Friday, February 22, 2013

A Salute and Journey Forward



More than a decade ago I arrived at a new job at Network Solutions that involved talking to customers and reported to a wonderful supervisor who was so young that we could not invite him to Happy Hours. Since that day my journey at Network Solutions (Now part of Web.com) has been filled with exciting conversations with customers, so many great communities and colleagues. I always got an adrenaline rush and it has been a superb learning experience. As many of you know, I really enjoy talking to people and have tried to make every role I held about people and perspectives. That experience included working closely with four different and diverse management teams. My journey went from Customer Service, Product Marketing, Product Management to my current role as Sr. Director (Social Media). In fact, here is a cool way to show some of the key items I worked on over that time period in a visual timeline (courtesy of a cool new DC-based startup Infusd).



I simply could not have done that without the strong encouragement of people who I worked for along the way, those who took their precious time to mentor me and the guidance of my friends and colleagues. It has been a wonderful journey and I appreciate the opportunity that Network Solutions and now Web.com offered me through these years.

Today, I want to share the news that a new chapter begins in a few weeks when I start a new course in my career by joining the Greenbelt, MD based Bozzuto Group (@TheBozzutoGroup) as VP, Digital Marketing. I will be working closely with Jamie Gorski, Sr. Vice President, Marketing for The Bozzuto Group and all of the five Bozzuto companies – Management, Home Building, Construction, Development, and Land. I have known Jamie for a few years and I believe like a lot of good things that have happened to me serendipitously, this is one of them. The Bozzuto Group for many years has been in the Washington Business Journal’s list of “Best Places to Work “ and is on the Washington Post’s “Post 200 companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy.“ a list of top DC area companies. In fact the Bozzuto Group just celebrated it's 25th anniversary this month.

I wish to thank all my colleagues past and present at Network Solutions and the wonderful people at Web.com who made me feel welcome. I also owe my success to the encouragement and support of both the online and offline community, especially in the DC area, who helped me in every initiative. A great amount of thanks to communities like SOBCon, SmallBizTechnology, SmallBizTrends, SCORE, TechCocktail, NMX, Social Fresh, MultiFamilyPro, Social Media Week and others my old memory may be forgetting for their support.  I hope to continue to be part of your community.  Thank you as well Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies for the opportunity to teach such wonderful students who make me proud of their numerous successes. I look forward to continuing my role as an Adjunct Professor next semester. To my new colleagues at Bozzuto, I am very excited to join the team and look forward to being part of your continued success.

Links to posts about my announcement:

38 comments:

Ellen Gerstein said...

Congratulations and good luck to you!

Dave Fleet said...

Congratulations Shashi! Good luck in the new role.

Kellye Crane said...

Huge congrats to you, Shashi! They're so lucky to have you.

Hanna said...

Congratulations to you! Looking forward to even bigger things from you, Shashi. :) Best of luck!

Joelogon said...

Shashi, best of luck in the new gig!

bobservations said...

Mazel tov!! Looking forward to seeing how you put your expertise to use with this very successful company!

LaurelZ said...

Fantastic news!!!! Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of multifamily (among other things). This is a great partnership.

Shashi Bellamkonda said...

Thank you all for your good wishes and support. Appreciate your stopping by to comment. - Shashi

newmediajim said...

congratulations Shashi!

Andrew said...

A big congrats Shashi!!!

Becky McCray said...

Congratulations, Shashi! You're a terrific person, and I'm happy to see you starting on your next big adventure.

Francine Hardaway, Ph.D said...

Congratulations! Will I see you at SXSW?

jmschneider said...

Congratulations Shashi. It has been wonderful working with you during the short time knowing you at Web.com. You will surely be missed!

@boydjane said...

Congrats to you Shashi! You are so awesome :) I'm really happy for you. So many adventures yet to come!

Ted Rubin said...

Exciting news Shashi. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime. Anything I can do to assist will be my pleasure.

Brent Leary said...

Congratulations Shashi! I'm sure you'll be just as successful with your new gig as you were with your last one!

Tinu Abayomi-Paul said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures. :)

Jim Kukral said...

Congrats! You'll crush it as usual.

Unknown said...

So well deserved. No doubt in my mind that you will take "the road less traveled" and end up making it an educational experience for all of us. Will I still see you at SXSW?
Aneta Hall

Nakeva Corothers said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations Shashi! I know this next season of your career journey will bring great things to Buzzuto and your family. Well done!

Shannon Paul said...

Congrats, Shashi! They're lucky to have you :)

Ali Allage said...

Congratulations Shashi! Thank you for sharing your great story. Good luck in the new position.

deannie said...

What new adventures await you? Congratulations!!

Rahool Kr Talwar said...

Congratulations Shashiji :) wishing you all the very best for your new role.

Danielle said...

Shashi, congratulations! Wishing you all the best in your new adventure.

Alli Worthington said...

Congrats, Shashi. They are lucky to have snagged you!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Shashi, so happy for you and for your positivity towards your past and future alike. BIG ((HUGS)) Hope to see you in May at SOBCon ~ Amber Cleveland

Unknown said...

Congratulations Shashi! enjoy the next chapter!

firebelly said...

Congratulations Bhai Sahib. Been a pleasure working with you! Looking forward to even more! Your love for people is inspiring!

Unknown said...

Fantastic Shashi, and thrilling. Congratulations on this new road. May the goodness on your horizon be abundant (and abundantly fun!) for you and those you serve. Thanks too for sharing your ideas, great opportunity, and capacity to listen over the years. p.s. This is Jill.

Chris Geno PR said...

Shashi, so happy to hear your great news. Congratulations to you and all the very best for your future at Bozzuto. They are very lucky to have you and I am sure that they realize that.
Good luck and please stay in touch.
Chris

Scott Monty said...

A belated but nonetheless hearty congratulations Shashi!

Dave Delaney said...

So excited for yo. Congrats on your move.
See you in Austin soon. VERY soon!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and best wishes. Your positive, creative and customer centric approach is infectious and expect more from you. Umesh

MobileTestKitchen said...

Congrats! Real Estate is such a perfect product for story telling, engaging and conversations. It's perfect for you! Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

Shashi -

Personally, it's a sad day to see you depart from Network Solutions and our time together over the past several years. Your truly a man among men.. and will be missed by me along with many others. I do hope that I am privileged enough for our paths to cross again.

- Jennifer Gore-Standiford

Anonymous said...

Shashi -

Personally, it's a sad day to see you depart from Network Solutions and our time together over the past several years. Your truly a man among men.. and will be missed by me along with many others. I do hope that I am privileged enough for our paths to cross again.

- Jennifer Gore-Standiford

marvin thomas said...

Congrats Shashi, best of luck to you!