My last time to sit in my office before Charles Ingram, Russell Anderson, John Coats and Mikki helped me get it packed up. Weird feeling, but pretty liberating to think that I don't have to be at work Monday. Or Tuesday, or Wednesday, etc.
Poor Pam. They made her ask me for my key and fob at the end of the move today. I felt bad for her. Here they told everyone that I'm staying around, then asked for my key. Pretty telling what they are considering "staying around." Maybe they meant staying around outside:-) Pam Coats has been a great team member. She does these sorts of things all the time and seems to do them very well. I left happy.
Effective Thursday, August 9, 2007, I officially stepped aside as CEO of adplex. I've enjoyed all I can stand of the financial guys never being happy, no matter what you do. Seems there is another life out there that will be more satisfying, or at least less stress-filled. So with that, I have hung up my spurs and will seek to live a more calm, less traveled life. Mikki and I are very excited about the future. We have so much we want to do. There is a lot of opportunity. I've been hired by three clients already in three days, but none full time, thank goodness!
So, I'll not be walking around the farm looking for work, but we will be living there and enjoying it a lot more than ever before. Thanks for your support and humoring me for all these years. Those of you who have worked for us there at adplex, thank you for your loyalty and for working like dogs to make me look good. You are all such great workers. I couldn't be more proud.
And to my kids, Amber and Molly, you both have been great employees and have made me proud. Thank you both for being such great kids. Forgive me for all the times I was on the road or at the office. I meant well for you. I really did.
And to Mikki, I love you and you have been a trooper! I could never imagine finding a mate to spend my life with that could have been more supportive, yet balancing as you. You are a jewel and I love you deeply. I look forward to spending a lot of quality time with you at Go Away Farm and on the road seeing some sights.
Its been a wonderful ride, but as Mikki said today, "You've been on the first car of this roller coaster, but I've been on the back." I still don't know if that was a bad or good statement. Not sure if the front car was always the best vantage point.
I do not regret a minute of my time at adplex. What a great privilege its been to found and run such an awesome place and get to work with such outstanding talent. I am most blessed!