CEO’s Corner

Update: December 17, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

It is hard when some years end. The last days of December can feel like the final days of vacation. Grateful for what was had, but sad that the good times are coming to a close. The year my first child was born was like that. It had been a magical time and I was disappointed to see it go. But the same cannot be said for 2020. For many of us it has been bad, for some it has been worse, and for more still it has been devastating. I am eager to see it behind us.

One or two times over the past months, the end has appeared to be up ahead. But as we approached, we found that what seemed like a reprieve was only a turn in the long road. Upon reflection, I understood that the perceived end was more mirage than reality.

Even so, as I watched Sandra Lindsay, the brave ICU nurse in New York, receive the first vaccine, I began to believe that this time, while the journey would continue, the destination finally was within view. During WWII after the Second Battle of El-Alamein, Churchill said, “This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.” Perhaps the same is true now. If so, I will take it. The end of the beginning is no small thing.

The challenges of this past year have called for great displays of adaptability and perseverance. Despite all of the hurdles, I have been privileged to witness people around me do remarkable things – go above and beyond at work despite the increased challenges at home, reach out to those in need even while managing personal and private heartache, and make significant efforts to express gratitude to people sometimes overlooked. Seeing this has been humbling and has filled me with hope. We humans have a vast capacity for kindness. I also have come to believe that our strength, regardless of the difficulty of the circumstances, is practically limitless.

Continuing to be strong, staying the course, and keeping our eyes focused on that horizon is part of our work as we enter into this holiday season. Thus, on behalf of the entire PEBB family, I wish you strength, health, and joy as you celebrate the holidays and New Year. I look forward to the better days ahead and until then we are here to assist you, so please reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com.

Thank you for your continued efforts,

Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update: September 3, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

Even though I am no longer a student, the first day of school is still exciting. Recently, I watched as my own children embarked on their first and third grade years with pleasure, pride, and I must admit, even some envy. It led me to think about the ways in which a new school year presents the opportunity to begin again – to be our best self, make new friends, and to learn something new. Admittedly this year’s first day was quite different than those of years past, yet, I found myself hopeful and optimistic. Not just for my children, but for all of us. I even began considering that the ups and downs of the past several months could be moving behind us, slowly perhaps, and that better times might be up ahead.

I recently learned that social science author Daniel Pink writes about special days in his book When. Apparently, back-to-school is a “temporal landmark” that can be used to relegate mistakes to the past, to start again, and to double down on achieving goals.

Moreover, a landmark such as the first day of school is societal, not personal. The idea that we share in this event makes me even more of a devotee. In this way, we can embark on this new beginning together, with a focus on helping each other and serving our local and global communities.

On behalf of the entire PEBB family, I wish you the best of luck as you begin this journey. It is my hope that we all have the opportunity to expand our circle of friends and learn from each other.

Thank you for your continued efforts,

Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update: July 2, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

We continue to navigate this challenging time together.  Reading the news feels like an exercise in courage with fluctuating COVID-19 numbers, the mistreatment of black Americans, and constant political divisiveness. It is not always easy to remain optimistic.  

This past weekend, I read two articles about ordinary people doing extraordinary things,  and my faith in humanity was bolstered.  I was reminded of our huge capacity for taking on challenges and overcoming obstacles.

I learned Coree Woltering set the new running record for the Ice Age trail when he ran 1,200 miles in 22 days.  Averaging 50 miles per day – the equivalent of more than two full marathons daily –  Coree raised over $21,000 for Feeding America, a charity close to the heart of the PEBB family.  I also heard about Juan Manuel Ballestero, desperate to see his aging father despite pandemic flight restrictions, who sailed from the Portuguese island of Porto Santo to his father’s home in Argentina.  He spent 85 days at sea, alone, to reach his dad. He didn’t make it to Argentina in time for Father’s Day, but it must have been quite a gift nonetheless.  

These herculean undertakings have buoyed my spirits and leave me inspired to continue to identify ways to make significant contributions in my own way.  To overcome this difficult time in our history, we must do ambitious and hard things. This idea is not new for Americans; we are a nation built by revolutionaries whose endeavors are worthy of our admiration. I remain particularly mindful of this as we celebrate the birth of American independence, and continue to work toward meaningful changes that provide inclusivity for all.

On behalf of the entire PEBB family, I wish you a happy and safe July 4th holiday.  As always, we are here to assist you, so please reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com.

Thank you for your continued efforts,

Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update June 5, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

Over the past several days, I have watched the long-term effects of generational racial injustice unfold. I have experienced deep sadness over the killing of yet another unarmed black person, and pondered how I, as both an individual and business leader, can help address the issues currently facing our country. Promoting equality for black Americans, preventing future tragedies, and helping America heal are at the forefront of my mind.

I feel compelled to add my voice to the many others who have justly spoken out against the systemized racism and inequalities black men and women face daily. By choosing silence, we become complicit, and that is simply not a choice I will make. We can no longer ignore the racism and brutality that has gone on in our country for far too long. Meaningful and thoughtful action by each of us – individuals, institutions, and national, local, and civic leaders – is needed now.

To that end, PEBB Enterprises is committed to being part of the fight against the discrimination and racial bias that plague our society. In the short term, we are making a financial contribution to The Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that has been at the forefront of challenging racial injustice in America and protecting the most vulnerable among us. Further, in the coming weeks, we will be identifying additional steps we can implement to promote unity and justice.

