Giving Thanks as Business Owners



It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since we started Tromba Technologies. Being an owner, founder, and partner of Tromba Technologies is one of the greatest things to happen in my career. The opportunity to be a business owner has provided great satisfaction and pleasure, knowing that all the hard work and long hours directly built my dream and provided more control over that outcome. It has also provided personal growth through many challenges that pushed me outside of my comfort zone and generated countless opportunities and memories along the way. Don’t get me wrong. It is easy to find things to complain about when it comes to owning a business. Just like everything in life, it has its ups and downs and pros and cons, but never give up because you only fail when you stop trying. My biggest takeaway from my time as a business owner is learning to live life with gratitude and being thankful every day for family, friends, opportunities, and the things life has given us. Thinking about this, I wanted to provide a few things I am thankful for this holiday season.

I am thankful for my business partner and everyone that has worked with us and helped us become successful.

I am thankful for the numerous acquaintances I have made over the years and all the customers and vendors I consider friends.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to pursue my dreams.

I am thankful to live in a country that offers a tremendous opportunity to anyone who chooses to go out and chase it.

I am thankful for our freedom and all those who have given so much so we can enjoy it.

And one final thing, I am thankful for being part of Tromba Technologies, which has provided a path to my early retirement. This will be my last year with Tromba, and I will be retiring at the end of December 2022.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you can spend some time thinking about all of the things you are thankful for.

Steve Gay



I honestly cannot believe that it has been 20 years since I was motivated to step out and start a business. I never thought about owning a business. I just knew that I wanted to help other businesses using my skills and building business relationships the same ways that I built my personal relationships. I wanted to build business handshakes built on trust and honesty. Being a founder and partner of Tromba Technologies, Inc. is the fruit of that dream I had 20 years ago.

I have to say that I have learned a lot over the last 20 years and I expect the next 20 years to teach me a lot as well. I could not have achieved this success without my Business Partner, Steve Gay, the team at Tromba, our customers, and our vendor partners. With every passing year, I learned a lot and grew, my faith in God deepened, and I grew to appreciate more the accomplishments within Tromba, my customers, and my family. The joy is worth the struggles! There is so much that I can say about what I have learned over the last 20 years growing and building Tromba.

Having the chance to reflect this year on all of the struggles and triumphs over the last 20 years, I am humbled and thankful. I am thankful my wife supported my dream of running a business even though it didn’t look like a good time to start a company. Thank you, Annette! 😊 I am thankful for my business partner, who was willing to do all the paperwork, so I didn’t have to! Thank you, Steve! 😊 I am thankful to the team at Tromba for putting up with me pushing all the time. Thank you, team Tromba! I thank our vendor partners for making the start and growing our business relationships easy! I am thankful for all our customers! Without each one of our customers, it would have simply stayed a dream and never become real. Thank you!!

Personally, I am thankful to have had the opportunity to start a business and pursue my dream of building business relationships. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to build friendships and make acquaintances over the years that I just simply would not have had the opportunity to do so. I enjoy that many customer and vendor relationships can be categorized as friends. I am thankful to live in a nation that does give anyone the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Over this year, we at Tromba will be posting more about our 20th Anniversary. It may be “sappy,” but it is as real as we are. We will be reflecting on all that we have accomplished over the last 20 years. But it’s not over or the end. It is the beginning. We are looking forward to the next 20 years building more success and memories year after year.

This season, around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I encourage everyone to take some time and think about things you are grateful for and that bring you joy.

Happy Thanksgiving

Robert Kullmer