Thankful at 30
Message from Damon Hininger, CCA president and CEO
Dear CCA Team,
We've come a long way.
Today we celebrate CCA's official 30th birthday and our anniversary theme, Thankful at 30: Our People, Our Passion, Our Partnerships, couldn't be more fitting because we have so very much to be thankful for as a company. As I reflect on our three decades in business, I'd like to share with you a few of the reasons why I'm thankful.
First, I'm thankful for you – the people who work hard each day to make CCA great. You've made this milestone possible and I truly appreciate your deep commitment to what we do. No matter what your position in the company – be it in security, medical, education or another area – you make a difference in so many ways.
Also, I've been thinking about the dozens of employees I've had the pleasure of working with over the past 20 years. I see their faces in my mind and I think about their efforts, the late hours they worked, the time they spent traveling. Many of these individuals are now enjoying retirement. I'm so thankful for their contributions; they helped us get to where we are today and we stand on their shoulders.
These folks were driven by a unique passion – a strong belief in the value of what we do. They had an enduring sense of duty toward our partners, our communities, and the men and women in our care. I'm thankful that this passion continues to drive and inspire us today.
I'm also thankful for our government partners. Our relationships with some of them go back to the 1980s. They've been with us since we were just an idea on paper. Some of these partners took a big leap when they decided to work with us; it probably was not politically viable for some of them but they had great confidence in our founders and now we have strong, thriving relationships with those folks.
I'm thankful for valued supporters like our investors. Every once in a while, I meet someone who tells me they were one of CCA's first investors. I appreciate those folks because they, too, took a big leap. They didn't know if our business was a passing fad or if it would turn out to be a long-term company.
As we celebrate CCA's 30th Anniversary together throughout this year, I hope you'll join me in reflecting on the many reasons we have to be thankful. Please add a comment to share your thoughts. I'd love to hear from you.
Whether you've been with the company for a decade or a month, I hope you'll embrace this special moment in our history as a milestone that belongs to all of us. I'm so proud to celebrate this time with all of you.
January 28, 2013