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Posted by Eugénie | January 28th, 2011 | Filed under Who We Are



Hal is the best.

He is the best boss. The best creative. The best at communicating a brand.

He is the best listener and also the best teacher.

He is the best at showing up at work with a knatty head of hair. The best at chewing on his glasses when he’s lost in thought. The best at scribbling his ideas out on crumpled paper napkins. The best at distilling 18 paragraphs down to the most important 3 words. The best at flying in the face of convention, giving convention the bird, and moving on to what matters more (truth). And the best – the very best – at leaving parties with his Irish goodbye.

And he is also the brightest. Because today is his last day of work managing our band of crazybirds at Nau, and he’s going off to the high desert with his beautiful wife to play.

Oh Hal. Always the smartest in the room. Thank you for all of it. We miss you already.

11 Responses to “Hal”

  • January 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Jamie Coughlin says

    Bye, bye Hal! Thanks for the warm welcome at Nau. Have fun on your new life adventure and enjoy the sunshine!!

  • January 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm | josie says

    Last night we celebrated with Hal at Le Happy, at the very same table we sat at over four years ago during our weekly blog meetings. While this gathering was bittersweet, we found comfort knowing that Hal is part of Nau’s DNA and his influence on all things Nau will live on forever. While he’s bee keeping, fly fishing, climbing Mokey Face, paddling and playing in the sun, we’ll be here asking eachother “What would Hal do?”. Thank you Hal, it’s been a genuine privilege working with you and being your friend over the last 4 years. I hope your couch is big and comfortable because we’re coming to visit…. often.

  • January 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | kate says

    selfishly, I will miss working with you daily and enjoying your frequent home-stay visits.
    enviously. I will watch as you exhale and expand into your simplified life.
    happily, I will celebrate with you how wonderful is the transformation and meet you anywhere in the world.
    I take slightly wicked comfort knowing we hold a piece of your soul hostage because we have the pacific ocean lapping at our front door.
    so, I know when you need a stand-up or outrigger fix you’ll come back to take up residence in what will always be hal’s room downstairs.

  • January 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reb says

    Hal, I am raising a toast to you and wishing you, Darcy and Luther a future filled with love, health and lots of playtime. Congratulations on your moving into this next wonderful stage of your life.

  • January 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Steve says

    HAL’s well that ends well; still the fine’s the crown;
    Whate’er the course, HAL is the renown.

  • January 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Deborah says

    Congratulations, Hal and Darcy, for relocating to browner pastures! Here comes the sun!

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | peter says

    To quote a really creepy paper delivery guy in our neighbor as a kid.
    ” Don’t say good-bye,,,, say,,,, see ya later” .
    I never really digested these words as anything other then odd coming from the source, but today Richard the newspaper guy/mystic words of wisdom ring true.
    It is not good bye, but truly , “see ya later” as that will be the case with you and Darcy !
    You are both a big smile in my life, and our paths will always cross.

    cheers my friend, to all that unfolds.

  • January 31, 2011 at 1:25 am | Mark says

    May the road rise up to meet you…
    May the wind be always at your back…
    May the sun shine brightly, the pow rise up beneath your skis, and a smile rest permanently upon your face…

    un abrazo Hal!

  • February 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | luscious says

    “i wuv you this much” (arms out stretched, and wearing a weird grey robe-like dress)

  • February 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm | gig says

    I always appreciated your positive influence as we guided ourselves down the face of “who we are”. You spoke with confidence and passion and always helped in our quest. Be well my friend and would love to have you glide some emerald green gems with me down in my neck of the woods. Enjoy, reflect and be well:::::::::::::::::gig

  • February 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Ian says

    Your indelible imprint is all over Nau.
    It wouldn’t be what it was, or is, without you.
    Take pride in that and enjoy the next step of your journey.

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