imageIt is that time of year again, that many of us celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving.  A time to gather with friends and family as well as reflect back on the prior year and give thanks for all of the blessings and good fortunes we have to be thankful for.  Because of this, I want to take this opportunity to break away from our regular content here on the Blog and use this time to say, “Thank you.” 

Over this past year at work, I have had the opportunity to work as a member of two new teams here at Microsoft.  First as a new member of the Worldwide Partner Group Team starting late last October, then again in July as a member of the Worldwide SMS&P Product Management Team.  Getting to meet and work with all of these new team members has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to continuing those relationships moving forward.  Also through these new teams, I have also had the opportunity to meet and interact with so many Partners from around the world through numerous different venues such as meetings, presentations, Live Meetings, the Blog, TWITTER, other social media engines, and many other ways.  As I have said countless times before, our Partners are the face of Microsoft to our customers everywhere.  It is with our Partners that we succeed together and it is to them that I am incredibly thankful for all that you do every day, including helping your clients address their needs through technology solutions, including those offered by Microsoft. 

On the personal side, I am also thankful for the wonderful family and friends I have and have had the pleasure to share this past year with.  Whether it is the new friends we have here in our new home of Washington state or our long-time friends from back in the Midwest.  Including personal friends I have met in everyday life to co-workers and Microsoft Partners from around the world that have become my friends as well.  From my immediate family that I have the joy of waking up to in the morning and going home to every night to extended family members, either still with us today or those we unfortunately lost this past year, but who were generous enough to have shared their time here on Earth with us to make our lives that much richer and fuller.  A very sincere thank you to all of you. 

As one of my favorite quotes states, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

So to all of you that I have the privilege and opportunity to communicate with, work with, and connect with day in and day out, regardless if it is every day, or only a few times per year, a sincere thank you for bringing everything you have woven into my life.  I hope that in some way I have been able to return the favor at least in some small way to you.

With that, let me end by wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving, whether it is a holiday for you or not, and a heartfelt, “Thank You,” for everything this past year.

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Thank you and have a wonderful day,

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