Old Family, New Family
This week, these words have added significance. Within one week of my five year anniversary at Convio, we will say goodbye to an incredible company as we prepare for an even brighter future ahead. Sara summed it up so well her post yesterday of what an exceptional executive TEAM Gene has put together here at Convio. It has been a pleasure to be a part of something so special. Gene has lead a team of very high capability and high integrity individuals who challenge each other everyday but also support each other through thick and thin. Very rare that such a team be built through the constant change and demands of a public high-tech company.
In our Engineering team, we are equally blessed. In over 20 years of leading software teams, I can truly say that this is the best team I've ever had the privilege to lead. On their faces you see dedication to our clients, in their efforts innovation and commitment. It is our second company together for some of us, or even the third. Such is the way it works in high-tech companies - great people want to work together with great people again and again. Or maybe it is the life-size Angry Birds games, high jump wall, hot wings contest, or 40-yard dash contests that keep this such a great place to work?
Much of the credit here goes to Dave Hart, our CTO who hired an amazing team that poured their heart and soul into this company to get it started. That original team grew from using lawn chairs from Dave's backyard to now building out one of the best high-tech workplaces in Austin. We still benefit today from his creative energies, and I thank you Dave for allowing me to grow what you worked so hard to start at Convio. Working together with you has been a terrific experience, and we wish you all the best in the years to come.
As I look back on these past five years, it's astonishing to see how far we've come with our products, but it's even more rewarding to see the success of our clients and the growth of the people on our team. It has been so rewarding to get to know so many of our clients and help you achieve your goals. There are many places that the talented people of the Convio Engineering team could work, but few places could offer the meaning of the work we do here. Through the combination of Blackbaud and Convio this meaning and connection to our clients will continue.
As we've been successful and grown, we've put a lot of energy into fostering our fun, client-focused culture. Working at Convio feels like being part of a family. We celebrate birthdays, redecorate people's cubes while they are on vacation, laugh at each other eating larger than life burritos, celebrate newborns (future interns), and help each other out in time of need.
Next week, the family gets a little larger.
Gary Allison is Convio’s VP of Engineering. He is active in the Austin community supporting the Austin Children's Shelter and serving on the board of a local nonprofit. Gary holds a master's degree in Software Engineering from the University of Houston Clear Lake and graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science.
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