Biz: Tell us your best advice regarding being business, romantic and life partners.
McQuearys: Having shared passions and vision is a core piece in the makeup of our relationship. We have been given so much, and we want to use those resources to make our city a better place.
We find we are the perfect sounding board for each other, because there is no one who knows you better and more completely understands all of the background perspective and your personal communication style than this person you share your life with.
We do make a point to turn off business mode when we are parenting and sharing home life.
McElvaines: We are just two imperfect people with our own unique talents who have never given up on each other and always believed that with good decisions and hard work, things work out.
There are functions that Rick is uniquely good at, and Jane has her unique gifts as well. As long as each respects the other's responsibilities and "stays in their own lane," things go well.
The fact that we have built this business together, have fought through adversities together and celebrated wins together is an amazing source of satisfaction for us both.
Garards: You have to value and respect the unique skills that each spouse brings to the table. Defining roles is critical to success. We are both talented in different areas, and we continue to learn how to respect and value those in each other.
I think that, as a couple, we are still learning and growing as business partners. It is not always perfect, and sometimes it is even messy, but we are committed to making it a great business and work environment.