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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.

      

Joey Me Jace 1st Picture in VA July 2011

 

First Day of School VA

 

Hurricane Irene

 

Norfolk Tides Game

 

Norfolk Tides Game

 

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!

@PegFitzpatrick & I at #UnGeeked Chicago

 

Amanda Hite @sexythinker #UnGeeked Chicago

 

SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

 

SMOC 2011 San Francisco, CA

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!

StartNorfolk Nov 2011

 

StartNorfolk Nov 2011

 

StartNorfolk Nov 2011

 

StartNorfolk Nov 2011

 

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!

Buyosphere.com

 

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.

Social Media ROI by Olivier Blanchard Acknowledgement

 

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!


Join me at #ungeeked Chicago May 12th-14th & #RoastBrogan

You should attend unGeeked if you are responsible for developing or managing your company, organization or client’s social media, marketing, branding, advertising, on-line community, customer service, or recruiting campaigns.

  • Branding, Marketing and PR VPs, Directors and Managers
  • CEOs, CMOs, and VPs of mid to large companies
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations – Cause Marketing Professionals
  • Recruiters, HR and Legal Professionals
  • Community Managers, Social Media Managers
  • Customer Service, Sales and Advertising VPs, Directors and Managers

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The format is “open discussion” The topics focus on enhancing, positioning and leveraging both the internal and external brand. Power Points are strongly discouraged and instead, on-going and intimate discussions among Discussion Leaders (speakers), regional leaders and attendees are encouraged.

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Who is speaking at unGeeked?
Spike Jones, Jason Falls, Barry Moltz, Heather Taylor, Anita Campbell, Olivier Blanchard, Hajj Flemings, Lou Hoffman, Chris Heuer, Amanda Hite and Jeff Willinger and more.

 

Full list of  Discussion Leaders (speakers)

Click to see list of Discussion Leaders

 

Scheduled Discussion Topics

Click to view Discussion Topics/Schedule

 

Registrations include one admission to

Celebrity Charity Roast honoring Chris Brogan

#RoastBrogan on twitter

 

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Hostmaster: Jason Falls

When: May 11th, 2011Time: 5:30PM – 9PM –  Honors/Roast begins:6PM 

 

Roasting Panel: C.C.Chapman,  Dave Murray,  Jason Falls,  Liz Strauss and Troy Janisch

Join Chris Brogan and family, while his friends deliver comedic insults, banter, tongue-in-cheek criticism and outlandish stories along with heartwarming tributes to honor one of our most recognized social media thought leaders, while supporting the charity SitStayRead.

 

Roast and Auction to benefit Chicago Charity SitStayRead Literacy Program. Items for auction:

  • One lifetime membership to Exploring Social Media (valued at $300 per year) – from Social Media Explorer
  • Two certificates each entitling the bearer to a 6 bottle in-home wine tasting for up to 14 people with private wine adviser for 2 hours (valued at $350 each) – from Wines For Humanity
  • Two Chris Brogan T-Shirts from Mom Pop Pow

 

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Newest author, Olivier Blanchard is on the forefront of spearheading theSocial Media ROI initiative.
A copy of Social Media ROI is included with 3-day Registrations.

Click here to Register for unGeeked Chicago

 

SAVE When you RSVP before 4/30/2011

 

 

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