Image courtesy of  Mike Licht

Image courtesy of Mike Licht

Last Friday I told you I was about to make a pretty significant change in my work status. A year ago, I left the church staff job I had been working for five years and signed on with Flexstage, a small AVL integrator owned by Visioneering Studios (an architect firm). That year was everything rolled into one; good, challenging, educational, hard, long and exciting. And while I wasn’t looking to leave, when a great opportunity presents itself, I’ve learned to at least have the conversation. Or several.

The Big News

As of today, I’m excited to announce that I am now a Project Lead for CCI Solutions of Olympia, WA. If you’ve never heard of CCI, you clearly haven’t been reading this blog or listening to the podcast very long. I’ve worked with CCI as a client for many years, and they were an early sponsor of this website. Duke DeJong, a regular co-host on ChurchTechWeekly, has been crisscrossing the country for the last four years spreading the word about CCI. Duke and I have been friends for several years and have talked and dreamed about working together for almost that whole time. The stars have all aligned and we’re excited to see what is in store. 

My Role

As Project Lead, my role will be to own the project from the time it’s sold to the time it’s commissioned. That means system design, product specification, drawings, coordinating with the install and construction crews, commissioning the systems and training. Along the way, we have some great ideas for creating additional video content for both this and the CCI website, as well as covering trade shows just like we always have—and are doing this week at NAB. 

Not much will change here at CTA; I will still be posting on my usual schedule, and expect to have even better access to new products for testing and review. CCI has great vendor relationships and I hope to leverage that to help you make even more informed decisions on gear. 

My Location

While CCI is located in the Pacific Northwest, I will live in Nashville come June. We have so many projects throughout the midwest that it makes sense to have someone stationed there for better client service. So, come the end of May, we’ll be packing up the truck and moving to our new home just outside of Nashville. Once in the new house, I’ll be setting up the Palatial Studio 3.0; and it will actually be palatial this time. It will also include an espresso machine. 

The Upshot

So, if you have a project or equipment purchase need, feel free to reach out and I will do everything I can to help you out. If you need advice or a shoulder to cry on, I remain available to help as much as I can. My hope is that in this new role I will have even greater capacity to help churches better serve their congregations and communities. And, I want to continue to serve the technical community which has really become like an extended family to me. 

Again, I thank you for reading and look forward to another eight years of CTA. Oh yeah, CTA turned 8 last month. I sort of blew right by that as I was busy buying a new house. But yeah, 8 years. Wow!