by Lesley Gold
This is a love story. An unlikely love story. I fell for the wrong person, moved to the crazy part of the country (ask anyone on the East Coast), and dove headfirst into the boom right when it all went bust.
When I started dating my husband Scott, people used to ask if my parents minded that Scott wasn’t Jewish. I’d reply: “He’s in the middle of a divorce, has three kids, is almost ten years older than me, and he’s from Texas. The Jew thing hasn’t even made the list.” Scott was definitely not a fan favorite among my family or friends. He was not the obvious choice for the next rung on the ladder of my life. Betting odds were against us getting married.
We even tried breaking up, only to end up back together. And in the process, we realized that even if other people didn’t believe in us, something much more important was true: we believed in each other.
Six months after the wedding, we started our own business – SutherlandGold Communications. And eleven years later, we still hear the same response every time we meet someone new, “I can’t believe you two work together. I could never work with my spouse.”
Marriage is hard. Building a business is hard. Applying logic to this, should result in the equation that hard + hard = harder. Fortunately, I have never been much of a mathematician. For all of our married life, Scott and I have worked side by side, drove to work together, and even shared an office together, until recently. Running a business can be equal parts exhausting and exhilarating – and ours has been no exception. There are days you can’t get out of bed and days you never go to bed. There are times when you think that you are the smartest person on the planet and days when you’re racked with self-doubt. There are days when you ask yourself “why am I doing this?”
And every day you come back to yourself with this answer: “You’re doing this because you’re a believer. You believe you can change the world. You believe that what you do, you do better than anyone else.”
Scott believed in me. In turn, he has converted me into a believer. Together, we have built a business that I believe in and am committed to. I believe that every day I can do better on behalf of my employees, my clients, and myself. Every day, I believe that I can push myself – and my team – to be better than we were the day before, to achieve the next in a never-ending series of audacious goals.
Scott and I will always be partners. But a few months from now, I will take the helm on my own as CEO of SutherlandGold. For the first time in our history, I will run this company without him. Thankfully, I have a tremendous team filled with the drive, dreams, and commitment that make good companies great.
While Scott may no longer be with the company, I know he will always be my side, and in my corner. Through some serious ups and serious downs over the past 11 years, we’ve accomplished some great things together. The greatest accomplishment of all has been our two children Tucker and Lila. Their sheer awesomeness overwhelms us every day.
Scott’s next venture (more on that later) will ensure that there is always a Sutherland and a Gold tending to the things that matter to us most. Scott will now have more time with Tucker and Lila to cheer them on, laugh with them, splash with them, hug them, yell at them (sparingly, but as needed) and all-out enjoy them on a daily basis.
I’m sure the next few years will bring many new accomplishments and surprises for both of us. For now, I take great pride in proving the naysayers wrong. We have and always will have a great love story. Thank you, Scott, for believing.