When my dad passed last month, I was stunned to see that his business was left to me. I suppose if I had thought about it previously, I would have realized that if anything ever happened to him, I would need to do something about the business. But I never thought about losing him. I thought he would be around for another 30 years or so. I found myself needing to learn about facilities HVAC management for NYC residents and all the other things that are associated with the business that he was so proud of and ran for 20 years. I had just graduated from college two years earlier, and I had already found a job of my own as well. But suddenly, I was faced with trying to run my father’s business.
Dad and I had been close for as far back as I can remember. Mom said that I was pretty close to her when I was young, and then, as I grew older, dad and I formed a pretty tight bond. I adore my mother and love her with everything that I have, but it was also nice to get close to my dad when I was around 7 years old. That was when dad started taking me hunting, fishing and and all sorts of other father-son type things that we did. The only thing that I didn’t do was get involved with dad’s business when I became old enough. I had been wanting to get a degree instead. Dad was okay with that.
The moment that I learned that my dad died. I was beyond heartbroken. A week later, I learned the business was mine. Mom told me that employees were keeping things running as best as they could because they were hoping that I would take over and the business wouldn’t need to be shut down. That is why I have decided to start running it myself.