After a long and prosperous road through the “Yellow Community”, I’ll be hanging up my Lotus (I know, I’m old school) hat and moving on. I’m sad for many reasons, but excited more than I can tell you about my new position. I owe a lot to this community of friends and colleagues and can’t thank you enough.
At Lotusphere 2009, Gregg Eldred and Tom Duff lead a Birds of a Feather on Social Media. It changed the way I worked, communicated and helped lead me to my new position. After that session, I signed up for Twitter and started connecting on many social sites. Over the years, many of you helped me out in ways you probably don’t even remember. It helped me build relationships, friendships and partnerships. I’ve gotten advice and shared advice. I’ve heckled you with your sports teams, and taken it right back. I’ve given support for many in tough situations and I’ve gotten that back when I needed it most. It taught me to run a successful hockey website and how to use social tools to market that to coaches, players and parents all over the world. It helped lead me to where I’m going.
At the end of the month, I’ll be joining SnapRetail! as the Director of Product Management. I’ll get to guide the future of their solutions that help small businesses and retail shop successfully use social, email and their website to grow their business. If it wasn’t for the BOF that morning and connecting with this community, I’m not sure I would have landed where I did. So to many of you, I say Thank you.
While I’m sad that I won’t see you at IBM Connect or MWLUG or any other conference, I know the friends I’ve made will remain. While I’ll be completely out of the IBM Domino world, I’ll still be well connected and within in reach of all of you. Please, stay connected.