A Fond Farewell

Today is my last day at the company for which I’ve worked the past nine years.  So much in my life has changed during that time, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect, and honor the amazing place which has been a home for those nine years.

First, I should mention that I am terrible at goodbyes. I completely fall apart, because in that moment of realizing I am saying goodbye, all the wonderful memories flood my brain, and I just think about how much I’m going to miss someone, and how much there is to say, and how I can’t say it all in just a couple minutes.

I expect today will be a roller coaster. As sad as I am about leaving, I am also very excited about my new position at SQLskills; completely opposite emotions. Sometimes it is overwhelming.

I had many thoughts about how to thank everyone.  I have a lot of people to thank, and so much for which to be thankful.  I want my colleagues and friends to know how much they are valued, and the traditional goodbye email didn’t quite seem like enough.  I don’t think I can ever truly put it all into words…

I met with my VP on Wednesday, to catch up and say goodbye. He was the only person that interviewed me all those years ago, after a quick chat with someone from HR.  The company was one fifth the size of what is now.  When I interviewed he asked me where I saw myself in five years.  I answered, “Development.”  He hired me anyway 🙂

I have had three managers in those nine years, and I am thankful to each for the unwavering support and the countless opportunities provided.  All three pushed me to get better, backed my every decision, and were right there if I stumbled.  I hope that at some point in every person’s career, they have a management team that empowers them to make decisions, and then stands behind those decisions, no matter what.  I have had that management team, and I am grateful and appreciative for their belief in me.

I have worked with amazing people here; people who inspired me every day and challenged me to become the best that I can.  My colleagues have made me laugh until I cried, and have picked me up when I needed a lift.  Special thanks to those who offered encouragement when I felt lost, and whose belief in me never wavered.  And thank you to those who worked through the toughest customer issues, on little sleep and a lot of stress.  In the end, we sorted it out.

I also want to take a minute to send out a huge thank you to my husband, Nick.  Our “company”, if you will, is the Stellato family.  My family and friends are a great source of inspiration and comfort for me, but Nick is the one who has been there every day; the one who has seen the very best and the very worst.  And he just rolls with it.  Thank you, Nick, for supporting me.  Thank you for saying, when I called to tell you that I won the SQLCruise contest, “Of course you did.”  Thank you for every time you’ve said, “I got it” when I told about my next trip for work, or for a SQLSaturday, or the PASS Summit.  And thank you for being a great dad to our kids.  I love our life.

Finally, this is not goodbye, this is see you later.  I’m not moving, and since I will be working from home, I plan to have lunch out in the “real world” once a week.  Let me know if you want to meet up.  To everyone who’s been a part of the adventure these past nine years, thank you for what you’ve taught me, for your patience, for your humor, for your trust and for your respect.  I wish you all the best on this journey of life.

14 Responses to A Fond Farewell
  1. Peter Shire
    July 27, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Enjoy this day Erin with the thought that your friends are equally happy and proud to witness your growth and success. Regular DBA – speaker – then MVP – then a member of SQLskills. Whew – Amazing! I just hope you’re also planning for someday when you come and present to the Charlotte SQLPASS Chapter. The membership here would be thrilled to see you.

    • Erin Stellato
      July 27, 2012 | 12:13 pm

      Such warm words, thank you Peter. And I would be honored to present for the Charlotte chapter at some point! We will find a time 🙂


  2. Marlon Ribunal
    July 27, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Congratulations to you and SQLskills! I also hope you’d visit us here in SoCal someday!

  3. Carisa
    July 27, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    I want to meet up for lunch. Often.

  4. Gabe Russo
    July 27, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Whether you know it or not, you have inspired me to be better than I am. Thank you for the guidance you have provided and the friendship that you have shared.

    I am thankful for the time we worked together.

    Please remember, “Online index operations are not always rainbows and unicorns.” 🙂

    • Erin Stellato
      August 1, 2012 | 7:44 am

      Thank you, Gabe. I am glad that we finally had the chance to work together, and you taught me a lot as well! I will miss seeing you and the rest of the team every day, but I can always stop by for lunch!


  5. Adam Belebczuk
    July 27, 2012 | 5:44 pm


    One thing you didn’t mention is all of the people you’ve had the opportunity to help, mentor, and touch in some way over the past several years. I know you’ve certainly helped me a ton, and have been an awesome role model and mentor. You’ve shown me by example how to get more involved in PASS and get out there and help others. You’ve also been there to answer my questions about SQL server and about speaking and getting more involved. It has been awesome seeing you grow in the PASS community the last couple years, and I’m looking forward to seeing what new opportunities await you in your new position.

    Congratulations, and thank you for your friendship, your help, and your inspiration.

    Your friend,

  6. Shyam Viking
    July 30, 2012 | 12:32 am

    All the best on your new assignment.

  7. Justin Fandl
    July 30, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Erin it’s been a pleasure knowing you and attending your classes at Hyland (they were always my favorite at TechQuest). I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

    • Erin Stellato
      August 1, 2012 | 7:42 am

      Thanks Justin, best of luck to you as well!

  8. Dukagjin Maloku
    August 3, 2012 | 3:14 am

    Congrats on your new career journey with SQLSkills!
    All the best!

Leave a Reply

Wanting to leave an <em>phasis on your comment?

Trackback URL http://erinstellato.com/2012/07/fond-farewell/trackback/