I must confess…my camera has been a little lonely the past 6 months. Why?
When my wife and I moved to Seattle in 2008, we LOVED IT! Candidly, we still do. But, when we started having kids in 2012, we realized that while it was a great city for us (Kami and I), it was not necessarily where we wanted to raise a family. So we started prayerful considering where we wanted to raise our kids. Bend Oregon was a town that continually rose to the top of our wish list.
In August of 2016 I drove down to Bend to do some networking and see what job opportunities I could find. I drove into Bend knowing only 2 people in town. In the three days I was there I was able to meet with a dozen business men and women. They all were gracious to make connections to other folks which gave me a great network of people to work with in my effort to explore possible job opportunities.
One of the business men I was connected with was Dwight Johnson, the founder and owner of the Bend Soap Company. He was gracious to meet with me with the aim of introducing me to other contacts who may have relevant career opportunities I could pursue. One week after we met, he called me and asked if I would consider going to work with him.
I spent the next three moths doing a S.W.O.T. analysis for Dwight and his company in an effort to evaluate if it was an opportunity that would be a good fit for all of us. I shared my analysis with Dwight and Marilee in September of 2016. They responded by contracting me to oversee all their marketing efforts remotely from Seattle through the rest of the year.
Those months afforded us the time to confirm that we had a great working dynamic! As a result, Dwight and Marilee extended an offer for me in January of 2017 to become the C.O.O. of the Bend Soap Company. I accepted with NO HESITATION! I was thrilled. It was an ideal fit and a great opportunity! By the end of March, I had found a home and relocated my family to Bend Oregon!
Part of the motivation for moving to Bend was having better access to all of the outdoor activities we love to do as a family. Instead of driving 2 hours to go skiing, I now drive 30 minutes to arrive at the base of the ski slopes.