Well as they say, seasons end and seasons begin. Yesterday, January 29th was my last day at Advanced Imaging Solutions and Pinnacle (acquired last year). What a run it has been…this season, experiences, and most importantly the people have been such a blessing in my life. I am a better person because of all of you.
In times like this, the buzz starts happening, what’s the “real” story, and so I’d love to share a few things:
- This has been an absolute great run. Some of my years since 2007 have been the absolute best of my professional career to date… there were scores of times I had told people, “this is the best job and best team I’ve ever been part of” during this span.
- The exposure to the technology world has been amazing- learning about Technology Plans for business, working along side some of the smartest techies I know, and seeing the integration of technlology with business needs and objectives with scores of different businesses has been priceless.
- Learning best practices in the Technology Services and Managed Services business model with trips to meet with the Heartland Technology Peer Groups to sharpen the saw with other great technology companies from across the United States was equivilent to a Master’s Degree.
- This past year has been such a learning process to be on the other side of an acquisition and having a front seat to the whole process. There have been bumps in the road, new challenges, scores of new relationships- again, I’m just so thankful for the lessons along the way.
- Then, in the last few months, I was warmly welcomed by the “West side” team (or Mother Ship) and dove in with the Service Team to learn the business model. A shout out to the service team- you all are awesome… Be great because you can be. I look forward to the great stories to be told in six months!
- A regular theme and value for us? Lifelong Learning- there is no shortage of that at AIS/Pinnacle.
- Most important in this whole journey? People matter. You all matter. In the midst of number crunching, whiteboards, hydration stations, CRM workflows, commission plans, and spinning the wheel- It’s you. Life is too short to have our priorities out of line and I can’t express in a blog post of the endless debt I can never pay of your friendships (far too many to name).
A special thanks to Craig Sroda and Maurice Bokhart for the original open door at Pinnacle… carried on by Steve Klatt and Jim Lauer at AIS for this past year.
I’m sure I’ll be able to connect with many of you at different times in the upcoming days and weeks. You are in my prayers- God bless.