Spotlight on: Rhoades McKee

Communicating with your firm’s important clients and contacts has never been more crucial. ContactEase firms are doing a great job meeting today’s unique challenges head on. During this challenging and unique time, we think it’s important to focus on the positive and that’s why we’re especially excited to introduce you to Rhoades McKee.

Operating in West Michigan since 1960, Rhoades McKee offers over 25 legal practice specialties to individuals and organizations in the areas of Litigation, Business and Corporate, and Real Estate. The firm has offices in Grand Rapids, Hastings and Holland, Michigan.

The Rhoades McKee COVID-19 Legal Response Team is a collaborative group of specialists from the firm’s employment, business, tax and contract law teams to assist organizations and business as they navigate the legal issues and impacts of this crisis. In addition to targeted alerts, the resource center provides visitors with easy access to a number of federal, state and firm resources. Members of the Rhoades McKee leadership team will also be participating in a webinar on April 1, 2020: Practical and Legal Aspects of Restructuring Strategies in a Financial Crisis which will focus on the financial and legal aspects of cash flow and operational strategies during this turbulent time.

We look forward to sharing our next client spotlight with you very soon!

From the Home Office: ContactEase Chair & CEO, Jeff Reade

ContactEase has been a fully remote company for nearly twenty years. We know that you’re being inundated with tips on working from home (and we agree with a lot of them), but we also know that working from home can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. As many ContactEase firms are temporarily transitioning to a work from home environment, we wanted to share our own experiences with you. In this post, we’re talking to ContactEase Founder & Chair, Jeff Reade.

Q: How long have you been working from home?
I’ve been working at home continuously since about 2002, but started the business in my house in 1991 (in the Cole Valley district of San Francisco — that’s where Cole Valley Software gets its name) and worked out of it from 1991-1996. Under pressure from the city (we had nine employees in two flats of my home), we moved into an office until 2002.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working from home?
Both of my sons were born after I started permanently in my home office, and it has been great to be able to spend more time with them during the day than if I had a commute.I also get to spend more time with [my wife] Louisa, who sometimes comes in to check on me or bring me lunch.

Q: What is your least favorite thing about working from home?
In San Francisco, when I was sick, everyone would still come to work and I’d be holed up in my bedroom.

Q: Do you have a funny story or anecdote about working from home?
One time I was on a call with a group of people and my then three-year-old son, Charlie, opened the door to my office. I smiled and tried to waive him off to let him know that I was busy. All of a sudden he said, “I need a hug!” Everyone on the call thought it was the cutest thing ever. I gave him a hug and sent him back upstairs. It was pretty sweet.  

Spotlight on: YOU!

In these unusual and challenging times, professional services firms (and their marketers) are working harder than ever to continue to be a trusted advisor, provide excellent service and to meet their clients’ needs. Our clients are doing a great job of this and we want everyone to know. In a world overcome by uncertainty, we think it’s important to look for the positive. And this is why, over the next few weeks, we’re going to shine a spotlight on our clients and how they’re meeting these unique challenges head on. Look for our first client spotlight tomorrow. Is your team doing something to communication with clients and stay connected during this time? We want to hear from you! Contact

From the Home Office: ContactEase Edition
Did you know ContactEase is a remote workplace and has been for nearly twenty years? We know that that your inbox is flooded with invitations to webinars about working from home or tips for setting up your home office. Of course, these tips are great and most make a lot of sense (we all agree that having a dedicated work space is important), but we also know that working from home can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Over the next few weeks, along with our client success stories, we’ll be sharing a little about our own work from home experiences.