In February of 2000, I left a wonderful job as the Art Director of a science museum to join up with a small start-up training company named Interactive Fun! (the exclamation mark was part of the name!). I was the third employee, and after our marketing director left a year later, it was down to just Josh and me. It seemed like almost a crazy move at the time, but I reasoned that I was young enough that if it didn’t work out, it wouldn’t be too catastrophic. To be fair, Josh took a fairly big chance on me. I had no background in training, and my first job was to hit the road and do 32 site assessments across the Southeast for a national chain of printers, produce detailed assessment reports, and then create training based on my observations. It was trial by fire, and like most things we did back then, we were making it up as we went along.
Over the years, Interactive Fun! has become Lodestone Digital, and the company has grown to become one of the largest providers of Authorized Adobe Training in the country. We opened offices in Cleveland and New York, and offered satellite training in Houston and Boston. Along the way we’ve trained in almost every state in the country (I never went to North Dakota) and I personally have logged over 175,000 miles in frequent flier points. It has been an absolute blast.
However, life is about changes, and a couple of months ago I had a wonderful opportunity open to me. As some of you know, I’ve been writing titles for lynda.com for about a year now. My first title, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics, was recorded in Garrick Chow’s office in Harrisburg, PA. The booth was tiny, not air-conditioned, and my days frequently had me recording from 9 in the morning to 2 or 3 the next morning. As you can imagine, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve recorded seven additional titles, including Adobe’s in-box training for Dreamweaver’s CS4 release. The work is very rewarding, and the people in the lynda.com organization are top-notch from top to bottom. So when the chance to become a full-time author was offered to me, I had a very tough decision to make. In the end, I decided that once again I had been presented with an opportunity that was just too good to pass up.
So today I’d like to publicly announce that I’m leaving Lodestone Digital as Director of Training to accept a position as a full-time author at lynda.com. I’m extremely excited about what the future holds and what I can accomplish as a part of the lynda.com team. I want to thank all my colleagues and past clients at Lodestone Digital, it was a true joy working with all of you.
Of course, now it’s full steam ahead. I’m about to start work on my next title, and this blog will become much more active as I discuss what I’m working on, where I’m going to be speaking during the year, and answering questions from lynda.com subscribers. I’d like to thank you all for your support and I can’t wait to get started!!
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