Says recipient of the Ambassador of the Year award
Interviewed by Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
Wayne P. Bruzzese, born in Portland, Oregon, moved to Anderson in the Fifth Grade. A 1978 AHS graduate, Bruzzese provides business signage and marketing consulting services throughout Central Indiana. Whether its billboard communications or vehicle wrapping, Star Bullets steps up your message.
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?
“Many watched the sun set on Madison County with the pullout of the largest employer in the area. Many are still looking for GM or some other company to singularly raise the sun again. A sunrise happens daily. Is Madison County in the midst of a sunrise? Yes, but not daily, however it takes daily commitment to our community to see the sun break the horizon. Growing up in Anderson I’ve watch the heyday of GM and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. I believe Madison County’s sunrise will come from the optimism and commitment of everyone in our community. We can’t count on any one or even just a few to raise the sun. As a business owner, I’ve chosen to grow in Madison County so that we can enjoy the daily warmth of the sunrise.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“’A New Day’” for Madison County is like getting up early to watch the sun rise. We bundled up, and set out in the darkness with little vision, guided only by the light of the moon on our path. Early in the morning you can’t see the stars of our community, but from the moon, clear light is shining through the trees, giving a glimmer of hope. Everything is fresh, but its still night.
Then comes the first peek of light on the horizon. Around this time, we start to notice a very light breeze. The breeze of business growth and new beginnings. The little light by which I can see in front of us is coming from the sunrise, not from the moon. We’re starting to be able to see further. The light is warm. Families and businesses are on the move. Vision of Madison County around me is no longer unimpaired by darkness and negative thinking.
As the bright light of the sun actually breaks the horizon we sense a feeling of well-being and pride in our community. The sun is all the way above the horizon and our darkness and past are seen only in the shadows cast by the bright sun. It’s amazing how much this changes things. It’s a new day.”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“Yes. I hear people talk about the past and how the present is bad in our community. ’Schools are bad, no good paying jobs, government is corrupt, we need to move.’ There may be some truth in what they say, and if we continue to listen to enough of this kind of talk, we too may begin to lose hope in our community. This is why we need to continually surround ourselves with optimistic people that want to build a better Madison County. People and companies that are committed to building a strong, business and family friendly place to grow.”
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“I want to be part of the solution, looking forward, not focusing on the negative aspects of Madison County. In the sign or visual marketing industry, I continue to watch local businesses use out of town companies to meet their needs. Since our start in 2012, we’ve seen growth in sales and clients. For 2016 we anticipate continued growth.”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“When businesses are looking to expand or relocate, there's a reason to choose Madison County. It's our commitment increasing the bottom line, thanks to advantages like the business-friendly environment, a skilled workforce, a strategic location, rich history of innovation and no shortage of properties to accommodate your specific needs.”
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