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Summary: Founder of The Understanding Group Bob Royce is thankful for his fantastic team of information architects and the clients they serve.

Tomorrow we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving here in the United States and as I reflect on the past year, I truly have much to be thankful for both personally and professionally.

Though I’ve failed to lose the ten pounds I’ve targeted, I am healthy and so is my immediate family. In a world of turmoil, we live at peace here in Michigan, surrounded by the world’s largest supply of fresh water. For all this and more, I am thankful.

Professionally, I’m thankful to have an excellent business partner, Dan Klyn, who is both brilliant and steadily upbeat. We have a fantastic team of employees—Andrew, Dan, Daniel, Dave, Jessica, Joe, Kaarin, Kris, Paul—and we’re regularly thankful for that they have thrown their hat in the ring with us to build an information architecture practice in a world where that was thought to be passé. We’ve also had the honor to work with awesome group of associates that bring their focused expertise to our clients. Thank you Abby, Andrej, Bob, Boon, Brad, Brian, Daniel, Heath (and team), James, Mike, Peter, Rachel, Stratton, Susan, and Tom.

I’m thankful that we’ve been able to serve so many great customers. Thank you Adoption Associates, American Concrete Institute, ASAPS, Capital Area District Library, Carbone Smolan Agency, City of Ann Arbor, DirecTV, Element79, Enlighten, General Assembly, Herman Miller, Image Group, I Like, Internet2, Image Group, Ithaka Harbors, KORE, Macy’s, Mastery Technologies, Marin Community Foundation, Metro Health, Michigan Awesome, Rob Bell, Sequel Studios, Techstreet Thomson Reuters, uBloom, The University of Michigan, Visual Alchemy and Wolters Kluwer.

It’s been an honor to be of service to you!

Throughout all of this, the combination of my teams’ diligence and expertise and our customers’ willingness to let us help them has produced an environment rich in friendship and good will—a place where we can all work to become more human in the best sense of the word.

For this I am truly thankful.



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