After a quarter of a century with AT&T, Mad Dog is shifting gears and will be moving his talents to a new company. To all the family and friends who have remained loyal to the brand throughout his career, we appreciate you.
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We are Florida bound!
It is hard to feel completely at ease moving during a pandemic, but we are taking the longview knowing in our hearts it is where we are meant to be; close to family, long-time friends and saltwater breezes.
We have already found our Amelia Island home. We can’t wait to be so close to the beach!
When your life has revolved around one company for so many years, it is a lot to digest as the magnitude of leaving it behind settles in. Mad Dog and I have met some of the most incredible people that we are lucky to call our friends. We are so grateful they will continue to be a part of lives as we move forward.
All this nostalgia got me thinking back to when I first met Mad Dog. Initially, I often wondered if we were compatible. He was a quiet yet intense go-getter poised to crush the business world. I was an empathic social worker intent on saving the world one troubled soul at at time. Mad Dog sensed this divide, too. At one point I remember him considering a leadership position with the American Cancer Society. I knew the non-profit sector wasn’t where he belonged, but it made me love him all the more for his thoughtful consideration of this.
As I watched him earn his promotion as the youngest (at the time) GM of a call center, I started to see firsthand the scope of his leadership impact. He expected excellence on the job, but he also encouraged accountability across all facets of life. One of my favorite stories regarding this career-defining time of Mad Dog’s life, is how he mentored one of his coaches into becoming the first college graduate ever in her family. These types of exceptional stories became the norm.
That’s when I knew we were meant for each other. We both valued making the world better than how we found it. It may have presented differently for both of us, but the theme of lifting others up was the common thread that ultimately wove our lives together.
For me, the debt of gratitude I feel for AT&T knows no bounds. Not only in the beautiful life it has afforded us, but because of the outstanding medical benefits provided that allowed both our boys to have top-notch eye care and sight-saving surgeries. I won’t go into detail, but if you would like to read more about these experiences, click the links below.
The video below (Mad Dog starts speaking around the 3:40 marker), is the full circle culmination of where it all started for Mad Dog as he helped re-launch a high-tech, revitalized Chicago North call center. This is the moment I am the most proud of in his career. The way he speaks to our experiences with our boys and their vision challenges as well as our gratitude for AT&T says it all.
While it is hard to say goodbye, as we look back it reminds us of all that has happened we never imagined would. That is why we can take this leap of faith with confidence. In this new phase if we encounter even a fraction of the kind of awesome people and experiences we did with AT&T, then we are certain the road ahead will be paved with more wonder than we ever dreamed possible.
Thank you for reading and see you at the beach!