Announcement Week

My retirement was announced at work this week after months of discussion and preparation.  I am retiring on December 31st of this year and the email gave some details on what I would likely pursue in this next stage of my life.  In future posts I will get into more details on my post-retirement plans.

The announcement went out on Wednesday to 35,000 team members in our group and within seconds, my inbox blew up with all the  congratulatory emails.  It was very rewarding to get so much positive feedback and congratulations from literally hundreds of people I have worked with over the years.  My tenure as CIO will be 11 years by the end of this year, which is a long time in this industry to be CIO (the average duration is 5 years) so I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of great people over this time period.

Note to self:  Next time I retire do not travel the next day to present at a client event.  On Thursday I flew to Chicago and presented to a large group of clients and prospects.  I was so emotionally drained from the week by the time I took the stage that a few minutes into my speech, I was referring to a slide that was nowhere on the screen and waxing on about that non-existant information.  Eventually I noticed and got back on track, finished well and then practically crawled the four blocks back to my hotel.

Anyway, the cat is out of the bag, my retirement has been announced and this marks an important step on my journey to the next stage of my life.

Stay tuned for more updates . . .

Dean

A Boomer In Transition

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