In March of 2006 I began my career in Project Controls. I came in nervous and armed with a huge lack of experience and a degree in Business from Western Oregon University. Strangely enough, it was the easiest job interview I had ever had, even though I had absolutely no experience in that field. I remember the day of the interview because it was MLK day and there was nobody in the office except for my Aunt Lisa who was a part owner in the engineering firm (ARES) and the VP, Bob Fritz. Bob is a Missouri farm boy through and through, he had his Missouri Tigers ball cap on and had a slight stench of body odor. Not exactly who you'd expect as the VP of a large engineering firm. He threw his big arm around me and said "Lisa tells me you played baseball! Our softball team, the Wire Nuts, needs a ball player, can you start next week?" My response, "ummm yeah... Does that mean I got the job?"
I learned many valuable lessons from Bob and have much to thank him for, especially now as I am understanding what it takes to run a successful business. It was simple, Bob cared. Everyone knew he cared for his employees because you could find him whistling and walking the halls every day, striking up conversations with everyone, taking time out of his day if things weren't going okay, playing host to you when you brought your girlfriend Julie up from Bend for your second date and shortly after offering her a job and relocating a young couple to Canada.
It was 5 years later when I accepted a 3 month role on the Caltech project Advanced LIGO (ALIGO). I continued as an ARES employee for another two years before jumping ship and becoming a Caltech employee the week before Millie was born. As a new employee I had no time off and my deadlines didn't change, so I worked from home for the first two weeks after we got home from the hospital. I took on many different responsibilities and had a few different bosses through my time at ALIGO. I learned about an amazing project that I'd never heard of and was able to spread the news to all my friends when they made their first detection of gravitational waves and when the founders won the Nobel Prize. I also think that I am the only Caltech employee to have lived full time in Wheeler County or Grant County. I'm excited to take my girls up for a tour and show them the cubicle I worked in with no windows, where I first decided I'd talk with Julie about starting a cattle ranch.
I've worn many hats through the past 12+ years and am proud of the work that I have done and life long friendships I've made along the way.
Today is an interesting day as we knew it would happen and have been planning for it for a while now. The nature of project controls is every project has an end date, fortunately for me the Advanced LIGO project was extended multiple times and I was one of a small handful of employees to be there for closeout. I don't find myself fearful of the future or resenting the fact that I have not lined up my next "job." I am more excited than ever and ready to make the most of the opportunity that's in front of me!!
Our heels are firmly dug into this new life at Right Lane Ranch, we are laying the foundation for something great and I'm excited to have all of you as a part of it. No matter if you are reading this from across the world in Sweden ("hi Janet"), one of the folks who camped with us for the Solar Eclipse last year, or one of our grass-fed beef and lamb customers, we appreciate your support more than you will ever know.
I love ending on a quote and as a parent it is only fitting that today's comes from Dr. Seuss: "Sometimes you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."
Thank you all for the amazing memories along the way over the last 12 years as an employee. I hope to have you along for this amazing journey as a small business owner here at Right Lane Ranch.
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Go Outside!! Watch Some Meteors This Weekend!! We are hosting a small group of friends here at Right Lane Ranch this weekend to watch the Perseieds Meteor Shower, it's a new moon so visibility should awesome!