I’ve been quieter than usual lately because I’ve been busy wrapping up 13 years of my life at Ben Bridge Jeweler. On Monday, November 1, I will be joining Banyan Branch, a Seattle-based social media agency, as an Engagement Manager, and I couldn’t be more excited.
In 1997, I started my career at Ben Bridge Jeweler at the height of the holiday season, during which I learned to quickly catch the ball and get in the game. Over the past 13 years, Ben Bridge has seen solid and steady growth, and so have I. The last 2 years were especially thrilling, as I chose to color outside the corporate lines with great results, while learning from so many brilliant minds in the jewelry industry and beyond. So why am I leaving an organization as stable and well respected as Ben Bridge? Simply put, I’ve been given the chance to evolve and grow with Banyan Branch, and it’s the kind of opportunity that I just can’t turn down. More importantly, this would not have happened without your support. Yes, you. I’ve made numerous wonderful friends during my involvement with Social Media Club Seattle, Social Media Breakfast Seattle, Gnomedex, plus many more camps and events. All of you have challenged me to push my own limits, and for that I’m grateful.
Seattle is one of the most active social media hubs. I’m very fortunate to be part of this fantastic community. Thanks to Kevin Urie for starting SMC Seattle and being such an inspirational leader, and my fellow board members at both SMC Seattle and SMB Seattle for setting such admirable examples in community building, mentoring and thought leadership. I must also thank Ed Bridge, Jon Bridge and my team at Ben Bridge Jeweler, who have helped me grow for over a decade, and trusted me to take the Ben Bridge brand into the social space. I won’t lie though; it’s hard to say goodbye to @BenBridgeGirl. She’s been such a lovely constant companion.
I’m really looking forward to new adventures at Banyan Branch, where I’ll have the chance to assist some incredible brands with engagement and movement. I hope you’ll continue to ask me the hard questions and give me straightforward feedback. As always, I’m wide open on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and I’m sure we’ll see more of each other, both on and offline!