so this weekend, while i was turning 30 years old, the husband and i were talking about his boss at business wire, grant.
grant is fantastic. the guy loves mal (he calls him “malc”, which makes me laugh) and he takes great care of him in and out of work.
he’s taken us to hang in a box at a d’backs game. he and his family came to our wedding (his daughter watched the babies of guests during the ceremony). he’s taken us out for multiple meals. he even got up early on a saturday morning to come over, and helped mal fix a leaky pipe in our front yard last month. the whole thing was done by the time i got up at 8:30am. and it was august in phoenix. not fun to be outside period, let alone digging a big hole in the rock solid ground.
last month, his wife was diagnosed with colon cancer. she recently underwent major surgery to remove almost 2/3 of her colon. they are waiting to hear on if she will need radiation or chemo or if the surgery got it all.
needless to say, grant has been at her side for all of her doctor’s visits, as well as pre- and post surgery days. being by her side means being out of the office and he is the manager for the phoenix location. everyone in his office has been nothing but supportive. but the best part of this story is that, the support only begins there.
grant became friends with the man who started business wire, lorry lokey. lorry befriended another gentleman who happened to win the nobel prize on cancer about five years ago.
a little while back, grant got a call from the nobel winner and not only had the opportunity to speak with him about his wife’s situation, he was also offered this man’s services for surgery and consultation should grant and his wife need his help.
oh yeah, and if they should need these services, lorry offered to fly grant and his wife to this man on lorry’s private jet and cover all of their travel and medical expenses during their stay.
it gets better.
the managers that are between grant and lorry have all thrown their support behind grant as well. he was told that he can take as much time off as he needs to take care of his wife and none of it will go against his vacation time or paid time off. they also informed him that he needn’t worry about their medical bills because BW will cover their expenses, even if they are more than grant has in his medical expense account.
now, who wants to work at business wire? the line starts here.
treating employees like family is something that most employees only dream about. (btw, BW is a global company with hundreds of employees). when it comes down to it, BW walks the walk.
it is definitely a great model that other companies should follow. that kind of loyalty is rare today and it’s a refreshing story that i wanted to spread.
and being 30? i’m so much more mature than i was 48 hours ago, it’s ridiculous.