In the late 1980s, shortly after he and his wife first moved to Hastings, something happened that Marty Pinkerman refers to as a "pivotal moment in our family life."
"We sold our motorcycle, traded in our Camaro, and bought a minivan," the businessman said, referring to what he sees as the end of the young, unattached phase of his life and the beginning of a family lifestyle.
"It was a complete shift of gears," he said. "It's been full-speed ahead ever since."
A shift of gears. The act of moving from one phase of life to another, or from one unique activity to its opposite, has proved to be a theme in Pinkerman's life.