By: Chris Triplett, Gamma Sigma ‘09
Thursday, May 17, 2012
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! The stage is finally complete and looks like the crew from Extreme Home Makeover came in and dominated a renovation. Days like today remind me of the extreme talent, dedication, and drive of the Brothers in Phi Sigma Pi. Collaboration is a key to success, and the 2012 Houston ABP Corps members are experts in that field.
In other news, I have become a huge fan of our van rides. Singing songs at the top of our lungs, telling random stories, and sharing our experiences have bonded us together in a way that is not quick to be broken. Today was no different and I must say that we have quite a few musically inclined Brothers on our team.
Now, I have to give a shout-out to Director of Expansion and Houston Team Leader Ryan DeGuzman. Getting to know Ryan over the past 3 years both personally and professionally has been a true privilege. This guy is one of the most honest and hard-working people that I have ever met and a true pleasure to be around. I think the entire team really got to see Ryan’s true colors today. Not only did we get to sing “Don’t Stop Believin” to him as he pumped gas, but we also got to experience a signature Ryan “giggle-fit” (if you have never witnessed this, you need to obviously hang out with Ryan more often). It is the small things that Ryan does on a consistent basis that brighten the lives of everyone he comes in contact with and make an impact that reaches far beyond what anyone, probably even including Ryan, could ever imagine.
I am looking forward to the next few days in Houston. Tomorrow we unveil our project to the students and see their faces light up when they realize that this is their new toy that they get to enjoy. The mantra “for the kids” is going to live up to its hype tomorrow when the smiles and excitement show on their faces. On that note, I am blessed to be a part of this group of leaders and I would not trade this experience for anything.
Gamma Sigma ’09, Former Region/Senior Region Consultant