Did you know that September 16 is recognized as National Tradesmen Day? It’s only fitting this day would coincide with an exciting day in my professional career, as I’ve always had a blue-collar, tradesman mindset.

I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin with Greek immigrant parents. They came to the United States in 1970 in the hopes of creating a better life for their family, but that dream came with a great sacrifice. Relocating away from everything familiar is tough, but adding to the complexity was the simple fact that neither my mom nor dad could read or write English. My dad secured a job as a master bread baker, while my mom worked as a janitor, and together they worked tirelessly to give our family the world.  

Like most tradesmen, my parents were gritty but incredibly generous. For as long as I can remember, my parents instilled in me the idea of working hard but giving back to those around you. It’s those same principles that Medix was founded on in 2001.

My mother passed away just ten months after Medix opened its door, and most of you know, my father passed away just seven months ago. Every decision I’ve made in the last 21 years has been with my parents at the forefront of my mind. My biggest goal for Medix was to build something that would make my parents and family proud.

Today, and every day really, I honor my parents. Their lasting impact, coupled with some incredible opportunities, has me excited for the next decade of Medix’s growth. This all said, if I leave you with anything from this post, it’s to approach everything you do in life as my parents did. Don’t let fear hold you back, and be both gritty and generous. With this tradesmen mindset, great things will happen.