A few weeks ago I wrote about making ourselves uncomfortable to drive forward. It was an attempt to shed light on my thought process for the big decision I recently made. Since then I have been asked a lot of questions by the keen observers and inquiring minds. So that the record is clear, I will discuss the subject plainly and with transparency.
For the past 13 years I have been working as a Sales Rep, then Sales Manager, then VP of Sales for AddVenture Products, an apparel marketing agency specializing in the CompressT and other innovative promotional products. During that time I learned more about business than I could imagine, achieved success, and grew as a professional. I built strong, lasting relationships. I tried weird things, I failed, I learned, I tried again. We produced t-shirts for everything you can imagine – some that I was particularly fond of, like The Hangover Movie, Snoop Dogg, The Simpsons, NASCAR, The Office, Family Guy, Batman, Alice In Chains, True Blood, etc, etc, etc.
In the past year I started writing this blog. It has helped me establish myself as somewhat of an expert in my industry. I won some awards, and I’ve been asked to participate in committees, magazines, and webinars. I certainly don’t know everything – far from it, but there are some things I know well, and I have been sought out in that regard. The attention has made me feel a bit guilty, humbled, and embarrassed – I have also felt empowered and proud. My network has grown and I have increased my exposure within the industry where I earn a living.
Along with this new recognition came job offers – really interesting ones too. Some were tough to ignore, even tougher to turn down, and one in particular was impossible to overlook. Along with that great opportunity comes a great disturbance to my life and my family. In these situations you want to investigate and be sure – “look before you leap,” right? Sometimes damnit, you just gotta leap! So that’s what I did.
I have joined Boundless Network as the VP of Sales. My family and I are moving to Austin, Texas. To anyone reading this that has no knowledge of the promotional products industry, this means very little – I’m just a guy changing jobs, moving to a new town, and taking way too long to explain. But to my colleagues, clients, family and friends, it is kind of a big deal.
Am I nervous? Scared? Doubting myself? Questioning whether or not I will suck??? Sure. Am I excited? More excited than I can measure. Am I sad to leave my town, friends, and a company I genuinely love? Of course. But life is change, and no reward comes without risk.
I will continue writing the blog. I am going to let it evolve naturally, mirroring my own path. I love – seriously – love the ride I’ve been on. Now it’s time for a change in direction. Am I going to make mistakes as I progress? Yep. Am I going to look back? No way.
There is a large group of people that have touched my life.
- I am grateful for the kindness and support I have been shown these past years.
- I appreciate the knowledge and honesty I have received from my valued mentors.
- I am honored by the people that have chosen to learn from me.
- I greatly respect the people that were unafraid to tell me when I was wrong.
And now I move forward, as do you. Happy New Year everybody. May we all kick some serious butt next year. Thanks for listening, thanks for participating. This is only the beginning…