Saturday, July 18, 2009
I am going to be serious for a moment.....
Earlier this week I announced my departure from Capital Legal Solutions. I worked at Capital Legal Solutions from 2003-2006 and again from 2008-2009. There are so many wonderful memories of my years at Capital Legal that I thought I would share a few here to honor a great group of people and a company that I will always hold close to my heart.
I originally joined Capital Legal Solutions as a "roll of the dice" decision in 2003. I had worked my entire career at that point at Balmar, Inc. (over 11 years) and was suffering from serious burnout and needed a game changer in my life. I met Dharmesh Shingala, a humble small business owner at the time, who had a vision of creating one of the few electronic discovery organizations in the Washington, D.C. area at that point. When I joined on board, the company was comprised of only about 10 people with one office based just outside of Washington, D.C. During those first few months we would get a few projects at a time and I remember when big projects were considered (for a short period) to be 20-30GB of data. Within about eight months the company had grown to about twenty five people and by the summer of 2005 we were near fifty people and were opening up operations in India to compliment our D.C. offices and support business overseas.
The people and the company were riding high and the "roll of the dice" decision to join CLS had paid off with great rewards. Everyone worked day, night and weekends to meet our clients needs. As each month went by the revenue of the company grew and so did the infrastructure. As a result of a few tropical storms that hit the area during that period we installed a back-up generator and had a crane lift this mega-monster of a piece of equipment six stories to the roof of the building one weekend. Whenever a bad storm hits---the power remains on at CLS. I had the opportunity to work with people of varying cultures and with some of the best educational backgrounds. We developed a marketing strategy together and we collaborated as a team on best practices to meet our clients needs. With no traditional sales force we were all doing quite well. Sure...we had challenging days as any rapidly growing company would but we always recovered quickly.
Every year for a number of years we were involved in the annual Lawyers Have a Heart - 10K Race in Washington, D.C. One year I decided to lace up the old track shoes and run in the event based on several members of our youthful staff encouraging me on and my belief that I was still the track star that I was 15 or so years before. Not! I started off strong for the first 1/2 mile and soon felt the aches and pain of my 34 or so years. I remember telling my wife the night before to give me a kiss because I might be kicking the bucket after this run. Well, I did not die but I did finish third to last....overall! A girl who broke her leg just a few months before the race even smoked me.
In 2006 the company continued its growth (over 60 people) and the company president had larger plans. We would celebrate our many victories with pizza parties, Indian food, and client parties thanking them for their business. When the i-Pod Nano first came out we gave our clients a Nano as a gift during the holiday season. The toughest decision for me came when I decided in the summer of 2006 to step aside from CLS to take on a management position at a national litigation support company. Dharmesh and I had a professional business relationship but we also developed a friendship that was based on a mutual trust and admiration. It was a tough call but the right call at that time in my life.
During the 1 1/2 years that I was with this other company I would speak with the staff at CLS from time to time. Dharmesh and I would get together for a drink and talk politics (we both had differing political views) and I made sure that each new year he received the George W. Bush quotable gaffe's calendar. When my company decided to close redundant operations between Washington, D.C. and Tyson's Corner it was Dharmesh who called me out of the blue on my last day (one of the toughest days of my career) to just check in. We had a good talk as friends do and it was his kind words that helped me get through the rest of the afternoon.
During this transition period I had some needed time off and interviewed with numerous companies and had several job offers. When the call came that there was an opening at CLS I jumped at the opportunity to return. I accepted a position and was proud of where Capital Legal had gone during the time I was away. There was a strong Project Management Team, I saw individuals who had personally grown during the time I was away to become stronger leaders in the company and there were many new faces who added great value to an already wonderful group. Having another opportunity to work at the company was great and to see the company continue to expand operations on a global scale during a down economy said quite a bit.
But sometimes it is just time to move on when a great opportunity is presented to you and this is the case today. My family has been blessed by the opportunities and the doors that CLS has opened for us. I have become a better person for having worked with the great people (past and present) of Capital Legal Solutions. Through our triumphs and through the challenges I was humbled and honored to work with such a team of professionals.
As for the man who saw something in a 33 year old "kid" back in the fall of 2003.... I thank you. Thank you for what has been a incredible ride. I thank you for "rolling the dice" on me and for being a believer.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I love making fun of Barrack O'Bama! I know that it may not be the "P.C." thing to do but this guy seems to be getting a free pass at every turn. I have to tell you, if the question was asked of me if I am better off today than I was a year ago I would have to say....HECK NO!
