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Insert Lee Greenwood Lyrics Here

November 11, 2009

I’ve received some flack for my lack of up-keep over the past month, but I feel comfortable attributing my absence to some exciting recent developments.  While in Atlanta for a Regionals tournament during the first weekend of October, I was offered a Nashville-based client services management position at Mozes…and I accepted.

Paraphrasing our CEO’s words, Mozes aims to connect its customers to their audience at the point of inspiration through great mobile experiences. As the mobile phone becomes everyone’s most important device, the company creates billions of trusted connections around the world between people and the things they care about. As a Client Services Manager, I’m responsible for providing strategic services that help clients execute their mobile marketing strategy. Additionally, as live event point person for the company, I also lead all logistics involving the facilitation of in-venue services for live events, conferences, and tours around the country.

Being back in the occupational swing of things has coincided with more travel and less free time.  Over the course of my first month, I’ve already flown to company headquarters in Palo Alto, as well as the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. Both trips provided fantastic means for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. The New York trip was especially appreciated since I was fortunate enough to celebrate Championship #27 in Times Square with thousands of fellow fans. When not traveling, I’ve been catching up to speed on the company platform by day and moving into a new place by night (pictures coming soon).

The job opportunity initially became available as a result of the current manager needing to deploy to Iraq for duty. Thus as one can imagine, the first few weeks with Brian still in the office were paramount to learning as much as possible while he was still accessible. Last Thursday was Brian’s last day at Mozes, so I’ve officially been “on my own” for a week now. Given the circumstances, I figured it was only appropriate to finally update everyone on Veteran’s Day.  Plus, I was inspired after seeing the following reunion video of an excited dog greeting his returning owner:

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I can’t begin to imagine how hard it would be to leave my family for months at a time, especially if my destination was a war zone. The reunion above was successful at two things — making me teary-eyed and increasing my desire to own a dog as soon as possible.

I’ll proudly stand up with the classic Mr. Greenwood to thank all the men and women out there like Brian (and Pat Tillman) who volunteer their services to help protect our country and way of life.

For the gleam in someone’s eyes, bring ’em home

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All That I Am or Ever Hope To Be

May 10, 2009

“Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.” – Louisa May Alcott

In these uncertain times, there’s one person’s love and allegiance I’ll never need to doubt.  A long time ago, my mom decided to make us her life, and she has surpassed this personal goal with flying colors.  Needless to say, I am a pretty lucky guy.  Whether it was triple-checking my perfectionist homework in elementary school, taxi-driving us to practice during my teens, or spoiling with an abundance of my favorite food on visits home, my mom is basically the best.  I won’t even get into all the times where she’s magically quelled my stress out moments.  Being the proud mama’s boy that I am, I’ll salute the old Irish proverb that jokes, “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”

Me and My Mom As Danny Boy Was Entering the Picture

What Many Might Call a Tender Embrace As Danny Boy Enters the Picture

Dressing me in those striking suspenders is reason enough to love her! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom…and to all the other lovely madres out there!