Bluewater thrives on on a healthy, culture-driven work environment and our staff has everything to do with it. Whether an employee is here for a few months or a few decades, they will always remain a part of the Bluewater family. Our employees’ commitment to us is something we value whole-heartedly. And while it’s sad to see people go, we are grateful that they chose us to be part of their journey.
Mike Silverstein, an Account Manager and Inside Salesperson in our Grand Rapids office, is retiring from Bluewater today. We will surely miss him and his dedication to the company. After 14 years and countless memories, it is time to say goodbye. Thank you for all of your hard work and enthusiasm over the years, Mike, we wish you all the best in your retirement!
Hi I’m Mike Silverstein and I am currently an Account Manager and Inside Salesperson in the Grand Rapids office, and I’ve been with this office for 14 years. By the time I got to Bluewater in 2004 I was getting older, not old, but getting older, and my vision and my hope was that this would be the last place I’d work until I retired. I had fulfilled every wish that I had and objective that I had in the broadcast industry and I knew the industry changed and it wasn’t the industry that I started in, so I had no wish to go back, but I was hoping that I could stay here long enough to finally say to my family and friends and myself that I finally got a chance to retire from a company that I really love working for at the end of my working career and this is where I found it.
I’ve given the thought about what I’m gonna do in my retirement quite a bit of thought. First two weeks, my plan is to do absolutely nothing. I’ve already started thinking about the organizations that I want to give my time to. My wife will continue to work for as long as she wants to, and in that time I’m going to take charge of the house. I get to cook meals again which is going to be kinda fun for me to do and to get out and enjoy the fresh air we have until the time that the air becomes very frigid and cold.
You never know where your life path is going to take. If you need to step out a little bit and try something different it may lead you to something else completely. Don’t be afraid to take chances, don’t be afraid to try something different. I mean, I got a degree in Television/Radio Arts and I’m leaving as an Account Manager for a company that helps sell experiences to people. My experience here, I’ve always been involved in communications so I never really went out of the realm of what I got my degree in. I just took different paths to get here, and it’s been an enjoyable ride in the learning aspect and, so, take a chance, you know, if you don’t like it you can always get back to do what you really like to do. That chance may lead you down a road that you never experienced before and actually may, will help you be better.
The thing that I’ll really miss the most is the friendships I have here. There are a lot of people in the Southfield office and now Farmington Hills and the offices we’ve got remotely of people that I’ve built solid friendships with that I’m gonna miss the most. Not the work a day, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to not having to do that. But just the people I’ve become friends with and close with, that’s what I’m gonna miss the most of.
Thanks guys, it’s been a hell of a ride. You’ve helped me grow as an individual and I’ll be forever grateful for that, so thank you.