Friday, June 5, 2020

Weaving Together My Life Story In A Series Of Blogs

The blog has always been a great platform for storytelling. Over time, I have shared many things about my history, my present, and goals for the future - they are:


My Life Story - Have you ever thought about the impact of big decisions that you made in your life? How about the small ones or the ones made for you? How would have your life turned out if things went the other way?

My Love Story - Michelle and met on October 15, 2010 in a serendipitous way. We were both part of a charity in Raleigh, NC and one night at a dinner struck up a conversation about many things - including our love of travel.

My Housing Story - After 13 moves and stops in three Canadian Provinces and three U.S. States, here is my journey in pictures from the Northwest to the Southeast of North America.

My Travel Story - After visiting 85 countries (many with kids in tow), we are preparing for a trip to our 7th continent (Antarctica) in January 2021 assuming restrictions from COVID-19 lift.

My Nautical Story - I am pretty sure the love of water started in 1972 when I was six weeks old and my grandparents Bob and Dona McBain retired to Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada, and built a log cabin.

My Crazy MBA Story - In the summer of 2017, while climbing Machu Picchu, Peru as part of my wife Michelle’s International MBA from Manhattan College, I thought – why not me?

My Hockey Story - As long as I can remember, I have been playing hockey. Over four decades and thousands of games later, I still lace them up a couple times a week, year-round.

My Car Story - I have the dubious honor of getting speeding tickets on all 6 driveable continents - lucky that there are no cars in Antarctica! Did I ever tell you the time I passed the Polizia in Italy with my mom?

My Christmas Story - Whether traveling to see family, or going to Disney or Hawaii, or simply staying home - the season is packed with memories of family and friends.

My Music Story - My favorite music can be best defined as sad / emotional / multi-level slow music. Oddly, it is opposite of my worldview - which is normally overly-positive and optimistic.

My Movie Story - Oddly enough, I think Pretty Woman made me very interested in business. I named my cat Austin Powers - oh, and yes, "Danger" is his middle name. Our current dog is named August Rush (Auggie Doggy). Movies such as Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Forrest Gump, & National Lampoon's Vacation have become soundtracks to my life.

These are all my personal stories. My business stories wrap around channels, partnerships, alliances, and ecosystems and can be found here

Also business related, on this platform I named the top 100 most visible channel influencers and top 100 global women in technology groups that continue to get thousands of visitors per month.

Thanks for taking a walk with me through memory lane!

Channel Content Exclusively On Forrester Blog




Before I joined Forrester I wrote about channels, partnerships, alliances, and ecosystems here. Now, that content is over on my Forrester blog.

All of my personal stories about family, travel, boats, cars, hockey, music, school, and other fun stuff are still here!

On the channel side, here are my 13 most read blogs:

1. What I See Coming For The Channel In 2020

2. Channel Software Tech Stack (2019) — INFOGRAPHIC

3. Channel Marketers Need To Become Community Marketers — Here’s How

4. Partner Relationship Management (PRM) Comes Of Age

5. Through-Channel Marketing Represents The Third Stage For Sales And Marketing Leaders

6. Channel Data Is A Competitive Differentiator

7. Measure What Matters: Unlocking The Power Of Partner Ecosystems Demands Powerful Measurement

8. Time To Rethink Channel Incentives And Program Management (CIPM)?

9. Channel Automation Becomes Table Stakes For Partnership Success

10. Can You Deliver A Great Partner Experience Without Great Onboarding?

11. The 64 Best Channel Podcasts Of 2019