It’s official – I have a new job (woohoo!).  For the last 3 years while I’ve been getting to know all of you and putting as much code/application information on this site as possible, I have also been managing our specification team for New England.  At times it has been a struggle to do both, hence the late-night blog posts.

But this part of my job is what I love to do, and I strongly believe that it’s valuable to the door and hardware industry and beyond.  So I proposed a new role, a lot of people within our company supported it, and the position was created.  I am so excited to have this opportunity, and it’s terrific that the company recognizes the value of what I do.

I’ve spent the week in San Antonio at our annual sales meeting, and it has been a very informative and energizing week.  My new position was announced here, and of course everyone wanted to know what I was going to be doing.  The title is Manager, Codes and Resources, and I will be working to develop needed resources (many of them code-related but not all), for use internally by our employees, and externally by hardware suppliers, architects, end users, security integrators, code officials…anyone who needs the information.  I have a lot of ideas and I will be prioritizing them over the next couple of weeks while helping to transition my spec team through the changes.

I will continue my blog as an official part of my new role, and I’m planning to expand it and improve it now that I have a little more time to devote to it.  I think it’s a great way to share information and have two-way conversations.  We had a guest speaker today, Lee Corso, who stressed the importance of relationships, and then mentioned that social networking makes relationships more difficult to create.  I respectfully disagree.  I have gotten to know so many of you in the last three years, even if we have not yet met face-to-face.  I hope you feel the same way.

I recently found out that my blog was nominated for an Ingersoll Rand Chairman’s Award, after receiving a President’s Award last year.  Convincing the voters of the value of social media, blogging, and codes vs. the other great nominees may be a long shot, but I’m thrilled with the exposure iDigHardware has received in the process.  By serendipity, celestial alignment, or some other guiding force, I ended up on the escalator with our chairman, Mike Lamach, the other night.  We had a few minutes to talk, and I was surprised to find out that he was well aware of the site, and knew about the engagement of the readers.  You’re famous!  🙂

I look forward to my new job, and to continuing to work with all of you on whatever you need to help understand and communicate the codes or any other facet of our industry.  Feel free to leave a comment at any time…I read every one and would love to hear your ideas about what would be useful to you.   And if you have an opinion about using social media to develop “real” relationships, I’m all ears.

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