Coast coffee, too. Check out this book about the history of coffee on the West Coast.

For additional information on Wharton |San Francisco, see: sf.wharton.upenn.edu.