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A Year of Gratitude


This year has been an amazing year on so many different levels. It seems time has flown by twice as quickly as ever before … It’s hard to believe that not only is Thanksgiving almost here, but the end of the year is also fast approaching. 


Even though we all celebrate in our own unique ways, the Thanksgiving holiday is rooted in traditions designed to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. No matter how busy our lives have been, we all need to take time to reflect on the many things we’re grateful for. Often times, the things we take for granted are simple, plain everyday things that 75 percent of the world doesn’t have: food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep.


When I think back on all the wonderful things that have happened this year, both in my personal life and my business life, I know I am majorly blessed. 2016 was filled with milestones. At the top of my list is my family. I will have been married 26 years, and I have three wonderful children pursuing their passions in life. They are humble, hard-working and caring kids – what more could a parent ask for?! My wife and I are now empty-nesters and we are loving every minute of it (although we do miss the kids!).


At work, I’m grateful for the completion of the Ash Skyline Plaza … but really, I’m most grateful for the people who helped make it happen, and the people who continue to make it a center of inspiration, innovation and growth.


It’s impossible to list everyone, but I’d like to express my deepest appreciation for many, many people this year.

  • Everyone who made the Ash Skyline Plaza possible – our friends at Weigand Construction, MSKTD, city government officials and employees, the building tenants, and so many other partners who believed in our vision
  • The Fort Wayne community, especially the downtown community, for welcoming us with open arms
  • Our friends and partners in the insurance industry – for believing in us, for supporting us, and for inspiring us to create this space for a brighter future, enabling us to protect more individuals, families and businesses across the country
  • The entire Ash Brokerage family, working in Fort Wayne and across the country, for helping make this dream a reality. For making this a wonderful place to come to work. For making this building a true home we can enjoy together.


I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing community and industry … this year and every year. I couldn’t think of anything I would rather be doing than working with such incredible people. Thank you for giving me that chance to be a part of your lives.


May the season ahead bring you great joy and many fun times, surrounded by family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!


About the Author

Tim Ash is known as a visionary in the financial services community. He is an industry leader who envisions a future where insurance is easy, affordable and an essential part of a sound financial plan. As CEO of Ash Brokerage, Tim has fostered an environment of success with team-focused empowerment and client-centered service. He has built a culture where people not only believe in what they do, but more importantly, they understand the reason behind their efforts. Everyone at Ash Brokerage knows their work makes a difference — in the lives of their clients and their communities.