I have watched friends of mine lose their jobs and have watched unemployment jump to close to 10% when Vice President "O"-Biden said it would not surpass 8%. I have watched companies cut employee salaries by half following trends that I have seen written in the Washington Post and New York Times business articles. Ohhhh but O'Bama is O'BAMA and he gets a pass because he is a lightweight and it all must be George Bush's fault....PUHHHHLLEEEEAAAASSSEEEE!
I could not believe it today when I was watching one of the news programs and they were analyzing O'Bama's ass glance of a teenage chick at the G8 Summit and they said he was looking at something on the ground. It must have been the shadow of the ass. Bob Scheiffer of CBS News had to laugh when a Democrat who was on the show tried to explain that O'Bama was looking at something else besides the teenage booty that was walking next to him and he did what most guys would do and took a quick peek!
Now the media fallen in love with that big headed dude as well....what is his name??? "O"-Geitner and I have only seen things get worse. Where has all the stimulus money gone??? Ask O'Geitner because he wants stimulus #2 and he thinks along with the "King of $$$" that they can tax the wealthiest of Americans to make up the increasing deficit. Who could have ever imagined that if you worked hard to become wealthy that wealth would become a dirty word!
This weekend the President returned from his little trip overseas and the media was waiting for him in the wee hours to get a picture of him getting off his plane trying to re-create "O"-Camelot!I have to admit that I got all caught up in the O'Bama madness back in the fall. O'Bama came and spoke literally right across the street from my house in Virginia in the final week or so of the campaign. O'Bama could give one heck of a O'Speech! He still can! He is a teleprompter king. This dude gave me chill bumps when he spoke (Note: I did not get a tingle up my leg like Chris Matthews explained on MSNBC) and I was an O'Believer!!!!
I regret that I made a BIG-O mistake! Granted, the Republicans blew it fielding an old man and Palin. I liked Palin but the media saw a possible threat and did her in! Palin also did herself in a few times but there was a double standard. While Biden was making a mistake a minute he got off with a few media laughs. When Palin fumbled, it became headline news. This is the trend in the media - they did the same thing with that red-headed V.P. of ours back in the campaign of 1988 - Dan Quayle. That is when character assassination in politics truly began in the U.S. media.
So why is it that I am on O'Bama's fanny all the time?
1) It is fun because it is not the P.C. thing to do!
2) I laugh when he still blames Bush for the economy and other "ill's" in the country and does not hold himself accountable. The honeymoon (and date nights on my taxpayer dollars) is over!
3) I have a right! I voted in this last election (for Obama?!?!?!...you guess) and I can criticize with playful humor.
All I can say is that I can't wait for 2012! In the meantime I will praise O'Bama when I feel he has done something right (I am all for Stem Cell Research) and will be on his case when things go bad....unemployment at all time highs, etc.,etc.,etc.,........................!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
WAL-MART. The transition from Target to Walmart is one that we have had to get use to but it is really amazing how much more affordable it is to shop at the Smiley Face store!
The "Giveaway" Syndrome: Some people who shop at Walmart run into the damn store like stuff is being given away. This just does not happen on the holidays...it happens all damn year! Lookout for these people as they will knock you over to get to the $2.00 per case Cokes!
The "Cha-Cha" Moment: So you are going down one of the narrow isles at Walmart and you are navigating through the numerous barriers of junk on the floor when you are cornered by another Walmart customer. They guide their cart in the same direction as yours and you begin the "Cha-Cha" cart dance trying to out guess the other shopper on their next cart move.
The "Happy Face" Sticker: The only time you will see anyone smiling at Walmart is when you get the Happy Face sticker from the old fart who greets you at the door. There seems to be something a bit sinister when an old man hands my little boys a smiley face sticker. "Here you go little boy...let me place this smiley face sticker on your chest." Have these people been background checked? I am like...."DON'T TOUCH MY KID!!!"
DIRT: Why does it seem there is always a thick film of dirt all over Walmart? How does TARGET always look, smell and feel clean while WALMART smells, feels, looks and is DIRTY?
Maybe I just became a snob. Tar-geeeeeetttt (spoken with a French accent) was our place to shop for so many years. Who cares if we spent $300.00 per trip (every weekend) and did not use coupons....life was good! Well, Obama became President and the economy does not seem to be getting any better (as HE promised).
Ohhhh TARGET...how I miss ye!