With a limited understanding of Thanksgiving, all I know it is about being Grateful and celebrating it with food (especially Turkey). Grateful to everybody who has contributed to your life in the preceding year. Being a vegetarian I am not going to eat Turkey but I can still be grateful to everyone who has helped me.
From the day I started thinking about my career until today there are so many family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and unknowns who helped me become a better person. Since last many years I wanted to write this post and show my gratitude to everyone who has helped me directly or indirectly. Finally here is my grateful list (besides my awesome family) with names of many who helped me this year and during many previous years:
- Puneet Rampall for influencing and helping me learn computers. You are the reason why I am in technology today (all for good).
- Sanjay Kohli for believing in me and getting me my big break.
- Anoop Jain for teaching me technology properly and helping me become confident in Java.
- Inder Pal Singh for being that awesome friend and colleague. I have always looked at you as a colleague who knows better than me but still willing to teach me.
- Manish Verma for being my first career mentor. You always nurtured me and brought the best out of me. Even in the times when I deleted the entire demo code during the demo 🙂 you still never lost confidence in me.
- Dinesh Pandey for taking me to new levels of technology and always treating me first class.
- Parveen Deswal for being an awesome friend in the new country. I remember the days when we all used to go out to see the fall colors in the tri-state area.
- Gerry Glynn for teaching me Sales especially how to have a Customer-First mindset.
- Michelle Bowen for believing in me.
- Prakash Khatri for being a manager and a great friend especially during the toughest times of my life.
- Sheryl Pattek for helping me understand why being obsessed about customer is most important.
- Scott Brinker for being that indirect coach who helped me understand and navigate the world of Marketing Technology through your super active blog.
- Saad Hameed for all the lunch, learn and walk meetings at LinkedIn on the topics of Marketing Technology
- Tracy Thomsic for always pushing me hard and helping me get the best out of me
- Nicole Vadas for helping me understand McKesson, always listening to me and guiding me properly.
- Andy Burtis for always sharing your vision, believing in my vision and allowing me to work on it. Most importantly for mentoring me all these years!
- Jeff Stalcup for helping me become better with communications and especially the presentations. I am a fan of your 5X5 rule.
- Kris Fortner for always motivating and tips to handle organizational change.
- Jennifer Otto for helping me understand the “Grand Mother Rule” in communication.
- Michael Davis for being a firm supporter and a co-pilot for crazy digital ideas.
- Charles Shimooka for always being honest with your feedback and help me understand different perspectives.
- Omar Al-Sinjari for being my sounding board where I can test my ideas and get great feedback.
- Ulli Muenker for all your help improving my presentations.
- Andrew Hecht for helping me become better in pronouncing many words as per American English.
- Drew Vecchione for supporting me on many tough decisions.
- Mark Ryan for always helping me prove the case for Digital and continued support to keep the stakeholders engaged with awesome data.
- To everyone else who I missed to mention. I apologize that I forgot to mention you here but you know I truly value your contribution.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all with continue helping me become a better person next year too.