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Do You Manage Your Employee’s Like Family?

February 4, 2011

On my ride into work this morning, I was captured by an article about the Pittsburgh Steelers primary owners, Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II. Writer Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post looks at the management style and really the entire way the owners look at the team. They don’t look at their players and coaches as employee’s rather they look at them as an extension of their immediate family. In fact, they are at every practice, every meal, and on every flight. Even at 78 years old and no matter what the weather conditions are, Art Rooney II actually walks to every home game from the house he was raised in.

Art Rooney II

Not only is their entire staff family, but they extend that familial presence to their fans and the organizations in the NFL. When Art gets to the parking lot at Heinz Field, he spends time talking with the fans and walks to his seats just like everyone else, through the ticket booths.

Steelers safety Ryan Clark was quoted saying, “When you see an owner of an NFL team [like Dan Rooney] drive up to work in a Buick, you know this is a guy whose feet are firmly planted on the ground. He’s not about glitz, glamour and flash. He’s about putting together a great organization.”

At Gunwel Tax and Bookkeeping, we don’t believe in glitz and flash either, we believe in our clients being an extension of the family we have created at 44 East 21st street. Some of us take the subway to work while others take the bus and every day we have lunch together in our den discussing everything from the most recent Cosmopolitan issue to our latest best find at Duane Read. Our feet are firmly planted on the ground because we make a conscious effort to be a part of our community while making lasting relationships with our clients.

So come by Gunwel to meet our family and discuss your financial future with us. We’re here 7 days a week (8am-8pm M-F, 8am-5pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun) to accommodate your busy schedule. You can always give a call at 212-979-6830 or send us an email at and feel free to check out our additional tax tips and resources at

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