Jenifer Kloppel - Rochester Office
Looking back on the last year and a half I am grateful for the forced quarantine. As inconvenient as it was at the time it allowed me to take a step back from my normally busy schedule and appreciate what I have around me. Being forced to work from home took a lot of getting used to but it allowed me to spend more time with my three dogs playing fetch and snuggling. Little did I know this extra time would be more important than I ever thought. Only six short months later I would lose one of my best friends. Our 12-year-old German Shepherd, Atlas, would suddenly fall ill and pass away. Within days our second pup Liberty suffered heat stroke and nearly died. Luckily, she pulled through. Within just a few more months our 12-year-old Beagle, Dagny, would also become very ill and pass away.
Krista Niles-Updyke - Elmira Office
Greetings from the NYS Steam Engine Association Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua NY!
While my family doesn’t own a steam engine, we do own an assortment of antique Allis Chalmers tractors, hit-and-miss engines, corn grinders, and other rusty gems. We spend a week at the show each August enjoying the flea market, tractor pulls, daily parade, and have our tractors and engines on display. This year my son Lee, who is 10, pulled in the tractor pulls for his very first time. He placed 4th in his weight class out of 10 entrants…not bad for his first pull! Ryan, 17, placed 2nd and Madi, 20, placed 3rd. Our kids have been coming to the show since they were babies and we have a slew of pulling trophies. The kids love the show and I hope they will continue the family tradition for many years to come. It’s a lot of work to haul two 28’ trailers of tractors, an engine trailer, and fifth-wheel camper, back and forth from Big Flats to Canandaigua (not to mention food and drink for 6!), but the memories we make are priceless.
Jim Schnell - Rochester Office
As football season sets in, that means its time for the annual MMB Fantasy Football league and the always fun - draft party! Twelve years ago MMB starting sponsoring a fantasy football league and six years ago, due to increased popularity, the annual event expanded to two leagues.
We even were able to hold the event last year during covid, of course with proper safety protocols. While some people have participated for all 12 years, there are also new faces each year. The event includes MMB alumni and at times there have even been husband-wife team participants. It truly is something people look forward to and a way to celebrate with your co-workers outside of the office.
Dave Rizarri - Rochester Office
It’s hard to believe we are about to enter the month of September. The last 15 months or so have been challenging to say the least. We can however, see some light at the end of the tunnel. These past few months have also been very bittersweet as my wife and I were proud to see our youngest daughter graduate with her doctorate in physical therapy and will soon be off to her new job at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. I truly never thought the “Empty Nest” would arrive so fast! I guess it will take some getting used to, but we will see how we adjust and cope with our new life style. Anyhow, now that life is slowly getting back to normal, stay healthy, safe and enjoy.
Greg Thomas - Rochester Office
I’ve decided to write about the D&I Committee’s formation and mission thus far. So, about a year ago now (hard to believe) the firm had decided to start something. A dialogue or group to help connect the firm and our diverse community at large. This was in the wake of a summer of unrest with protests gripping our nation. I have said this before, I think it was a brave, necessary and correct decision. We need to show that we are conscious of the minority community and that we hear them and are willing to help bridge the gap.