Dana called me yesterday with some exciting news.
She has accepted a full-time position with Autodesk as a Technical Marketing Manager!
She starts August 11. (Her last EE duty with be the EECast on 8/6).
Autodesk seems to have a penchant for liking what EE has, as this is the second time they’ve hired from the EE ranks! Should I be angry with them for lessening our team? I suppose I could, but I’d rather take it as a compliment that they recognize EE as the best in the industry. 😉 If someone is leaving EE, Autodesk is the place to go.
Of course Dana has been a great partner over the years, and her contributions to EE have been outstanding. I could go on about how talented she is, how much she loves sharing what she knows, and how she has helped so many people get to know Civil 3D . However, nearly all of you have read one of her posts here, attended a class she taught, or read the Mastering Civil 3D book and there’s nothing much I could say that you don’t already know.
I will share one tidbit. Way back when the Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert (ICE) program was first started, Dana was working for a reseller and was a student in one of ICE classes I was teaching. At the time, she, like everyone else in the room, knew so very little about Civil 3D. Unlike everyone else though, she was full of questions, digging in and trying to truly understand not only the product but how implementation impacts the end users. At one point she asked me about how the Implementation Process jived with 6 Sigma business management strategies and I knew then that this was no ordinary AE.
My how things have changed since that day. From total newbie to one of the most-read, most-talented sources of info on all-things Civil 3D, Dana truly is one of the best.
Even though there will no longer be a formal relationship between Dana and EE, the personal relationships we’ve developed should and will endure. Please be sure to wish her well.
Congrats and good luck Dana!