Recently many from the A/E/C community came together at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market to celebrate Cuhaci & Peterson’s former President, Jed Downs. After 37 years with the firm, Jed has stepped into an advisory role and will hold the title of President Emeritus. Moving forward he’ll focus on some of the things that he is most passionate about, which are mentorship, continuing to expand the firm’s role in community involvement, and assisting our sales force with select client relationships.
There was an exuberance about the evening, as guests enjoyed catered hors d’oeuvres, sipped on cocktails and enjoyed each other’s company. The golf-themed event had touches of one of Jed’s favorite past times throughout the venue, with a putting green for guests to try their hand at, a cake congratulating Jed fore everything he has done, adorned in a C&P logoed golf cart, as well as a golf-themed photo for guests to sign and celebratory favors glasses.
As much as Jed’s new role was touched on at the celebration, the focal point was honoring the man that Jed is, the lives he’s touched and the many achievements both in his own career and on behalf of the firm during his time at C&P. In addition to the potpourri of friends, family, employees (past and present) and clients that filled the venue, the tremendous impact that Jed has had became even more crystal clear as industry notables John Crossman of Crossman & Company and Craig Buchanan of Windcrest Development took the mic.
Shortly after hearing from them, C&P CEO Greg Simpson said a few words about Jed; many that have been at the firm for a while know that anytime Jed has been asked what advice he has followed or might give to someone in business his typical response was “Plan you work and work you plan”, a piece of wisdom attributed to his grandfather. A custom wooden sign with this phrase engraved on it was presented to Jed to help decorate his new office. Also, in keeping with the golf theme and acknowledging the numerous achievements that come with a nearly four-decade tenure, a second piece which read, “In golf as in life it is the follow-through that makes the difference” was presented, as Greg noted, “Clearly Jed was focused on the follow-through.” He went on to lead a toast to Jed, after sharing a little bit of the story of how he came to be part of the firm and his ascension from draftsman to president. As everyone toasted, the smiles were plentiful and the camaraderie was unmistakable. The relationships forged over the years aren’t something that can be defined in one evening, but the sentiment of the room was unmistakable.