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11921 Freedom Drive, Suite 550
Reston, VA 20190
Dear Don and Tom:
Thank you for the nice notebook! I have already started to make a few notes to keep myself on track. Like most new jobs the hard part is deciding where to focus, so I'll keep track of the big stuff, in writing, in one place. That should work!
Yes, I am really enjoying it. The industry is the right one - I have so much history with broadcast facilities, it gave me credibility before I showed up and they all seem to respect my opinion.
The role is great! Probably because of my history I'm confident I know what to do, or at least what questions to ask, so I've already done some good things. I have four direct reports (including, of course, the guy who interviewed for my job and didn't get it) and 14 people below that, so I get to make the hard decisions and set a real direction for the group. Even the passed over candidate is bringing questions and sharing information, a good sign. They did not have a "boss" in DC for almost a year, so they seem relieved to have someone in charge and I like being that person. My boss is in NY, his boss is in DC, so I'm pretty autonomous, something I'm good at.
The location works. 45 minute commute right through DC, but of course listening to the radio is part of my job, now, so that works. We're at the intersection of Florida and New York Avenue, and we run a shuttle bus to Union Station every 15 minutes so when I need urban atmosphere it's a quick ride away. Next week will be my first trip to investigate all the facilities at Sirius in Rockefeller Center and another group at Madison Square Garden. So I'll get to see the Howard Stern empire - please call in and suggest he renew his contract in December, Tom! If he does I'll do a big project to expand his group.
I've heard the background now on why the position was posted twice, why it was such a whacky posting, and how I floated to the top. Every process through an online site is a tricky one, I would not have persevered without the advice RNR offered. And asking for more money was a great idea that worked out! I'm now hearing what to expect when bonuses/stock are distributed in the spring, too.
As for a shoot date - week days will be tough for a while. I would guess in early October I will be able to juggle my time better to get out for a bit. Friday after noons are always a slow time!
Director, Planning & Facilities