Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Partly Cloudy / Mostly Sunny

It is a good day when departing one gig is a little sad (you still love it) and starting another gig is really exciting. All at the same time. I am fortunate on both fronts.

Yes it is true after 11 years, I am departing my post at the AGIO. This decision occurred following a number of conversations, reflection and consideration of my priorities; faith, family, fun, and work. I appreciate the opportunity I have had to help develop a sustainable office that brings true value to the citizens of the state of Arkansas.

I will miss the AGIO. This decision did not come easy. Shelby Johnson has served as a boss, friend and colleague for 10 years. His management style has allowed me to do (get away with) a lot of things. My resignation is the result of a great opportunity to work on new challenges. I have been lucky to serve with a great group of people performing a job I enjoy. I wish nothing but the best for the entire AGIO team.

The opportunity to work for a well established company with a rich history will offer new challenges, experiences and opportunities. I am looking forward to joining the Sanborn team and jumping into the 'what's next' phase of this adventure.

Thank you all; for the kind words many of you have expressed via email, text, twitter, voice mail... I apologize for not responding directly to each of you individually.

Hope to catch up with you in one of several locations over the course of the next couple of months.
1.    I will reside in Little Rock, AR (duck hunting)
2.    I will be in Colorado Springs, CO - next week (ping me if you are in the area)
3.    I plan to attend FOSS4G in Denver, CO
4.    I plan to attend NSGIC in Boise, ID

Personal reflection:
* Shelby yelled at me the 3rd day on the job. I might have deserved it.
* Shelby has owned 2 dogs since I have worked here and he truly hated one of them.
* My oldest daughter was 3 months old when I began work at the AGIO. She just started 6th grade.
* More than doubled the size of my family while working at the AGIO.
* Had no experience with government when I started at the AGIO.
* Had the opportunity to work with executives at the highest level of AR government.
* I have owned 2 pairs of boots since I have worked here and nearly cried when I had to retire the first pair.
* I have had the support of a great community of GIS users in the state (AR GIS Users).
* Learned the value of open data.
* Had the opportunity work with numerous county folks on their gis efforts that continue to flourish.
* Have developed a deep appreciation for a virtual community that includes a number of people I would not recognize in a line up but feel like I know.
* Been here 10 years and I packed all my stuff in 2 small boxes. Including #Geoglitterduck
* Lessons Learned; communication trumps everything else, technology is rarely the issue/people usually are, if a technology doesn't support a business process (reevaluate), if you aren't making mistakes you aren't trying hard enough.

Little known fact
Grew up and have lived in the south all of my life. Plan to stay here. Found out a couple of years ago; I get sick if I go over 10,000 feet (yes, even following all the rules). So I had to check to see what altitude Colorado Springs was at.


  1. Love this blog! Learon, best of adventures in your new job. See you in Boise!

  2. Best wishes. TIPS: When in Colorado Springs, a quick retreat for a walk in the Garden of the Gods clears the mind. Watch out for crazy bicyclists who think they own the road rather than share the road. Cripple Creek is barely UNDER 10,000 feet.

  3. We still going fishing in Boise? Congratulations on the new gig and the courage to explore new territory.

  4. Always meaning in your moves. Best!

  5. It was just a matter of time. Enjoy the new terrain, I'm sure you'll knock 'em dead. It's a big 'ol crazy world, you gotta get out there and experience as much of it as you can, while you can.

    All the best to you and your family. I still hope to see you around.

  6. Congratulations Learon, hope to keep in touch after you cross over.

    Please don't shoot anything unless you plan to eat it (that's a consulting joke, not a duck hunting comment - but I think you know what I mean).

  7. Best wishes with this exciting opportunity good buddy! I'll see you at FOSS4G.

  8. Carol: Thank You
    Steve: Thanks for the tip
    Lynda: yes
    Danielle: I'd like to think so, but don't give me to much credit.
    Dave: Thank you for the lessons. I will still be around.
    Steve: My digits are the same.
    AJ: Looking forward to a cigar


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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States