Stop for a moment and take a breath … can you believe it’s already June? For that matter, can you believe we’re actually midway through 2010? My goodness … it seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the Twins’ World Series victories of 1987 and 1991 … or that we were figuring out how to use “electronic mail” in our day-to-day lives … or that we were worrying about potential Y2K glitches. Where has the time gone?

I’m feeling especially nostalgic this year because, as many of you know, we here at Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates are in the midst of our 25th year as a company. It was back in January of 1985 that my partners Jim Krech and Dan O’Brien – along with their friend Brian Wass – founded the company. Two years later, I was fortunate enough to come on board.

25 years. It’s hard to believe.

Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be celebrating our 25 years as a company. Here, in the InterKOM, Jim and Dan – the guys who were present at the beginning – will share their thoughts on “turning 25.” And we’ll be sending out a special “25 years”-themed KOMAink e-newsletter.

As a company, we have been extraordinarily blessed to work with some of the finest, most talented people out there. Within our four walls, the people that have worked for us over the years have been an absolute delight. Our myriad outside partners have challenged and supported us, and have significantly impacted our growth as a company. Many of these partners have become much more than business associates … we now consider the great majority of them to be close friends, as well.

For me, a milestone like this one is both a chance to look back … and a chance to look forward.

We’re having a great year here at KOMA. We’re busy. And the work is interesting, and challenging, and rewarding. As we look ahead, we can see the next generation of leadership here at the firm gaining experience and perspective, growing in their knowledge of the business and the industry. In short, KOMA is in good hands, both now and down the road.

Thanks to all who have impacted the success of our company … to our employees, our partners, our clients, our family members, and all others who help to make it possible for us to do what we love to do.

We hope you’re enjoying your summer as much as we are. Thanks for taking the time to read and reflect with us. Here’s to the next 25 years.