02-21-2013 12:11 PM
Henry made Craig an offer that he would have been absolutely insane to pass up. Seriously - it's a fantastic opportunity for Craig, and I totally understand why he went for it.
Since no one is offering me an Executive VP / Evangelist position, I'm not going anywhere.
02-21-2013 12:12 PM
BTW, Craig will be transitioning over gradually - we'll still have him here for three months or so.
02-21-2013 12:36 PM
I would love to read your article Phil, to bad I get a 'The message you are trying to access is not available.'
02-21-2013 01:09 PM - edited 02-21-2013 08:57 PM
Let me clarify a few things.
I have consulted to Gibson on and off for seven years. It has always been a wonderful, challenging, and educational experience. I was asked to consult again on another project, and went to Nashville for a meeting. There I was offered what is essentially the opportunity of a lifetime. I was the only person under consideration for the job, and Gibson made very sure that I would take it.
History repeats itself. When I moved my SSS forum from Musicplayer.com in 2005, I had seven offers of where to take it. HC wanted to make sure I would choose them, and acted accordingly.
Obviously, it was very difficult for me to leave HC. But, I also felt that I could leave now because of several factors:
There is a 90-day transition period where I will continue in my present capacity, and oversee an orderly transition. In fact, Gibson specifically said that taking good care of HC during this transition was a priority. So, your being stuck with me for a while longer is actually part of my job description with Gibson
We now have a solid foundation for the platform, which allows doing so many things we couldn't do before.
Although I'm the "face" of HC, this has always been a team effort in the strongest possible sense of the word. Losing any one of us would have equal impact. Conversely, all of us can fill in for each other at a moment's notice.
The current team will be augmented. The exact details remain to be worked out, but I've recommended some people who I think are a perfect fit for the community.
The new platform indicates the depth of commitment to Harmony Central. Yes, it was probably pushed out too soon because the old platform was non-functional, and I was a factor in saying it was worth the risk because an incomplete platform was better than no platform at all. So, I take responsibility for that gamble. However, work behind the scenes is ongoing. The punch list is extensive and shaped by the feedback from the community.
And by the way...I'm not dying or going to Mars or anything. HC will always be a click away on my computer. I will continue to update articles when possible, and don't be surprised if I nuke some spammers whenever I see them
I believe Harmony Central's best days lie ahead. As long as people like Phil, Jon, Dendy, Chris, and Reek are involved, they know how this ship needs to be pointed. They are as good a bunch of people as you will find anywhere, and they understand and respect this community.
I do have one advantage in that I know what the plans are for the future. I don't think it's my place to say what those plans are, but that gave me the confidence of knowing HC would be in good hands.
Again, let me emphasize that working with Gibson on this level is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I definitely have more years behind me than ahead of me, and it was "seize the day" time. Even companies I consulted to for decades, to whom I will no longer consult, were happy for me and conveyed the dominant opinion..."You would have to be insane not to take that opportunity."
You're in very good hands, far better than the situation we've had the last couple years when we didn't even know if the forum would open when we clicked on it. I am not being pushed away from Harmony Central, I am being attracted to Gibson...big difference.
In a recent interview, I was asked why I thought HC had such staying power,and the implication was that I had something to do with it. It's not me, it's not even Phil, Jon, Dendy, Chris, or Reek. I said "It’s the community that has the staying power and makes Harmony Central what it is. I’m just a very active part of the community. You don’t give credit to the wine glass for the wine that it contains."
It's gonna be fine.
02-21-2013 01:47 PM
Good luck there Craig.
Maybe you can fix my post count before you head out.
02-21-2013 02:31 PM
02-21-2013 03:51 PM
phil you can be my evangelist
Chat crüe is srs crüe
02-21-2013 05:51 PM
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