Comstock's magazine 1118 - November 2018 - Page 68

n LEADERSHIP DISASTER Over a long holiday weekend, a water line from a newly installed “insta hot” water heater blew. The LEED Gold Certified, highly secured, Class A office building was now heavily dam- aged. Water traveled from the second floor to the first and into a highly secured file record storage room and a total of 52 employees were impacted. The building and the business property needed immediate attention and restoration. RESPONSE The leadership of Denise A. Purrier and the management team of Nelson Properties, Inc. had the foresight to engage with Pinnacle prior to the emergency with an Emergency Response Agreement. The call was made and Pinnacle immediately responded to: • Evaluate the extent of damage and begin relocation of employees, IT systems and minimize business interruption. • Employ state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained technicians to manage the nec- essary work prior to reconstruction. • Implement a multi-layered strategy of communication to ensure all parties involved (6 managers, 52 employees, building owner, Nelson Management, contractors, inspec- tors and insurance representatives) maintained a cohesive plan to repair. Within 36 hours, 52 employees were relocated within the building and no business was lost. If you need professional, responsible management for your buildings, contact Denise A. Purrier of Nelson Properties, Inc. at 916-635-4300. If you need to discuss emergency property response, contact Leo Grover of Pinnacle at 916-371-7431. “It was magical how everything fell together . . . Pinnacle has proven themselves over and over.” — Denise A. Purrier, President of Nelson Properties, Inc. Pinnacle Emergency Management 916.371.7431 | Before a crisis or disaster hits, call Pinnacle for a free evaluation of your company’s needs. CSL#897165 68 | November 2018 his penchant for beach-reading the economic treatises? I only knew about this from my leisure reading of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, and this little nugget, in turn, gave me the idea for writing the book Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life, which was the biggest break in my career. Or a better example: While on vacation in Mexico, an artist took a break from his work and also cracked open Chernow’s bi- ography. This artist was Lin-Manuel Miranda, who would go on to create the global hit musical “Hamilton.” Books, of course, are their own re- ward. Perhaps they shouldn’t be jus- tified, rationalized or demeaned with an ROI. Books are part of what makes us human, and at the end of the day, books provide the ultimate escape. State Librarian of California Greg Lucas says, “Reading allows me to see broader vistas, make connections between seemingly disparate things, see issues from someone else’s point of view.” Decades ago, a friend intro- duced him to science fiction, shov- ing him some books by Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and Ray Bradbury. “Hey man,” his friend told him, “when things get weird, go to Mars.” n You can find Jeff Wilser on GoodReads. com, where he keeps track of the books he’s reading in the site’s annual Reading Challenge. (This year, he’s still 12 books behind, but insists he’ll catch up by December 31.)