Making moves. I am always looking for that next opportunity. Always searching for what’s new. Always trying to keep it fresh. So…I am leaving my job as the social media manager at corporate Vail Resorts. I am moving on to my biggest challenge yet: I am going to be a full-time stay-at-home-dad. Yes. This is happening.
For the record: everyone at Vail Resorts is amazing, wonderful, and they are extremely talented people. I love that company and wish everyone there nothing but success. It’s been an honor to be part of that team for the last few years. So many great memories…
But I’m just leaving my career? Just like that?
If having a job at a corporation is what defines a career, then yes. I guess I am.
In my true opinion my ‘career’ is just taking off. I have no idea what’s to come and there is something very exciting about that, as terrifying as it seems right now. And one awesome thing about the social/digital world is that I can definitely stay active. In this field one must remain active in some capacity or you’ll miss…a LOT.
So what will I do about that?
I have a few projects of my own. One is this blog, all about social and digital media, branding, and some randomness that falls under the marketing umbrella. Another is to see about doing some social media consulting for businesses (more to come on that one down the line a little bit). Another is my new stay-at-home-dad adventure blog, DadWerk. I want this to be a place for people to follow along with my crazy dad experiences during this immense change, through visual content. You won’t find any several-paragraph-long essays. It’s not a journal. It’s a media hub for my dad excursion. Photos, animated GIFs, videos, and a bunch of what not – all in the name of telling a story. If you care to follow along, too, give the Facebook page a like (I feel really dirty right now actually suggesting a ‘like’).
I will still be around (Denver is home). I will still be following social business very closely and writing about it. I will still watch sports like it is my actual job.
Let’s get this adventure started.
As many of you know, I am leaving my post as the marketing and social media manager at Keystone Resort. My wife landed a dandy of a new job back down the mountain and we decided to go for it. It’s a great situation for our family and would allow me to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a trophy husband.
Or so I thought. It’s good news.
I am delighted to announce that I will now be moving to the corporate office for Vail Resorts, in Broomfield, and will be the new Manager of Social Media for corporate. Ironically, my wife’s job is in the exact same business park. Our buildings can be seen from one another. Funny, since we started our careers working two buildings apart, on the same campus for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, NE several years ago.
It’s an interesting situation when your mind is starting to get comfortable with the thought of being home every day with your one and a half year old son, with each day as a new adventure. All of that sounds amazing, right? Yes, well, I apparently am one of those people that also really cares about my career and where it goes. Max will be fine, really. In fact, he’ll be better off come college time if Mom and Dad both work. Looking for a nanny as we speak.
I want it to keep going, keep growing. I want my career to be with social media for the indefinite future. I want to stay in the ski industry. This opportunity allows me to not only stay with the same company and industry, but to now also touch all of Vail’s resorts and properties. It’s a bigger picture role and one that I am thrilled to be jumping into. There’s so much opportunity. Social is still so young. It will be quite fun.
The team Vail Resorts has in place and all of the resort social/online managers are second to none. I am so excited to work closer with these folks and continue to help lead VR into the future as the leader in the social/digital space in this industry and beyond for years to come.
More to come in the weeks and months ahead. I can’t wait to take this one on…
I promise, he was totally OK. He is just nuts. And hilarious.