Thanks For Being Brilliant!


Or maybe we’re brilliant because we know you.


Reports indicate that our fearless leader, Dave Saunders, has successfully made it to CharlestonSC after navigating the inter-coastal waterways with his co-captain Hattie Saunders and second mate Jack Saunders.


So who is this stranger in your email inbox? My name is Kennedy HeidelMadison+Main’s newest hire, and apparently the schmuck that got stuck with writing our Thanksgiving Weekly Report. Is this a hazing ritual? Asking you, Dave.


It’s the day after Thanksgiving and my pants are still unbuttoned. Although it may seem cliché, it’s easy for me to find things to be grateful for this year — even in the “thank God this year is almost over” kind of year we’re in.


  • I am thankful for my family even when they push my buttons — even though they are the ones who installed them.
  • The second life my turkey had on my Instagram account. #feastyoureyes
  • Overindulgence in buttery mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and getting to watch the parade in my PJs.
  • Black Friday sales being virtual. I can stop strength training now.
  • My drunk uncle on Zoom yesterday and my cousin who thought making “a scene” was appropriate instead of making an appetizer.
  • Not a single family member asking if I am single or employed this year. #ThankYouMadison+Main
  • Finding Aspirin from 1992 in my Grandparents’ medicine cabinet. My hoarder personality makes more sense now.
  • Not being a turkey yesterday. Especially the way my mother yields a carving knife.
  • Working for an amazing company that sends Sugarwish popcorn treats for Thanksgiving to our clients to say “what’s poppin’” and “thanks so much for being you.” You all deserve the moon, but this was a little easier to get.


What The Madison+Main-iacs Had To Say

I asked our Wamily (a.k.a. work family) what they were most thankful for this season. Maybe have a handkerchief on hand?


Leanne Ferry: This year for Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the things I used to think were simple but that this crazy year proved as the biggest blessings; food on the table, a roof over the head, wine in the glass, family on the nerves ;), love during the challenges, and God in control.


Kent Brockwell: Looking back at 2020, I’m thankful for everything COVID-19 has given us. Family get-togethers are more meaningful than ever. True friendships have more value than before. Being in the great outdoors is more enjoyable and peaceful. All of us were forced to get back to the basics of life and I am grateful for the experience…and Joe Exotic, of course.


Dave Saunders: Clients: I am thankful “in these unprecedented times” for our clients at Madison+Main. We get to do fun stuff every day…and get paid for it. And this wouldn’t be possible without great clients.


Allison Nida: This year, I have so much to be thankful for – it’s hard to choose just one. For one – now more than ever, I’m thankful for my health and that my friends and family are healthy. I’m thankful to have worked for a company that so quickly pivoted and has kept our health and happiness a top priority throughout this crazy year (my pets have certainly loved having me work from home). Lastly, I’m thankful for my husband for being supportive and kept me laughing every day. If it’s one thing that I’ve learned this year – it’s to be thankful every single day – not just the holidays.


Derek Fair: I am incredibly thankful for my family’s health. I am also thankful for the social distancing six-foot rule because I never liked a lot of folks near me to begin with. #maybekindakidding But no, on a serious note, I have appreciated the opportunity to slow down a bit and truly focus on what matters most…Netflix. I binge-watched Tiger King and Ozark at the speed of light.


Molly Whitfield: I am so very thankful for my three sweet, caring, little girls! Viewing the world from their eyes makes it magical and inspiring every single day.


Andrew Simpson: I am thankful for my nine-week-old pup, Wilson DJ Simpson. While there have been a few ruff nights getting him acclimated to his new home, I have enjoyed every second and am excited to watch him grow.


Chrislin Hearn: I am thankful for the new friends I’ve made at Brandcenter and that I will get to go home for the holidays this year.


Mollie Banks: I have so much to be thankful for, it’s hard to know where to begin! I’m incredibly thankful for my very large family, immediate and extended. My now-deceased grandparents laid a strong foundation of togetherness, unconditional love, great conversation, and tons of laughter. From ages 82 down to five years old, we’ve Zoomed throughout the pandemic. (Thankful for technology too!) And although sad we won’t be spending Thanksgiving together for the first time ever, our bond is so strong, we’re confident we’ll pick right back up for the next one.


Marita Cardenas: #ThankfulThoughts2020 That’s all one really needs to say and everyone understands the nuances and explosive feelings along with it. While 2020 brought about much the same for me, it also ushered in an engagement, my first home, and a place on the M+M team. I am thankful and privileged to have experienced goodness this year and I am hopeful that this is just the beginning.


Jenna Farley: I am thankful for happiness. Despite all the crazy this year has brought us, I have been able to smile and laugh a lot. My family, my friends, my boyfriend, and my “wamily” have all been a big part of that and I am thankful for all of them, too.


Erin Rebmann: I am truly thankful for my family and friends (as well as my M+M Wamily) for loving me unconditionally. Life has had its many ups and downs, but they have stayed with me and supported me through it all. How much luckier can a girl get? I am also thankful for my sweet baby girl, who we got to bring home on Thanksgiving last year!


Carissa Ghaffari: I am thankful for my husband Mike and my son Donovan. They make me laugh like no one else can, and in gloomy, uncertain times like this, laughter goes a long way.


Art Webb:
Turkey, not really I prefer ham. It is just so boring.
Ham. I prefer it. Nothing better than a ham biscuit the day after Thanksgiving.
Art, not me, real art. Some of my favorites are Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring.
New phone!. I just upgraded and I am super excited.
Kids. Actually kid, I only have one and they are awesome!
Family. My wife is also awesome! She rocks!
Understanding. The state of the world could use more of it!
Lucky. I am very lucky to have the life that I have!


Kaitlin Thomas: I am thankful for my family and especially for my wonderful, sweet son and his beautiful curly, blond hair. I am thankful he enjoys cooking lessons with Mom and fishing with Dad. I am thankful for best friends. I am thankful for a clean house, good food, love, and kindness. And, I never thought I would say this, but my fashionista side has really come out when it comes to coordinating my face mask to my outfit, so there’s that, too.


Katie Rossberg: Whew, there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. But, if I had to narrow it down, I’m thankful for my family who loves me, friends who tolerate me, my coworkers who ~inspire~ me, and my dog Ozzie who keeps me busy.


Kennedy Heidel (again): Sugar, bitters, bourbon, and an orange slice. In that order. Especially after having to write this . Dave, the next bottle is on you.




A Few of Our Favorite Events

Virginia Energy Sense at Town Point Holiday Marketplace
120 W Main St. | Norfolk, VA 23510
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 2–8 p.m.


Join Virginia Energy Sense at the one-day holiday market, celebration and movie night in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The holiday market will have a FREE live screening of the movie Elf, in a safe, socially-distant, family-friendly environment and visits with Santa. Visit Virginia Energy Sense at their booth for helpful holiday energy-saving tips!


13620 W Salisbury Rd. | Midlothian, VA 23113
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 2 – 6 p.m.
CowanGates, in partnership with Village Bank, is sponsoring a blood drive at Salisbury Country Club. Bring your mask and donate — giving blood will help save a life. Sign up today!

Got an upcoming event you want to share? Can we come? Send us the deets!


“I feel a very unusual sensation — if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.

Benjamin Disraeli