It’s not a goodbye, but rather ‘see you later’

Posted on Dec 30, 2019 :: Commentary
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

When I moved to Appleton in 1991 to begin working with an insurance startup magazine, I didn’t realize that 28 years later, my life would be changed forever. There have been ups and downs along the way, as well as a few setbacks and many celebrations. But it’s given me the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people, many of whom I now call friends. One of the things I enjoy the most is getting to know someone and to see how I may be able to help them.

In 1995, Brian Rasmussen and I started working together and a friendship soon began. To say that Brian has been a role model to me is an understatement. His contagious enthusiasm, devotion to family and friends and his unwavering Christian faith have provided a constant source of stability for me. And we’ve certainly had our share of fun along the way! From hayrides, to limo rides … it’s been a great ride.

I met Insight co-founder Margaret LeBrun in 2000 when we both worked for the same company. We’ve shared many laughs (and wine!) over the years. I’ll never forget our “Seinfeld” moments and cherish my friendship with both her and her husband Dave. I remember being so jealous when she announced her retirement, but now we both get to sleep in!

To see how Insight has grown over the past 11-plus years is nothing short of astonishing. I treasure each and every one of you that I’ve had the honor of working with and will take so many memories with me. I thank you for your business, your trust in me and for your dedication to Insight. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you and for putting up with me. As emotional as it is for me to say “goodbye,” I also know that it’s really more “see you later.”

Please continue to support and uplift one another. To collaborate and celebrate. To innovate and create. But mostly, be kind and remember that we are not in this alone. As a believer, I know that I’m not
in control and that giving it up to God has taken me so very far in my journey. Thank you so much for being part of it! It has been my absolute privilege to work with you all.

Now … off into the sunset. Literally!

Account executive Wendy Gilbert retired from Insight in December. She is now heading off to warmer climates.