Press Release – Examiner – Evaluate and Stay Focused

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Evaluate and stay focused<SATURDAY, May 03, 2008Saturday, December 26, 2008I’ve been thinking about Lifesaver’s Story Books this holiday season. Growing up, the book-like packages of differently flavored candies were a Christmas stocking staple.Early on, I’d go straight for the Mixed Fruit rolls. During middle school, I developed a taste…

Press Release – Examiner – Keep on Investing in People

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Keep on investing in people<SATURDAY, May 03, 2008Saturday, December 12, 2008It’s time to set the record straight: The world isn’t coming to an end. You might think otherwise if certain nonprofit organizations were your only source of information.One hospital canceled its campaign for fear its donors would stop giving.…

Press Release – Examiner – Make a Habit

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Make a habit of philanthropy<SATURDAY, May 03, 2008Saturday, October 3, 2008I rarely read airline magazines. There’s always a briefcase of work to keep me busy while traveling from point to point.Until earlier this week.  A first-row seat on a flight from Harrisburg, Penn., to Detroit kept my bag in an…

Press Release – Examiner – Earning, Saving, Teaching

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Earning, saving, teaching<SATURDAY, May 03, 2008Saturday, November 14, 2008We entered a new era last weekend.On Saturday, Kate and I introduced a work and reward system to our kids. Now, after completing weekly chores, they receive allowances.I’ve wanted to take the step for several years and was sure our plan…

Press Release – Examiner – Cherish Role Models

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Cherish your role models<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, October 18, 2008I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my mentors. The reminiscing started last month in Columbia, Mo.Kate and I returned to campus for the Missouri School of Journalism centennial celebration. We met there in 1987, received our bachelors of journalism four…

Press Release – Examiner – The vote becomes our voice

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  The vote becomes our voice<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, November 1, 2008Take it easy this weekend. Tuesday’s a big day.That’s when we choose our next president. Hanging in the balance are a deflated economy and a skittish stock market. We’re at war, and more Americans than ever say they lack confidence…

Press Release – Examiner – Need for Giving

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  The need for giving endures<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, September 20, 2008The economy’s tightening. Signs are everywhere.After topping $4 earlier this summer, Eastern Jackson County gas prices continue to hover around $3.50. Homes are selling slowly. Loans are hard to come by. And earlier this week, the sale of Merrill Lynch…

Press Release – Examiner – Remember and Learn

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Take a moment to remember and learn<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, September 6, 2008You’d think I’d have learned by now that the purpose of Labor Day is to take a break from one’s labor. You’d be wrong if you did. Joe and I spent a good part of the three-day weekend…

Press Release – Examiner – Society Sacrifices

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Society’s sacrifices pay off<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, August 22, 2008It’s my turn to join the long line of writers who’ve penned their thoughts about the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The action-filled days since the Aug. 8 opening ceremony have delivered plenty of great performances. U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, whose…

Press Release – Examiner – Teachers

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Teachers help mold our lives<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, August 9, 2008It’s hard to believe summer’s coming to an end. Wasn’t it just last week that the kids bounded home from school giddy over their sweet slice of freedom?So it is with many things long-awaited. They go as quickly as they…