Some of you might have noticed a few tweets from me about my ‘new role’. I start that new role Monday April 5th…more on that in a moment.
You also may be aware (or maybe not!) that I had been working for the Boy Scouts of America’s National headquarters within the marketing group.
I started at the BSA as a consultant in September 2007 and provided project management & technology strategy services on their Sitecore Content Management System project. The initial tasking on the project was to implement Sitecore, migrate the main BSA website (scouting.org) and introduce the concept of Content Management throughout the enterprise.
Shortly after starting on this project I met a good friend (and someone that you should get to know too) Gene De Libero. Gene was the Project Manager for the vendor that the BSA had hired to implement and provide custom development services. I do have to say that meeting and eventually working with him on a few things, most notably our side project CIO Essentials.
During my time at the BSA, I saw the organization move away from flat-file HTML websites and migrate into Sitecore CMS as the platform of choice. There were some hiccups during the implementation and subsequent usage of Sitecore CMS but none were too terribly bad and are par for the course for most CMS implementations.
I learned a great deal about myself, people and bureaucracy while working at the BSA. I’ll leave it at that.
So what will my new role be?
I’ll be the Director – Central Region for an Intellectual Property Litigation Support & Consulting company – Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group (SVEWG). I had previously worked for SVEWG in 2005 to 2007 and kept in touch with my ex-boss Rick over the years. One day a few months ago, Rick asked if I’d be interested in coming back to work…and I was.
In this new role, I’ll be responsible for driving new business for the Central Region of the US (Houston to Minneapolis) and managing current region business. In addition, I’ll be bringing my marketing and social media experience to the organization to help improve marketing for the organization.
My IT experience will come into play at SVEWG but since the company is a Small Business and has few IT assets, the IT aspect of the job will be minimal – which isn’t a bad thing.
So…I’m moving on. The BSA is behind me. Sitecore CMS is behind me. I think the new role is an excellent fit for where I am in my life right now and one that I’m grateful to Rick to have the opportunity to take on.
So…if you or anyone you know work in the Intellectual Property space, drop me a line and let’s see if there’s a way we can work together.