Feb Gratitude Continued. My 1st professional job in college was with Associates Leasing (a div of Ford and a company that has been gobbled up by mergers). At an early age, I was so blessed to work for dynamic leaders that didn’t see me as a kid, but as a professional that they took the time to mentor me! Patrick Staudt, Jay Fahrendorff, and John Simon – my now Father-in-law. A few months ago, my husband Richard Simon and I were with John in San Francisco. We sent the rest of the family back to the hotel and we bar hopped through the city to spend time together. He still values our time (not just as kids) he appreciates our points of view and we sure value his experience and advice!