Only a Humble Person Can Be Free.

I’m not going to pretend to know Tom Paul nearly as well as the Buechel Family. Before his retirement sendoff, I thought I recognized the significance of his influence. Now, after hearing the war stories around the campfire (okay it was the Fond du Lac conference room, but it might as well have been a campfire), my level of respect has gone to a whole new level.

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It’s been said that humility is the key to effective leadership and high performance. If humility is the key, then it’s no wonder how Tom’s virtue rooted Buechel Stone in the strength and modesty to help us grow from some very challenging times.

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If there was a TEAM TOM mantra, we’d probably borrow this quote by C. S. Lewis, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” And Tom showed his selflessness right up to his very last day. He even sought assurances from April Dowland (HR Manager) to NOT be recognized prior to his departure. So of course April conspired with Tom’s wife Julie to plan a surprise golf outing. I can’t say for sure, but I think Tom forgave them after the first few holes. Let’s be real. It wasn’t the first time these two ladies teed him off. (Get it?)

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I’ll probably never completely understand the significance of everything Tom Paul has done for us during his nearly ten years of service as CFO of Buechel Stone Corp., but I’m glad he stuck around long enough for me to see and understand a few of his most impactful accomplishments.

“Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free.” – Jeff Wilson  Thank you from everyone at Buechel Stone for enriching us with your humility. Cheers to many years ahead enjoying the freedom of retirement! You will be missed.

Tracy Lisowe
Marketing Manager
Buechel Stone Corp.