Hey Team! I wanted to let you know that US Games (BSN Sports) eliminated the outside team of Regional Managers earlier this month. In other words, I was laid off. The impact of Covid-19 resulted in the company having to make some difficult decisions. I am choosing to believe that things happen for a reason. Before making this decision widely public, I decided to take the past couple of weeks to reflect and put my feelings into words. These are my Top 5 thoughts.
So far everyone in my family has remained healthy. My situation is not ideal, but the impact of the Corona virus has devastated others far worse. Being angry or upset for losing my job is not going to be helpful or productive. My resolve and resiliency are strengthened from those around me. With a “Glass Half-Full” mindset, I will be able to position myself for future success.
I have worked out more in the last two weeks than I have in the past few months. I was so focused on work recently that I was not practicing what I preach. I have refocused my priorities and I am getting back to better habits. My mind, body, and spirit have never been stronger!
I am a National Board Certified Teacher with ten years experience teaching grades PreK through sixth grade. I have coached modified and varsity soccer, as well as track & field. In the past five years I have presented hundreds of workshops at local, state, regional and national conferences. As a Regional Sales Manager, I obtained practical experience that will qualify me for a variety of career prospects. I appreciate the advice and job offers that have already started coming my way and look forward to hearing what other options exist. When opportunity knocks, I will determine what the best fit is for me and my family.
I will continue to be involved with OPEN in a voluntary capacity. I serve on the Development Team and as one of the National Trainers. There are tens-of-thousands of teachers that are relying on OPEN and I feel compelled to stay involved. I love presenting, so I will also use my experience to work with teachers, districts, and associations as needed to provide workshops and professional development. I believe in the OPEN motto of “Teachers Helping Teachers!”
I am fortunate to have a wife that is a school psychologist and has job security and benefits. Beyond having the reassurance of having a reliable source of income, Melissa believes in me. She is the most amazing wife and mother. Also, Owen is at an age (20-months old) where he is craving our attention. Since Melissa is still having to work, I have been able to spend more quality time with him. With the love and encouragement of my family I will land back on my feet. I am truly one of the luckiest guys ever!
I did my best to sum up my feelings as concisely as possible. However, it is difficult to put some things into words. I welcome your perspective. If you are reading and would like to reach me directly, please email or connect with me on social media (profiles below).
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