Things are changing in the Neal household.  My husband recently got a well-deserved promotion to a Director position, and I’ve just taken a brand new job as well.  I’m excited to announce that I’ve taken a position at a new company and will be working as a Senior SharePoint Consultant for McGladrey, starting in October.

I have greatly enjoyed my time working at GreatAmerica Financial Services for the past nine and a half years.  The people and the culture there are top-notch, and it was a very tough decision to leave.  GreatAmerica was named one of the Best Places to Work in the Corridor in 2007, and they were ranked 4th in the state by the Des Moines Register as a Top Workplace in 2011.

If GreatAmerica is such a great place to work, then why am I leaving, you may be wondering.  Is she smoking something, is she going through a mid-life crisis, or is she just crazy? The answers to those questions are no, maybe, and it remains to be seen, respectively 🙂

The main reason is that I will be able to keep up with the latest and greatest technology.  I’m one who likes to have the latest gadget or app as soon as it comes out, and working as a consultant I’ll have the opportunity to explore the newest technologies out there. It will also allow me to work with many different companies and see many different environments.

The potential for learning will increase tremendously.  Which is good because I have an insatiable appetite for learning. I do still plan to speak at conferences and SharePoint Saturdays occasionally, as well as continue my other efforts in the SharePoint community, such as writing for this blog, CMSWire, and EndUserSharePoint.com.  And I’ll also still be active on SharePoint-Community.net in my role as Community Rep.

I’m really excited about this new opportunity!  Watch this blog as I’m sure I’ll be sharing the things I learn here.

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