Sorry for my absence. I had the opportunity to take an early retirement from GE and have been busy catching up on things that I’ve had on the back burner for awhile. I’m currently working on the Go Virginia Board focusing on bringing more high tech jobs to the region. I was also asked to join the Higher Education and Virginia Innovation Council Boards working on a variety of programs to foster the start-up community. Speaking of the start-up community, I’m working with two regional start-ups on Cloud Computing and Analytics – this is an absolute adrenaline rush. Kim Blair and I host a local show called Virginia Technology Today on Thursday mornings on WFIR. We talk to local technology leaders about what’s happening in the region.
Starting Tuesday, I’m going to help another company with the development and reporting strategies that they need to double their workforce. It feels good to give back.
What else – I studied and passed the F.C.C. Amateur Extra Exam and have been spending a lot of time working on various digital wireless modes of communication like FT-8. I also built three new antennas and destroyed on drone in the process (RIP). I love working with Software Defined Radios and I’m building a couple of extensions that works on the iPad. I will finish another degree in May and spend many hours watching MOOCs from EdX (this is the future – it’s like a slower version of the Matrix learning program – without the implant).
I love spending time with Susan, Lauren, Courtney, Mom and our friends. The past six months have been incredible BUT with the COVID-19 situation, I’ve decided to get back in the game and end the sabbatical in October. Why? I’ve learned so much since August and feel there is unfinished business to attend too in regards of helping out. I don’t know what that looks like yet but have received several interesting offers and opportunities over the past 90 days. I don’t know what the future holds but I’m looking forward to doing my small part and helping out.