Dear ATSC Members, Coworkers, Associates, and Friends:
I’ll try my best not to bury the lead: after a decade+ with the Advanced Television Systems Committee, I have decided to pursue a new opportunity in another industry. My first day was February 8, 2006. My last day will be August 10, 2016. (3,836 days! It would have been serendipitous to make it to an even 4k, but alas.) Stating “this decision was difficult” is the understatement of the century. The requisite heart-felt thank yous:
Members: In the very best of situations, I’d have the opportunity to gush with gratitude for every individual involved in the ATSC, face to face - unfortunately, geography makes that impossible. ATSC members are some of the finest people I have ever encountered: intelligence beyond measure, studies in cooperation and kindness, and terrific senses of humor. That these men and women shoulder the bulk of standards work as volunteers is a fact that never fails to make my Grinch heart swell three sizes. Specifically, I am forever grateful for John Taylor, Rich Chernock, and Dave Arland. This trio made my job much easier, and much more fun.
Board of Directors: The ATSC Board is a group possessing both heart and grit, a rare combination. I was fortunate to witness the process of passionate leaders, and I learned quite a bit about strategic thinking just from sitting on the sidelines. It’s been an invaluable experience.
Staff: There is no possible way I can do the ATSC staff justice. A mentor like Mark Richer is the ultimate blessing, and will never be replicated.* Jerry and Daro are paragons of patience and humor and stability and everything that is right and true in this world. I know exactly what I am sacrificing by choosing to move on. In a life which is filled with men, they are my greats.
Beginning mid-August, I will be working in Member Engagement and Development for the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. I am looking forward to the challenge of learning 4,800 (!) new names and faces, but I’m spending my last few days here hovering between that excitement and… unbridled terror. Change is scary, but if I’ve learned anything from being a part of the ATSC, it is how to handle change with grace.
I am very aware of the cliché that is the “please keep in touch” sign-off, but I couldn’t be more genuine about the sentiment. My schedule is always open for the good people of DTV standards development, whether you are local or just passing through the nation’s capital. If Mark has taught me anything, it’s to appreciate a good martini. Drinks are on me.
Thank you for allowing me to be a member of this family. It was an honor.
* (I limited myself to only one Star Trek reference. You’re very welcome.)