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Re: “Keet defends years in Florida

This is ridiculous! Mr. Keet went to Florida because he was a stakeholder in a restaurant company that was in trouble. The board of directors recruited him to go to Florida to straighten things out. He did this with admirable success. So much so that the company attracted suitors, one of which made such a great offer that the board and other investors decided to sell. How did he turn the company around? He did it by working in every one of the 28 restaurants -- often 15 hours a day which is typical for Mr. Keet. He did every job, even dishwashing. He figured out what was wrong and then he involved the employees in improving the company by setting up taskforces to solve critical issues and reduce unnecessary expenses. Then came training and a crystal clear demonstration of what was expected. Mr. Keet respected and appreciated his employees and not a day went by without him sending a personal note to someone to thank them for a job well done. When it became necessary to close a restaurant, Mr. Keet did not just lock the door and post a notice as many restaurants do. He gave everyone ample notice so they could find other work. And, he personally helped employees find new jobs either within the company or by calling on friends and giving references. The company's main office (the place that generated pay checks for more than 2,500 employees) was flooded by hurricane Ivan, and despite the fact that his own home had been completely destroyed by the storm, he kept the business going and deployed the resources necessary to re-open the office weeks before other downtown Pensacola businesses recovered. There were several hurricanes in Florida that year and Mr. Keet gave away thousands of dollars worth of free meal vouchers in the devastated areas. When he wanted to start a business with his sons, he didn't do it in Florida, he came home to Arkansas. All the knitpicking BS in these posts is exactly what I hate about the political process. You are taking shots at a really good, honest man who always tries to do the right thing. A man who cares deeply for people and who is absolutely committed to God, his family and the state of Arkansas. I'm sure Mr. Keet understands the political process and is probably taking all this in stride. But it makes me sick to the point of not being able to stop myself from writing this post -- something I have never done before. It is obvious you don't know the person you are slinging at because if you did, you wouldn't do it.

Posted by dandpepper on 08/26/2010 at 6:04 PM


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