New board member John Meilink has had family at the forefront of his professional career ever since his first job, where he had the privilege of working for his father. Today, John is the fourth generation owner at 1905 New Media.
Tell us more about your first job.
I immersed myself in the family business at Thomson Printing. This experience not only laid the foundation for my understanding of the industry but also instilled in me the values of hard work, dedication, and the importance of fostering meaningful relationships with clients. Those early days at Thomson Printing were invaluable, shaping my approach to the business world and setting the stage for the path I would carve out in the years to come.
What’s something new you’ve learned this year?
Over time, I’ve come to appreciate the vital lesson of empowering my team as a leader and providing them with the tools and support they need to excel. Recognizing that success is not solely about my individual efforts but about the collective strengths of the team has been transformative. Learning to delegate effectively, trust in their capabilities, and create an environment where their skills can shine has been an ongoing journey. It’s in enabling their growth that I’ve witnessed the true potential of collaboration and achieved remarkable outcomes.
What is your favorite quote, passage, or proverb?
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
Why did you choose to be part of the Good Shepherd board?
I joined the Good Shepherd board because I believe in the organization’s mission and its dedication to making a positive impact in the community. I saw an opportunity to contribute my skills and experience in scaling a business to help further their cause. I’m excited about the potential to collaborate with like-minded individuals and make a meaningful difference.
What makes Good Shepherd uniquely positioned to help children and families?
Good Shepherd’s unique positioning in providing support to children and families stems from its holistic approach, extensive experience and comprehensive range of services.