Tatsuda's IGA Will Not Be Returning - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tatsuda's IGA Will Not Be Returning

After the disastorous landslide of [last year] Tatsuda Management has a statement:


Dear friends,

Today is the day I let you know what the future holds for us and for Tatsuda’s IGA.

Before I do, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love and support you’ve given my dad and I over the last year. Losing Tatsuda’s shook us to our core. It was like losing a loved one and a part of ourselves at the same time. The grief was tremendous. We could not have gotten through this loss without you. Thank you!!

Since the rockslide, many conversations about the future have been had and prayers for guidance have been made. We had great plans to develop our property and build a new building that would serve the community in wonderful ways. We talked with builders, blasters, architects, financial advisors, lawyers - The list goes on and on. But, at the end of the day we realized two things: one is that we don’t have the resources to do what we wanted to do and more importantly, my dad and I want to do other things. My dad is enjoying his forced retirement and I have a higher calling to serve people in a different way.

It is with sadness in my heart that I tell you Tatsuda’s IGA will not be returning but this is not the end of the Tatsuda family serving our community.

First off, I am actively working on creating a non-profit called The Tatsuda Way. My vision for it is to continue the philanthropic work Tatsuda’s did by supporting local non-profits and organizations that enhance the quality of life in Ketchikan, donating goods to fundraisers, and helping people who have experienced hardships and tragedies such as house fires and other unexpected hardships. More details about The Tatsuda Way will be coming in the future.

Secondly, Deborah and I are taking all of the lessons on business and life we’ve learned through Tatsuda’s and our own experiences both professionally and personally and are creating a training and development company called Renewal Learning that will give other people the tools to live successful and happy lives. We will be leading seminars, workshops, group coaching programs and more to help people create lasting positive change in their businesses and in their personal lives. Over the past few years, I’ve had my own leadership consulting company that has worked with leadership teams of large companies and entrepreneurs to help them overcome challenges in their organizations. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel internationally with the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation and provide leadership training to adults and youth in under privileged countries. I want to expand on those experiences and help create a better world by lifting up other people and helping them reach their true potential.

This is not the end but the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for us. As my dad said just days after the rockslide, “A person can always start over if you’re still alive.” And that is exactly what we are doing with hope and faith in a beautiful and fulfilling future.

With love, respect, and gratitude,

Katherine Tatsuda

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