My experience within the EDPA over the years has been filled with interactions with owners and industry partners that are dealing with the same issues that we have. I found that there are ways to look critically at what we are doing and evaluating whether we indeed are heading in the right direction. The interactions with fellow EDPA business owners has helped me focus on my contributions to the company and helped me understand that I needed to do a better job of thinking strategically, elevating team members and disseminating information faster. Often times, when on the fence regarding major strategic investments or changes, such as accounting systems or capital investment in a new CNC router, I have sought out the friends that I met at EDPA for direction and guidance. These friends have provided invaluable information and insight as to what I should do and what I should consider. Additionally, the ever evolving and expanding challenges associated with the tax related issues provides further opportunity for consultation in facilitating a better understanding of the challenges that we are all facing. In addition to expanding my professional understanding of the industry and expertise, I have also been exposed to really great people that know and understand our industry and this allows for common ground and easy conversation. It is comforting to know that others are out there, like me, fighting the battle and in the process making friendships that I trust will endure a lifetime. That’s my experience the EDPA way!