I am the baby in my fam­i­ly. My sib­ling was born a lit­tle less than a year before I was, and we have been insep­a­ra­ble our whole lives. My name is Sarah Grace, my sibling’s name is Mack­ey Advi­sors. Our moth­er, Mack­ey McNeill, cre­at­ed Mack­ey Advi­sors 31 years ago. To this day the smell of a fresh­ly paint­ed office and new com­mer­cial grade car­pet makes me feel like a gid­dy kid again. I remem­ber play­ing spy in the ele­va­tors at our first office in Ft. Mitchell. I made col­or­ing books on the bind­ing machine, played Ore­gon Trail on the only com­put­er in the office, and used the rem­nants of the three hole punch as con­fet­ti on New Year’s Eve.

Sarah Grace and MackeyWe had a clas­sic big “broth­er”, lit­tle sis­ter rela­tion­ship. Mack­ey Advi­sors pro­tect­ed me, and some­times I begrudg­ing­ly did my old­er sib­ling chores. I filed the files, made pho­to­copies, and got a pen­ny per enve­lope I stuffed when mail­ings had to go out. I also got jeal­ous from time to time when I had to share my mother’s time with my sib­ling, or when I was dragged to busi­ness event after busi­ness event. But in the end, I love my old­er sib­ling.

I came back to work for Mack­ey Advi­sors in 2009. I was final­ly grown up enough to do “big kid stuff.” I took over the role of Oper­a­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ag­er, and I am unique­ly qual­i­fied for this role. I mean, OF COURSE I am! I grew up with­in the walls of Mack­ey Advi­sors. I have a con­nec­tion to this com­pa­ny only best­ed by my Moth­er, who imag­ined my “sib­ling” into exis­tence. I have an innate sense of what we do, why we do it, and I feel as if I can see into the “soul” of Mack­ey Advi­sors.  

So, how can this lit­tle tale of twins be ben­e­fi­cial to your fam­i­ly busi­ness? Sim­ply put, your chil­dren have known (and will learn) more about your busi­ness that you may think. I am sure they can recount sto­ries of your frus­tra­tions and tri­umphs told over the din­ner table. Grow­ing up so close to a busi­ness gives the 2nd gen­er­a­tion an insight into the inner work­ings of a busi­ness that is invalu­able. The busi­ness becomes a part of who you are, or at least it did for me. So the next time you are work­ing on your mes­sag­ing, think­ing of launch­ing a new prod­uct, or try­ing to stream­line your process­es, look to your chil­dren. They may sur­prise you!

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