I'm horrible with time but I feel like I've been a part of this community for at least 8 years. Maybe longer, it's hard to say. I've watched the site grow. I've watched the meets grow (I remember running into Ray at a local meet when he was first starting out so it must have been awhile ago:) And I've watched the industry grow. Turns out that our little hobby isn't so little nowadays. It's wild to look back and to think about what we've all been a part of.
Over the years, I've developed fantastic friendships and I look forward to each and every meet that I'm lucky enough to attend. I try to share relevant industry knowledge. I helped put together that great community video where Jude talks about how the site connects us all. And I like to think that I contribute with my music features. I feel very much at home here on Head-Fi. So comfortable in fact that I wanted to personally reach out to everyone and share 2 great bits of personal news.
This weekend, I'll be giving a lecture on hearing health conservation and in-ear monitors at TourLink. This is a huge deal for me. TourLink is the only backline and touring professional industry conference and it's where the concert industry gives out the annual Top Dog Awards. This is our version of The Grammy's. Well, at least The Grammy's for all the people behind the scenes. (The heroes that do it night after night to make the magic happen.) And while I'm certainly not up for any award, being asked to speak at an event like this sure feels like winning the top-honors. Not only that, but a lot of my friends from the industry are nominated for the awards and I'm thrilled to be there to celebrate with them. It just goes to show you when you're in it together, everyone rises up over time. To me, this is quite a parallel to what I see in our community.
The second thing that I wanted to share is that as of last Monday, I took over as Sales Director for Ultimate Ears. I have some pretty big shoes to fill from my predecessors and I'm grateful that they built such an amazing team for me to work with. Truth be told, I'm feeling like one of the luckiest people on the planet right about now. I have a beautiful happy family, I have great friends, and I have a music lover's dream job. The only thing that makes all of this even sweeter is that I know that I can do a lot more with UE and Head-Fi and that makes me very happy indeed. So with that, here's to a fantastic 2014 and here's to UE being even more involved on the boards.
If there's ever anything that I can do for anyone, I'm a PM away but it's easier to shoot me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org Please let me know how we can do better and how we can take care of you.
Thanks to everyone who's ever read any of my threads and to all of you who have always been there for me over the years. Much appreciated.