Until then, on behalf of the entire PEBB family, I extend sympathy to the family, friends, and community of George Floyd and the many who came before him. We acknowledge that the loss is deep, and the grief profound.

The PEBB family includes people of many backgrounds. The diversity of our tenants, vendors, partners, and other stakeholders is one of our strengths, and we will continue to ensure our relationships reflect that diversity as part of our “putting people first” philosophy.

As always, if we can be of assistance to you, please reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com.

Thank you for your continued efforts.

Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update: May 8, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

Lately, the world seems to be changing at record-breaking speeds. News flows in steadily, headlines change from one moment to the next and COVID-19 restrictions remain in some places, while being lifted in others. Therefore, I must spend my days attending to the special demands of this moment while also executing on the very important work that has been the cornerstone of PEBB Enterprises for three generations. I imagine this balancing between our present unusual environment and normal operations is true for many of you as well.

The health and safety of employees, tenants, and all other stakeholders remains paramount at PEBB. With this in mind, we are developing our approach to properties operating safely in this new COVID-19 landscape. Since the data and resources on best practices continue to change rapidly, PEBB will continue to adjust and evolve rapidly in turn. This strategy isn’t new for us. PEBB has a long history of innovation, and we will adapt to achieve the best possible outcome.

Now more than ever, it is critical that PEBB acts on its “putting people first” philosophy. Thus, I continue to consider how PEBB can best serve our community and contribute. I suspect I am not alone in this and trust that we all are contemplating how to do the right thing.

If we can be of assistance to you, please reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com.

Thank you for your continued efforts.

Sincerely, Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update: April 17, 2020

Dear PEBB Community:

This surely has been a difficult period for all of us. The struggles we face vary, yet we continue to dig deep day after day. In this way, we will get through this crisis together.

I continue to consider an article I read recently. When New Jersey officials appealed to out-of-state medical professionals for assistance, 200 out-of-state paramedics showed up. People left their homes in places as far away as California to come to the aid of strangers. Such a strong showing of putting people first amazed me.

At PEBB we continue to work diligently for all of our stakeholders. As always we remain focused on normal daily business operations, but now the PEBB family also is finding ways to help shepherd our business community, Partners, Tenants, Lenders, Brokers and Vendors a like, through the COVID-19 business disruption. To that end, we are taking measures such as regularly monitoring federal and state legislation, identifying resources and information, and counseling, comforting, and strategizing both internally and externally. While COVID-19 has changed the scope of our services, our philosophy of putting people first has not. If we can be of assistance to you, please reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com

Thank you for your continued efforts.

Sincerely, Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family


Update: March 23rd, 2020

To our PEBB Enterprises Community – our Partners, Tenants, Lenders, Brokers, Vendors, and other stakeholders:


At this uncertain time in our collective history, we would like to be able to provide answers to your many questions. We recognize that people are scared, businesses are suffering and our prospects, at least for the foreseeable future, are uncertain. At times such as these, I do know one thing for certain. Leaders must lead. It is in this capacity that I reach out to you.


From its inception, PEBB Enterprises has been a “family” business. Our mission has always been to achieve something greater than profits and properties. At our core, we are about people. Prioritizing people has been our philosophy and has been continually implemented through service to our communities from the early 1970’s until the present.

PEBB Enterprises will continue to honor this tradition by taking our responsibilities to the people we serve seriously and we remain equipped to do so. Our decades long track record demonstrates our strength. We have a strategy for meeting the urgent needs of this moment and we continue to evolve as new information becomes available. Daily we identify and implement specific actions to support you, our stakeholders, and help you move ahead. We recognize we are not alone in this and know that our federal and state officials are also assessing needs and implementing options for relief. We are monitoring the government’s progress closely as it informs our approach and we will share what we learn with our community accordingly.


Throughout the chaos of the past weeks, I have been overwhelmed by all the good I have witnessed. I am encouraged and uplifted by so many people coming together to do their best to help others and to contribute to our health, well-being, and comfort. I think of the healthcare workers attending to our physical needs, the teachers boosting our children’s minds and spirits, workers logging on remotely to keep business running, and all of the delivery personnel and retail workers who continue to go out into the world to serve us day after day. I thank you for your generosity, selflessness, and bravery. As a way to show our gratitude, the PEBB family is making a donation to Feeding South Florida, an established food bank that is now heavily involved in feeding families during the COVID-19 crisis.

I have long believed that we are only as good as our word. I promise you this, the PEBB Enterprises team is here to listen, research, and do our best to provide aid. Reach out to us at askPEBB@pebbent.com. We are up and running and doing what we have always done best – putting people first.


Thank you for your continued efforts.

Sincerely,

 

Ian Weiner and the PEBB Enterprises Family

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March 18th, 2020

The PEBB Enterprises Team is committed to the well-being of our employees, clients, and other stakeholders. Through these uncertain times, we are open and working remotely to provide support and exceptional service to our clients. We thank all those in our communities who are doing their part to keep us all safe and healthy. Please reach out to us if we can be of service at askPEBB@pebbent.com, or by calling 1-561-613-4020. We are here to do our best to address your concerns. We will work together to get through this and look forward to a time when we can see you soon.