Yet another year has come to a close; a year of strong performance as reported in our third quarter results, and we are looking to end the year strongly. That performance was entirely due to the hard work, dedication, generosity, and, at times, sacrifices, of our employees around the world.
I must praise our many dedicated professionals who worked on managing the aftermath of recent weather events in numerous countries, including a large Global Technical Services team assisting with historic flooding in Thailand, while several divisions within Crawford continue to handle claims from Superstorm Sandy in the U.S., an unprecedented storm whose damage included the homes of some of our colleagues. They—along with the many others affected by disasters throughout the world—are in our thoughts this time of year.
As we look forward with fresh hope and expectations to the new year, I want to say how grateful I am to our employees and clients for helping make Crawford & Company a leader in its field and a respected global corporate citizen.
I look forward to building on our success in 2013, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!