On June 20, 1994, I arrived in Falls Church, Virginia, for my first day of work at the American Cemetery Association. I was brought in upon the retirement of longtime Cemetery Management editor Lee Shaw to redesign the magazine and to convert it from a cut-and-paste production method to a new innovation called "desktop publishing."
My, how things have changed.
As I complete my last day of work at the very-much-changed ICCFA, I am thankful for my 18 years here. This association has such a positive energy. Its members are always willing to challenge themselves and move past the status quo, and its staff are never content to rest on their laurels but are always saying things such as, "Awesome, we broke an attendance record. Now, what can we do to make sure we bring in even more attendees next year?"
Things were never boring here, never stale and never tired, and yet at the same time, there was precious little drama. It's just a group of people working hard toward the goal of getting bigger and better each year, and for the most part succeeding.
More than anything, of course, I will miss the friendships I've made among both staff and members. The many cards, calls, emails, and Facebook and LinkedIn messages I've received since announcing my departure have been truly, truly appreciated.
The ICCFA will always have a special place in my heart (after all, this is where Joe and I met!), and I hope many of you will keep in touch. If you are not already my friend on Facebook or connected to me on LinkedIn, please look me up.
Farewell, and I'll see you on the 'net!