Do you recognize any of these stories:
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Lion and the Mouse
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
For generations, these titles and scores of others have been synonymous with the best in the timeless literature of childhood. Although he was probably as mythical as the tales attributed to him, the legendary name of Aesop and the Aesop Fables has been associated for thousands of years with an endearingly popular collection of enchanting fables.
One such fable is “The Ass and his Purchaser.” So that none of my more sensitive readers take offense, as well as being completely PC (Lord have mercy), please interject “donkey” is lieu of ass if you find that distracting.
Here is the crux of this fable – A man who wanted to buy an ass went to market, and, coming across a likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should be allowed to take him home on trial to see what he was like. When he reached home, he put him into his stable along with the other asses. The newcomer took a look round, and immediately went and chose a place next to the laziest and greediest beast in the stable. When the master saw this he put a halter on him at once, and led him off and handed him over to his owner again. The latter was a good deal surprised to see him back so soon, and said, “Why, do you mean to say you have tested him already?” “I don’t want to put him through any more tests,” replied the other. “I could see what sort of beast he is from the companion he chose for himself.”
MORAL: “A man is known by the company he keeps.”
We could take this fable to head down lots of rabbit trails as to the application of this story, but for today, I want to share with you some of the “company” that we are keeping at eSPACE/Cool Solutions Group. Below is just a small sampling of organizations that use eSPACE to assist them in being proactive and intentional with their Facility Stewardship, Facility Management, Event Scheduling and Energy savings:
Bellevue Baptist, Memphis, TN is in the top 25 largest Southern Baptist churches and was ranked the 66th largest churches in America by Outreach Magazine. They have a physical campus of over 750,000 SF. WOW!!! That is over 17 acres of buildings! Can you image trying to manage that much square footage on a paper calendar or track work orders on post-it Notes
Wayne United Methodist Church, Wayne PA has been serving the community of Wayne since 1890. This mid-200 member church is a prime example of the fact that the size of the church body or the facility does not determine the need for proactive Facility Stewardship. Our team is honored to partner with Wayne UMC and other similar sized churches across the country.
City of Orlando, Orlando, FL – For over 5 years, the City of Orland’s Parking Department has relied on our Work Order system to manage work orders and preventive/scheduled maintenance of all of the city owned and operated parking garages and surface parking lots. What a great idea!!!
Edmond Town Hall, Newton, CT has served as the heart and center of the community by providing residents with space for governmental services, family entertainment through its theater, sports opportunities in its gymnasium, and elegant space rentals to help residents and neighbors gather for civic, social or celebratory life events and milestones.
Church of the Resurrection, Greater Kansas City is the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States, with a membership of over 20,000 and average weekly attendance for all campuses of 11,000 people.
Savannah Christian Church, Savannah, GA is one of the largest churches in the Restoration Movement of the Christian Church. With over 5 locations they continue to be ranked as the 53rd largest church in America.
The Highlands School, Irving, TX is a pre-K3 through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school. They use the eSPACE Event Scheduler to manage the use of their 35 acre campus.
White Barn Estates, Stillwater, OK is a sophisticated, community in the heart of Stillwater consisting of 360 duplexes, spectacular common areas and views of the greens of the Golf Course and Ponds.
Cross Church, Springdale, AR is the 14th largest Southern Baptist church with multiple locations. Lead by Dr. Ronnie Floyd who is also the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and prolific author of several books including his most recent – “Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders”
Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC has been one of the fastest growing churches since its inception 10 years ago. Today they have 11 campuses with about 20,000 people.
Seacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC –With over 14 campuses, they are a clear leader in the Multisite Church movement
Venture Church, Los Gatos, CA is led by Pastor Chip Ingram, who may be best known for his daily radio program “Living On The Edge” that is heard all across the country and even internationally.
Mt Vernon Presbyterian School, Atlanta, GA utilizes eSPACE to manage their incredibly active campus and over 930 students daily.
If the fable is correct, and a man (and/or organization) can be known by the company they keep…then I would say we are in very good company. Why don’t you come hang out with us…you will be in good company!