Moving on

When I first got out of college my soon to be father-in-law passed on some great advice to me.  He said “you will have 15-20 careers before you retire”.  It made sense then and still holds true today.   I had already made a huge career change before I even graduated from Clemson.  I was going to be a teacher, that is until I got engaged to my wonderful wife.   I had seen the sacrifices my mom had made supporting a family on a teachers salary and I did not want to do that.

So I entered the exciting world of the technology industry and began to get more involved with programing and application development.  I was certain that this was the career path I would retire in.  But then along the way, life happened.   I have found that the older I get the better the clarity I have on past events.  Things that at the time seems incredibly difficult or challenging were merely steps on my journey.

So… fast forward many years and I end up on an amazing team at Ariba.  I had spent the last four years building a hosted data analytic solution for schools, and out of the blue this opportunity opened up and I just knew that I had to go for it.  Things could not have worked out better.  The people I met and worked with and the experiences  I had there were amazing.  This has been one of the best places I have ever worked in my life.   And to those folks, I will always be grateful for your support, leadership, and especially your friendship.

But, as the title of the post is moving on, you might be wondering why I would leave this behind.  It was time for a change.  No longer did I want to I simply develop web sites or applications, but I wanted to help shape companies.  To help them optimize their web sites and business to really maximize the user experience on their web properties.  And to do all this by helping companies implement and plan their web analytic and digital measure strategies.   I am joining a great company and an amazing team over at Keystone Solutions.  Not heard of them yet?  You will.  The leadership at Keystone is building something special, and I am thrilled that I will be able to help them grow and realize that vision.

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