Only two weeks left at my current employer. I have learned a lot there, and if I had to work for someone else there is nowhere better in my opinion.
At the same time I have really missed having full control of my own projects. As those of you who know me or have followed my blog for a while know, I had my own company for ten years and got to do a lot of fun projects during that time, many of which are listed here. Wright Industries, my current employer, has given me the opportunity to work on much larger systems than I could have done at ACS, my old company. They also gave me a view into how large machine builders and integrators conduct the business side of things. I have met some of the most brilliant engineers there; being the largest US based custom machine builder means that they have naturally attracted some of the best.
At the same time it is time for me to get back to what I like doing best, solving problems and being able to choose my own jobs. I have already opened a virtual office in Nashville, I have a receptionist and address but no office yet. I am going to Central America from 12/28/11 to 1/27/12, when I return I will be setting up my actual office, just off Harding Place and I-24 in Nashville. Here is my full contact Info:
Automation Consulting, LLC
301 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Ste. 100
Nashville, TN 37122
Having built a business before I realize things will probably start out pretty slowly. I am looking for pretty specific kinds of projects and I am also in the last stages of finishing my book, the Automation Primer. I have a proposal in with Industrial Press, publishers of the Machinery Handbook and have my fingers crossed that they will be my publisher, more on that later.
In other words, things are very exciting for me now career-wise. I finished my green belt in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing from Purdue, my book is turning out quite well, I will be starting Project Management and PMP training through Villanova in 2012 and of course I hope to continue being involved in cool projects with my new company. I am truly very blessed.
Please take a look at my new Automation Consulting website and let me know what you think. I plan on making some tweaks to it in mid-December and again when I return in February and would love to hear some constructive criticism.