Paul Horvath, Tony Bacos, and Margot Johnson. They showed me what truly compassionate, empathetic, people-first leadership looks like. It turns out you can deeply care about the people you work with, be extremely respectful and nice to each other, and still get lots of stuff done!
Along the way, I worked with many fantastic PEs, Sr. PEs, and even DEs. But there were a handful that were always by my side supporting me. Thank you Jenn Lin, Porter Schermerhorn, Sean Blakey, and Simon Johnston. They each taught me so much more than they probably know.
And a hat tip to Nate Wiger who started it all when he called me up a little over five years ago and said, “hey dude I wrote a six pager and now Amazon’s hiring in San Diego, want to check it out?” Without him, I wouldn’t be here today.
How could any person be so fortunate to experience what I’ve experienced at Amazon? I still don’t know the answer to that. Everyday at work I want to pinch myself and verbalize: why me??? Nevertheless, I’m so grateful for it all, and not just because it’s almost Thanksgiving. I’m genuinely, deeply grateful, humbled, and forever appreciative.
To everyone I worked with at Amazon, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! ❤️