One of the big "learnings" from our recent experience with "Shop 2.0" is that planning our Shop's future is a complex and time consuming process. As we continue to grow, doing this correctly will be more important than ever.
I'm pleased to announce that Pete Sterling, who has been one of the key architects of both Shop 1.0 and Shop 2.0 has offered to take on the responsibility for leading this effort. In his new roll as "Director of Planning", he will be focusing on a variety of issues important to our Shop's future, but particularly "Shop 3.0".
So that he can give this new challenge his full time and attention, Pete will be turning the "Shop Director" position over to Dallas Keck who has been his Assistant Shop Director for a number of months.
Pete's thoughts are as follows:
I have been your Shop Director now for over 2 years since the shop's
opening, and I believe that the time has come to make some changes in order
to assure a successful future for the SDFWA and the Member Shop. It has been
a tremendous experience for me, and I hope for all of you as well. We
fulfilled the business plan we created, and a lot more. We have been
financially successful since the beginning, and I hope that we have created
the beginnings of a useful and enjoyable woodworking community for all of
you reading this. But my real strengths, expertise and passion are in the
development process for planning the future of our shop. In no way am I
disappearing - I will still be around to help and support the shop whenever
I can and assist the new Director. Therefore, effective immediately, I will
be assuming the position of Planning Director, to plan and facilitate the
process of how we continue to grow and expand the shop after our current
3-year lease expires in early 2023. This long term project is being called
Shop 3.0. I am extremely pleased to be able to transition my position to
Dallas Keck, my former Assistant Director. There could be no more
experienced and appropriate person to lead the shop than Dallas. Thank you
for the opportunity to participate in the planning and execution of our
current shop over the last 5 years! Shop 3.0 will be even better - stay
Those of you that have had the opportunity to meet and get to know Dallas, know what an important asset he is to the Shop. In addition to his responsibilities as Asst Shop Director, he not only led the Shop 2.0 build out, but has initiated the Sponsor Program for new Shop Members and handles a variety of other programs including the "Eye Opener".
As the new Shop Director, he will have overall responsibility for all Shop Operations including supervision of the Shift Supervisor Team and the Maintenance function. The transition has already begun and I'm sure you'll be hearing more from Pete and Dallas in the near future.
Both of these men have contributed hundreds if not thousands of hours to the success of the Shop. Please join me in congratulating them on their new responsibilities as well as thanking them for all they have done!