I know the beginning of May has been weighing on the minds of all the employees at Shadow-Soft. On May 3rd, 2015 we lost one of the co-founders at Shadow-Soft. Erik was passionate about his family, friends, and business and they were woven together.
James and Erik took a leap of trust when I started my career at Shadow-Soft. They handed over the keys to the operations with the trust that I would make great decisions with the business they had built from their basements. I knew early in my time at Shadow-Soft that I would be the recipient of great encouragement and mentorship.
Erik had the gift of making people feel like family. I remember the day Erik went out of his way to make sure I was included in that club. We had just finished up a partner event and we were enjoying a celebratory drink at the bar. Erik was filled with enthusiasm about the growth of the company and the people we were adding to the team. He said, “Dude! I’m so glad you made the jump to work with us. Thank you for all of your hard work and I look forward to the future”. The thing I cannot accurately describe in this post is the genuine warmth behind those words. It was his special power.
This encounter changed the way I viewed work relationships. I spent the first part of my career maintaining a separation of work life and personal life. Erik helped me realize that the people you spend 40-60 hours a week need to blend into your personal life. He challenged me to find a way to win other’s support and make them feel a part of the family. Erik’s influence helped open my eyes to a way I can be a better person and a better leader.
Erik invested everything into Shadow-Soft including the most important asset…time. Every day I am challenged to take his investment and help contribute to building an amazing company. As we continue to build the company in his honor, I encourage everyone to give towards the Go Fund Me account in support of his beautiful family.