Ummm, no. I hadn’t.
I didn’t even know that Capstrat was looking to fill such a position. Cord went on to explain that he is doing more and more stuff that you would expect an Executive Vice President to do and needed someone who could handle most of the day-to-day stuff he used to take care of. Then he mentioned that he thought I would be a good fit. Part development, part usability, part search, part understanding content and search, part client pitching and part coordinator.
Although I was caught off guard, I could see what a fantastic opportunity it was for me, so I agreed to go in and talk to a few people about it. Of course as I was waiting at the reception desk, I ran into Allison and Shane who both said, “Hey Phil, what are you doing here?” I dodged it as best as I could.
After talking with Virginia, who spent more time with me than she probably had time to, I was starting to see what Cord was talking about. Virginia was pretty much handling most of what Cord had told me about before dedicating herself to client services.
Then I had a chance to talk with Karen Albritton who was completely open and blunt, both of which I loved. Then Ken Eudy came by and grabbed me for a few minutes. I felt like I could have sat and talked with him for a couple of hours, but he was heading out.
I finished up by talking with my friend Cord, but in a slightly different way. I’m glad I was already friends with Cord because it let us talk without any formal trappings. I told him my concerns, he answered them straight.
What came next was much harder. I had to go talk to my other long-time friend, and current boss Michael Hubbard at Media Two. Michael had gone out of his way to bring me into the Media Two family. I think it was a good fit right from the start and I loved working there, and some of my best friends also worked there, now I had to tell him that I was leaving.
Michael is a lot like me, so I know he gets the whole “it’s the next logical move for me” concept but I also bet he feels like I just kicked him in the shins. He handled the whole episode very graciously, as I knew he would. That’s the reason in my short stay there dozens of people tried to get hired in there.
So next week I will be starting down a new path. I hope to help the super talented people at Capstrat do even greater work in the coming months.