The Next Chapter in My Life starts June 18th!

If you been stopping by my blog lately (and who isn’t), you might have noticed the countdown widget on the right…

Since February 4th, 2008, I’ve worked for a great organization that has helped me keep a roof over my family and food on their plates. I’ve learned a lot, and more importantly, I’ve made some great friendships.

The biggest challenge with this position has been the drive to and from work each day. My drive would take a little over an hour each way, and that was on a good day. On some winter days, it has taken me over three hours to get home. Even if I’ve had a great day at work, the drive home each day would ruin it… so much so that it was having a negative impact with my family. I was coming home angry. My family doesn’t deserve that. Combine that with the fact that my son was starting preschool in the fall, and it was becoming clear that something had to change.

Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, and with the support of my family, I can now say that on June 14th, I will no longer be working for my current employer.

Starting on Monday, June 18th, I will be working for a privately owned company located in downtown Detroit. I don’t want to publicly say where at this time, mostly because I am not familiar with their social media policy, but let’s just say that it’s a great organization that is a huge supporter of Detroit with a belief in it’s future. My future employer is also very family friendly.

By working in downtown Detroit, it cuts my 1+ hour drive each way down to 18 minutes each way! I will also continue to be in the Yellowverse, because I will be not only continuing my work in IBM Lotus Notes/Domino, but my new employer has embraced Lotus software, so I will be working to improve performance, enhance security and be an evangelist for Lotus software in the organization, with hopeful opportunities to show everyone what it can do!

This does mean that I will no longer work with some great people, but with all of the different ways to keep in touch with me, I’m sure that they won’t be gone from my life, just not there every day like they are now… (Some of them are taking me to a great place called Clubhouse BFD after work on Wednesday… stop on by…)

I’m excited, nervous, anxious, and sad… but I think that this is all for the best! “The Lord works in mysterious ways…”

Now, as Bob Segar would say, time to ‘Turn the Page’…

  • Lisa Duke


  • Roy Rumaner

    Congratulations Ray. Best of luck with the new gig. Did you get them to pay for MWLUG? I expect to see you there.

  • Congrats, Ray!  Best wishes in the new gig!

  • Barry Rosen

    Great News! Keep Detroit Yellow!

  • Congrats on the new opportunity!

  • WOOT!!!!!!!!

  • Chris Whisonant

    Congrats Ray!!! Great to hear!

  • Congratulations, Ray!  Very happy to hear this.  Best of luck to you!

  • Carl tyler

    Congrats and good luck!

  • Good  luck Ray!

  • Dan Soares

    Good to hear Ray. Congrats!


  • Devin Olson

    “And there was much rejoicing!”  
    I’m SO happy for you my friend.   Is this the thing we spoke about?

  • Mike McGarel


  • Congratulations! Family is important, and I am happy you get to stay in the yellowverse! Stay yellow, my friend.

  • Joe Litton

    That is FANTASTIC, Ray. You deserve this!!! I am extremely happy for you and hereby pledge to down a beer very shortly to toast to your great success in the new position. Cheers!!

  • Congratulations Ray! I am so happy for you and your family. I wish you all the best. I also can totally relate the long drives and the stress it includes. 18 mins to work sounds grand! 😉

  • Congrats!  Glad to here you found something that is family friendly and still in the yellowverse.