Eddie Bauer bound

Getting married wasn't a big enough life change, so I decided to take a new job in the same month. I am pleased and very excited to announce that I will be the Social Media Specialist at Eddie Bauer effective May 3. This is a new position at EB and social media is relatively new direction for any company to take, so I am excited about the opportunity to work for a major apparel brand and ultimately help people share meaningful experiences online.

EB has been extremely flexible with me considering my pending nuptials, so the immediate plan there is to get oriented, take off for the wedding and honeymoon and get back to work in June to take on the (social media) world.

You know that I don't talk work a lot here because:

a) That's un-entertaining for must of you to read on a regular basis b) I'd rather not risk saying too much -- an omnipresent threat for any blogger

With that, I haven't shared a lot of the great experiences I've had at Weber Shandwick over the past nearly four years working on clients including Microsoft, GM and the University of Washington.

In just the last few weeks, I've been to LA, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis working on projects for my current clients, the U.S. Army and Samsung. I had the pleasure of helping to launch the first 3D TVs in the U.S. and pull-off a surprise Black Eyed Peas concert in Times Square that included an appearance by James Cameron. It doesn't get any bigger than that, people.

Of course, I didn't do any of this alone. Not even close. I've worked with a ridiculously smart and talented group of people  around the world, and it's awesome to have been part of such a great network of communications professionals.

On top of  my accomplishments and experiences at Weber Shandwick, my MCDM master's program has rounded me out with a skill set that I am excited to take to EB. I've said a lot about MCDM here so I'll save my breath and only mention that I'm attending the MCDM-hosted TEDx Seattle conference on Friday. Hooray!

So what exactly will I be doing at EB? A lot of that is TBD, but you can get an idea by checking out the Born Out There First Ascent blog. I learned recently that I have a personal tie to EB -- my great uncle Scotty shot EB catalog photos a few decades ago. How cool is that?

I doubt I'll have too many more updates here regarding this change near-term, but I thought this would be a good time to chart where I've been and where I'm going.

I'm a hardcore Northwest dude set to work for a Northwest brand, and I couldn't be more stoked.