Monday night, I had dinner with an old friend. More than a friend, he has been a mentor to me and a supporter as I entered an area of Information Management, I had never considered part of my responsibility. Prior to meeting Ed, I had spent my career dealing with data – input screens to collect it, algorithms to manipulate it and reports upon reports to spit it back out. Documents were, as I used to say on my technical blog, just that pile of stuff on my desk.
That changed, almost twenty years ago, when my boss assigned me the responsibility for finding better ways to organize the paper in our office. I attended a meeting of the AIIM New England Chapter, at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. At breakfast, the group seemed a little cliquey, and I was searching for a table in the back. Ed, the Chapter President, came up to me and invited me to sit at his table. He introduced me to a few people, and he asked me why I had come to the meeting. I looked at him and said:
“I have no idea. My boss made me responsible for document management, and I thought this might be a good place to start.”
It was a good place to start, and what started was a journey that would take me to conferences (both as an attendee and a speaker), Chapter leadership roles and two stints on the Board of AIIM International. Recently, I joined Ed and a couple hundred others in the AIIM Company of Fellows. It has been a privilege to serve this association, and it’s an honor to be inducted into the Fellows. My experience with AIIM has allowed me to learn a lot about information management, to meet some very bright and wonderful people, to make friendships that will last throughout my retirement years and to find a part of myself that I didn’t know existed.
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