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Northbound

2013 November 23
by ross

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We have some big news to share. We’re moving, and I am changing jobs! While we could have shared this with a simple tweet or short Facebook message, we figured that this news would trigger a lot of questions. Below are some of what we think may be the most frequently asked questions with brief responses. If you have more questions, please post a comment and we’ll either reply there or do a follow up post.

Where are you moving to? Out of state? Out of country?
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America. New city, new state, same country. Even though we’ll be farther north, we’ll also be farther from Canada.

What’s the new job?
I’ll be joining Desiring God as a Product Manager.

What is Desiring God?
It is a non-profit Christian organization that was founded by John Piper in 1994. (Who is John Piper?) Desiring God’s mission is to “spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.”

What’s the product that you’ll be managing?
All the resources from Desiring God are distributed for free, so there isn’t a traditional product for sale that I’ll be managing. Over the years, the web has become a core communication and distribution channel for Desiring God, so while I’m still learning more about the details, I’ll have responsibility for managing the desiringgod.org site and a few mobile apps.

When is all of this happening?
I’ll be wrapping up my time with Ford at the end of the year and starting at Desiring God in January 2014. The timing of the move is still TBD. I’ll work remotely for a bit while we sell our home in Michigan and look for a place to live in Minneapolis.

Why?
This could be a long answer but I’ll try to stick with the promised brief responses. Essentially, it came down to the right time and the right opportunity. Some might call the circumstances coincidence, others divine providence. Nevertheless, it’s been a fun journey, and we’re excited for what lies ahead.

You don’t like Michigan?
Not true. We’ve lived in Michigan for over 7 years. It’s the birthplace of our daughters and has been a good home. We’ll miss a lot of Michiganders.

So, you weren’t happy at Ford?
False. Ford was my first “real” job coming out of college, and they’ve treated me well over the last 7 years. Thanks to all my colleagues at Ford.

Won’t you be farther away from your family?
This was the most difficult part of the decision. We have loving parents and siblings in Indiana and Ohio. It’ll be tough to have more miles between us, but thankfully, they have been supportive and committed to our relationships.

Last question, how important was it for you to get farther away from Canada?
Not important at all. It never crossed my mind until I answered the first question on this post ;)

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Rceffron permalink
    November 25, 2013

    Best of success although I don’t think I will need any products😀

  2. Aunt Becky permalink
    November 25, 2013

    Congratulations! We are happy for all of you. Glad you are able to follow an opportunity that seems right for you and your familiy. We wish you the best!
    Much Love,
    Aunt Becky

  3. Mary - ACH permalink
    December 12, 2013

    Congratulations – my son shared with me on Sunday something from your new company – he was inspired!! May you have many blessings as you move forward with your career!

  4. Omar Azookari permalink
    December 12, 2013

    I want to wish you the best of luck, Ross. You are a great human being and I was honored to get to know you. It did upset me a little that you are leaving Ford and I am sure your team will miss you greatly. Good luck with your new job.

  5. December 12, 2013

    Good luck Ross! I am sure the folks at Desiring God will find you as valuable as we all have at Ford. Stay warm.

  6. Mike Elledge permalink
    December 12, 2013

    Rob, it’s been a pleasure working with you and getting to know you better. I’m excited for you and your family! It’s rare that a person can combine their work and spiritual life. :^)

    So do great things for Desiring God (I know you will). I’ll miss not working with you at Ford, but take solace knowing that you are working for the greater good. Peace be with you!

  7. Gary Phillips permalink
    December 12, 2013

    Congratulations, Ross! Someone has big shoes to fill when you leave. Thanks for all you’ve done, and enjoy the adventure that lies ahead!

  8. ross permalink*
    December 12, 2013

    Thanks to everyone for the encouraging words. I really appreciate your comments!

  9. Sarmila permalink
    December 18, 2013

    Congratulations !
    It’s been a pleasure working with you and I wish you all the best for your new role.
    You will be missed.

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