Whoa what a 2011
So I have never done a wrap up of a year post before, but I thought back on 2011 and actually wanted to write it down! So here goes, this is what happened to me in 2011 and hoping 2012 is just as exciting…it may be hard to top!
1. I worked at 3 different companies and worked for 4 different companies. Ok let me explain:
Started the year at Target Corp, then went back into consulting for Analysts International working on contact at Best Buy, then went to work for Liberty Tax Services in November. See 3 companies worked at and worked for 4. All very exciting and challenging project work in a short amount of time!
2. I moved from Minnesota to Virginia!
After 16 years of living in Minnesota the Privette family decided to pick up our roots and head south! My wife Tara got a huge career opportunity, so we decided as a family to take off on this adventure. This has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made in a long time! Upon moving here within a month the Great Dismal Swap started on fire and burned for 3 months, an earthquake happened while I was having lunch with Joe Ruiz in Richmond, VA and finally we got to experience our first hurricane called Irene. I hope Virginians did not attribute this to the Privette family arriving to Virginia! Luckily it has been quite quiet since August.
3. Got an opportunity to publicly speak at 2 venues!
I have always wanted to publicly speak and I finally got my opportunity to do so at 2 venues this year. The first one was at #Ungeeked Chicago. I had been following this venue since the beginning and wanted to get on the docket at one close to Minnesota. That turned out to be in Chicago (sort of a homecoming for me, which added to the excitement of going) and decided to submit a topic and by golly I got selected. At first this was supposed to be a mini-session, but when another speaker bowed out at the last minute, I was given an opportunity to speak in a larger session! This was such an awesome experience. I was able to bring in a different perspective about how a business analyst or a good technology project manager offers the marketing, HR, marketing, and social technology organizations a resource they might not have considered in the past, to successfully implement and manage their technology landscape.
The second venue was at the Social Media Optimization Conference in San Fransico, CA. I was asked by Todd Tweedy (which I got to meet in 2011 and hang out with at this conference!) to be on a panel discussing Advanced Social Media Advertising Techniques. This was a blast because I got to bring the perspective of the social consumer based on the techniques implemented. It offered up a ying and yang to the discussion!
4. The people I had an opportunity to meet #IRL (in real life)
Probably the most exciting part of 2011 was the people I finally had an opportunity to meet this year! Here is the list of folks I got to meet and have some great conversations with. Thank you for making time to meet!!!!
Olivier Blandchard Peggy Fitzpatrick Sam Fiorella Sean McGinnis Cd Vann Amanda Hite Liza Sperling Katie Felten Zack Miller Joey Hill Jan Ferguson Jason Falls Amber Naslund Troy Janisch Dave Murr Lauren Breuning Shanna Gratton Jeff Willinger Ray Wang Dawn Miller Joe Sorge Joe Ruiz Brandie McCallum Cam Gross Robert Stephens Corie Rose Jay Senn Jenny Renynolds Nina James Joshua Garity Kristin Elizabeth Smith Rohit Bhargava Tim Moerke John Blaska Todd Tweedy Digital Rebecca Andrew Hodel Jim Keenan
ps: If I missed you on this list please drop me a comment & I will update. I can update it’s my blog after-all!
5. Participated in my 1st startup weekend here in VA!
One the first people I met when moving to Virginia Beach, VA was Zack Miller of We Are Titans. While chatting over coffee he mentioned he was bringing the first ever StartUp weekend to Norfolk. I had always wanted to participate in an event like this, so I signed up. Little did I know I was going to be working on a project team vying for a potential to receive $20,000 startup money to make the app become a reality! Our team did not win, but the experience was an overwhelming success in my book. So much so, I have volunteered to help plan, organize and make the next one even bigger!
6. For the past year got the opportunity to help out the Buyosphere.com team
Back in January 2011 Tara Hunt of Buyosphere asked if anyone in the community wanted to help out and dedicate some time to testing, using, and providing feedback to the beta version of Buyosphere.com (back then it was Shwowp.com). I jumped at the opportunity to be on the ground floor of what I think has huge potential in the buying experience space and #VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) space. Over the past year I have used the product, tested releases and provided feedback this past year. It has been a wonderful experience to truly help some really fantastic entreprenuers in the technology space. Thank Tara Hunt, Jerome Paradis, and Cassandra Girard for the opportunity to get to know you and help out!
7. Got an acknowledge in a Book…uh me? Really?
Yes really! I had no idea my good friend Olivier Blanchard gave me an acknowledgement in his book until I got the book. Someone sorta tipped me off before my copy arrived (you know who you are…), so I was on the lookout. To be acknowledged by someone I respect and consider a virtual mentor was pretty darn cool in my book. I opened it up and started reading and sure enough! If you would like more information on this book, just click the image. I HIGHLY recommend this book any person or company heading into, already in, or wanting to evolve their social business.
So here is to hoping 2012 is as fun filled, adventurous and exciting! I set the bar pretty high for myself in 2011, which I don’t mind trying to climb over in 2012! I wish everyone the best of luck in 2012. Have an idea pursue it, have a bucket list cross some stuff off, want to try something different try it, lose weight, quit smoking, meet new folks, start a hobby, etc, etc etc…the only person stopping you is YOU. Found this out first hand in 2011!