It’s official: I’ve landed a new job!
As I sit here on the lanai of the 25th floor room in the Ilikai hotel here in Hawaii overlooking the beach, palm trees and azure blue ocean, I remind myself that I need to truly relax and enjoy this downtime because it may be a long time before I get to relax like this again. That’s right, the months of blogging, tweeting, posting photos and videos and general socializing among the wine world has finally paid off.
Last week, I accepted the position of Social Marketing Manager for Vintage Wine Estates in Windsor, CA. Vintage Wine Estates represents a family of eight wineries along with a wine accessories brand. As the Social Marketing Manager, I will be responsible for digital media marketing and PR for all the different brands. I am scheduled to start my job on September 28th and will be moving from Seattle to the Sonoma area on September 25th. I’ve been negotiating this job and have known about this for nearly 3 weeks, so why wait till now to finally announce it?
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I was absent from online conversations for last few weeks. When I was interviewing for this position, I started to remodel our utility room in our house. By the time I finally received an offer, the utility room was gutted and waiting for a facelift. My new employer wanted me to start sooner, but I already had vacation plans scheduled and my remodel was well under way so I negotiated a later date. But that meant I had to really work diligently to finish everything I needed to get done before I even could mention this to anyone. Blogging or tweeting about my new job meant that I would have to devote time to socializing with everyone about it—time that would take away from remodeling. Very few family and friends even knew about this because I didn’t have time to get together with people before I left. It will be a quick departure with no long drawn-out farewells. Just the way I like it.
So now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the tropical breezes and eating lots of my favorite foods. I have time now to respond to comments and reply to tweets. And what about my wife, Sheri? Is she also moving down to California with me? For now, Sheri is staying in Seattle. We decided that it doesn’t make sense to make such a big move without first seeing how things work out and checking out the area for housing options. It also gives us time to consider what to do with our house in Seattle. Home values being what they are, we may decide to rent our house until the market improves and we can actually make some money from the sale.
I’m looking forward to working in the area and getting to know folks whom I’ve only met briefly or online. If you’re going to be in the Napa/Sonoma area starting next month and would like to taste wines or just hang out, give me a call at 206-369-1696. Cheers!