I put off sending this email as long as I could, but wanted to express some of my thoughts and feelings before I left. First of all, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the kind tidings of encouragement and well-wishes along with expressions of regret that I’ll be gone as I’ve prepared to leave. It is truly touching and means a lot to me. I’m going to miss all of you.
I especially want to thank Aaron and Mrs. Bosshardt for taking me in after budget cuts where I was working at the University of Florida in 2011 left me unemployed in the midst of planning to marry Sarah that October. AB and I have been friends for over 20 years, and it is in times of need that true character is exposed.
Ashley was kind enough to make me a part of her team, and it was inspiring to work alongside with and see how dedicated and hard-working everyone in Bosshardt Property Management is. Ashley, Daisy, Lanea, Sarah, Beverly, Karen, Joe, Allyson, Sandy, Jeanie, Tracey, Natram, Peter, Summer and Jim have and do put in long hours.
I was then able to work as Maintenance Coordinator with Sandy, Ken and Gene and see the time and effort they put in (which has now paid off with the expansion and resurgence of the department) while learning even more. Sandy especially served as both mentor, friend, buffer and partner during my time in Property Management, Maintenance and even today.
Finally, earlier this year, I began working over here in Realty, and thoroughly enjoyed my time both assisting realtors and customers calling in while getting to know and enjoy Carmen, Corky, Teresa, Marlene, Sharon, Carol, Jonathan and Gene Anne. Debra and I especially have gotten along famously, and I probably won’t find another coworker again with whom I share such arcane knowledge and appreciation of movies and humor. It was a challenge trying to briefly live up to the golden standard at the front desk that Carmen and Debra created, but I had a good time getting to know each of you and try to present a smiling, interested ear and face each day.
During my time here, I feel like I’ve added a personal touch and empathy in my dealings with coworkers, tenants, vendors, owners, customers and all of you, and I hope that I’ve helped to maintain the high regard that Bosshardt enjoys in the community. I try to put myself in the shoes of everyone who calls, and that has been right in line with the way things are done around here. I have had the unique opportunity to see many different aspects of the company and its employees and I want to encourage everyone to continue to live up to its ideals.
For those of you who have asked where I’ll be going and what I’ll be doing: I’ll be working in the UF Hematology/Oncology Infusion Center at Shands as an Oncology Service Specialist, which means I’ll help coordinate between patients, nurses, physicians and the insurance companies as people receive treatment and also undergo chemotherapy. It’s a great opportunity for my wife Sarah and I as well as our 6-month-old Ellana that I couldn’t pass up, but as I said, I’ll definitely miss all of you.
I’ll definitely keep up with y’all and send pictures along as I go.
Malik you will be missed. We wish you a path full of joy and all the best on your new journey.