“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.” -Michael Nolan
When the clock strikes 5:00 pm this Friday, I’ll turn off the light and shut the door to my University of Tennessee at Chattanooga office for the last time. I’m proud of the many accomplishments my team and I have had – despite facing some significant challenges – and I wish the University continued success.
I have been presented with an opportunity that has not only captured my interest but has also tapped into my passion for doing work that makes a difference in people’s lives.
On Monday, May 1st, I start a new chapter in my career story – and my life. I am excited to share that I will be the new Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Community Foundation of Broward, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This wonderful opportunity will allow me to use my skills and abilities to have a direct positive impact on a community I love…my hometown.
I grew up in South Florida – Broward County to be specific. I attended k-12 (and grad) school there. My wife and I were married there. We bought our first house there. We still have family and great friends there. I also led communications for the school system and was a PIO for the Sheriff’s Office there. The area is special to me and I’m looking forward to giving back to the community that has given me so much.
The Community Foundation of Broward supports many different issues in an effort to help the county and its residents ‘be greater’. The Foundation has identified 10 Issues that Matter, which serve as focus areas. They include – but are certainly not limited to:
- Addressing the Needs of a Growing 80+ Population
- Economic Independence for Families in Crisis
- Improving the High School Graduation Rate
- Leveraging the Arts to Solve Problems and Build Community
- Supporting Cancer Research and Cancer Patients
- Supporting LGBTQ Rights, Tolerance, and Wellness
- Preparing Young People to Transition to Adult Full-Time Work
- Increasing the Capacity to Care for the Community’s Domesticated and Wild Animals
- Increasing Environmental Stewardship
- Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyles to Combat Youth and Adult Obesity
Not only will I be working on important issues for which I care deeply, I’ll also be working with an excellent group of individuals focused on making real change happen – making this opportunity even more exciting.
I will miss my morning runs along the Tennessee River, eating the amazing pizza at Community Pie, floating along the lazy river in the UTC Aquatic Center, hiking the Rainbow Lake trail, and enjoying waffle cones filled with Clumpies carrot cake ice cream – but it’s time to have new experiences and make new memories.
So I bid farewell to the River City. Be well, my friends. Maybe we’ll see each other on the beach some day?
P.S. – As you’d expect, this blog and my related social media activity will be a lesser priority as I focus my attention on my new job. I will need time to adjust – and to position myself and the organization for success. Then I’ll be better able to determine how much personal time and effort I will be willing and able to dedicate to science communication. I won’t be disappearing completely from the scicomm scene, but I will be less present for the foreseeable future. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact me anytime through LinkedIn or Twitter.
“20 years from now you will be [more] disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain