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Andrea Anania

I had worked with George from 1991 to 1998 at Iowa Seed Capital Corporation.

There are so very many stories, but I'll post my two favorites.

Story 1 - George had a meeting in a state building and it was close by our office so he decided to walk. He went to the meeting and nobody was there. I looked up the meeting location and he went to the wrong building. So, I offered to drive him to the correct building (the Grimes building.) AND, I drove him all the way up the sidewalk and dropped him off right at the door. Talk about service! He wasn't as pleased with me as I was. He screamed the entire time I was driving on the sidewalk while I laughed. Needless to say, he walked back. We laughed about that one for years...well, me more than him.

Story 2 - After a Board meeting, George and another co-worker helped carry my stuff back to the car, which was parked in a ramp. We've all done it, but I forgot where I parked my car so they carried all of those big, awkward bags for quite a while until George got tired and mad and dropped them. He said he wasn't moving until I found the car and picked him up. Took me a while, but I found it. We laughed about that one for years, too...well, him more than me.

Seriously though - The world has lost one of the absolute finest human beings on the face of this planet and my heart is broke. He touched so many people, helped countless aspiring entrepreneurs, and made everyone feel special. And he did it all with a huge smile.

George, you taught me so many valuable life lessons that I will carry with me always. I will miss you forever and always. Love you, buddy.