Two years ago (23 months to be exact) I walked into the main offices of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and into the new media department.

This Friday, I’ll be departing 16th and Georgetown to begin the next step in my career with ExactTarget and their interactive marketing department.

I’m both sad and excited.

I’m proud of the work I accomplished in two years.  I’ve met colleagues that will be friends for years to come. I spent hours on planes. I took hundreds of photos. I was part of some very special events and exceptional digital projects. I saw web analytics sky rocket and dealt with more content than I could ever imagine. I was challenged. I made mistakes. I got stronger. I grew. I learned a great deal about myself. And I got better professionally.

Me and dad

Me and dad

I’m especially proud that I worked at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway while my father was still alive. I know he was proud of me. And it offered me a new opportunity to become more connected to him. What a gift.

There is a lot I’ll miss about IMS. It’s especially difficult to walk away from such a sacred institution. It’s given me something indescribable. It will always be a part of me.

The Pagoda at sunrise

The Pagoda at sunrise

I’m thankful for the unconventional path my career has taken.

I went from an art museum to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And now I’m headed to ExactTarget with a lot of energy, excitement and at least one million ideas.

I’m so thankful for my opportunities.

Here’s to the next adventure.