In the latest installment of his guest blog post series, Revel’s Chief Strategy Officer Chris Lybeer shares what he’s most thankful for during a season focused on gratitude and giving thanks. In case you missed his last blog post, here is Chris’s take on Revel’s new philanthropy initiative.
I can’t believe it, but the holiday season is upon us once again and we’re already looking ahead at a new year full of fresh challenges.
At Revel, we’re experiencing significant growth across our organization, and in my opinion, we’re developing some of our biggest and most pivotal solutions to date.
In my personal life, my family and I have stayed busy as the world slowly but surely opened up in 2021 and allowed for some travel and dining out again.
I always try to take a step back around the holidays and draft a mental or physical list of what I’m thankful for, especially in light of the pandemic, which created a season of uncertainty that’s lasted far longer than anyone could have anticipated.
This year, I narrowed that list down to five core themes which I’ll share below. It’s nearly impossible to wrap up everything I’m thankful for into one blog post, though!
Despite experiencing likely the most difficult chapter in their history, I have felt nothing but encouraged and inspired by watching members of the restaurant industry adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic.
Restaurants are very much part of the fabric of our society, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Let’s continue to be gracious towards servers, food delivery drivers, restaurant managers, and the entire industry as they keep serving up our favorite dishes despite what likely feels like daily changes to operational norms.
I certainly don’t want to jinx anything, but I’m thankful for the progress that’s been made during the pandemic and look forward to the day when it’s a thing of the past.
It’s been nothing short of amazing to witness the resiliency of healthcare heroes, volunteers, families, and businesses as they’ve continued to acclimate to changing conditions brought on by the pandemic.
The past two years have tested us in more ways than we could have expected, and it has also been one of the proudest chapters of my career.
I have gotten to watch how the team at Revel successfully pivoted in real-time to help our clients remain open for business in light of evolving customer expectations.
We fast-tracked solutions in record time to respond to the pandemic, and continue to prioritize products that will help future-proof our clients’ businesses.
Frankly, Revel’s people are just extraordinary and that makes all of the difference, especially as a leader. I have the opportunity to support some really talented and sharp people, and I’m thankful for a team that makes it easy to show up for work each day.
Many know that at Revel we refer to ourselves at the “People POS,” and it’s so much more than just a catch phrase to us. It is threaded throughout our DNA as a company, and refers to our commitment to client success, and the success of our internal teams.
It’s a great reminder about why we do the work that we do—Revel ultimately sits at the heart of tens of thousands of businesses around the world, and it’s our job to offer a platform that helps these businesses thrive. We couldn’t do it without a stellar team.
While cliché, I am always extremely thankful for my close circle of family and friends. I think I speak for many when I say that we all leaned heavily on each other through a very strange and difficult pandemic season, which we’re still weathering. My wife Joy and I had a bonus as well—our first two grandchildren were both born during hectic COVID-19 periods. They are light and hope for the world.
The holiday season is always a busy and fun season for the Lybeer family, and I’m looking forward to spending some extra quality time with my wife, children, extended family, and friends.
Enough said. A few weeks back, my beloved home team—the Atlanta Braves—won the World Series for the first time since 1995.
They were major underdogs going into the playoffs, and I think winning despite adversity is a great message about how we all need to approach making things happen for the teams we are a part of. Anything is possible if you care about your cause, your teammates, and you give it your all!
I encourage you to take the time to think through what you’re thankful for this holiday season. It’s a great exercise to help you be present in the moment, and to also set goals for the following year.
In the meantime, I wish Revel clients, blog readers, colleagues and family a wonderful holiday season!