Wow. I’m going to sit back and try and put the 1.28 million thoughts bouncing around my head into some logical written format. With that, here’s the deal.

For the past five and a half years, I’ve had the opportunity to work at one of the most amazing strategic communications firms around. Biased? Nah, not a chance. I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it for as long as I live – I’ve been one lucky man. I try my best to never take this thing called life for granted.

Since moving to Chicago in 2004 and starting at CG&A, I’ve had the chance to work on incredible projects with some of the smartest, outgoing and enjoyable folks around. I never thought I would have the opportunity to help the American Cancer Society pass smoke-free legislation in Chicago, register millions of organ donors in Illinois with Donate Life Illinois (nor have creative freedom over a lil’ fella named Morgan D’ Organ), put Illinois on display for travelers , assist one of my favorite nonprofits around or help brand and launch one of Chicago’s best outdoor music venues. All in conjunction with the most amazing coworkers one could ask to have on a team.

And so it’s come time to take on the next chapter in life.

I’m ecstatic to announce that I’ll be joining Waggener Edstrom’s Studio D team in April! The new official title will be Digital Strategy Senior Specialist.

On a personal note, having grown up on Whidbey Island out in the Puget Sound, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m beyond excited to return to the natural beauty of the grand Pacific Northwest. And yes, I know I need to make sure I have my raincoat ready. But I’m also going to have that camera firing left and right (stay tuned, I’ve got some ideas bouncing around for a photo/travel blog). Check.

From a professional standpoint, it’s been fascinating to watch various firms and agencies in Seattle continue to push ahead in the digital world. I’m excited to take this opportunity to immerse myself into the mix, contribute to a fascinating group and walk away from each day having tackled new challenges and learned a wealth of new information from amazing folks such as Tac Anderson, Nathan Misner and Jen Houston.

To all my Chicago peeps, you will be sorely missed but thanks to these fine InterWebs, friendships know no geographic boundaries (a good friend once told me that…write that down). To my future Seattle peeps, can’t wait to hop over to the Emerald City.

If you know of anyone who knows of anyone in Seattle, drop me a line! On a mission to meet some new faces.

Until next time (may be a bit with the move and all that jazz), cheers beyond cheers.

– Scott

Alright, let’s go out with a touch of cheese…

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Join the conversation! 19 Comments

  1. What a nice post, Scott! It’s been wonderful knowing and working with you during the time I’ve been at CG&A. No doubt you will be missed around here. I’ll be sure to get in touch the next time I’m in Seattle. Until then, best of luck.

  2. Can’t wait to have you out here. We’re very excite you’re joining Waggener Edstrom.

  3. Just from reading your post, I can tell you’re going to fit right in here and hopefully you love it here. Welcome! We’re so excited to have you on board!

  4. Scott – welcome back to the beautiful NWst…we are so excited to have you joining Waggener Edstrom Worldwide!

  5. Congrats, Scott! While Chicago is a great place (my stepbrother was in bucktown for a while) it’ll be nice to get back to the mountains. Can’t beat that view of the snowcapped olympic penninsula from Seattle. Looking forward to having you out here on the team.

  6. Thanks for the kind words Scott – we can’t wait to have you join us!!! Welcome to WE Studio D!!

  7. Congrats, Scott! I’m sure the fine folks at CG&A are sad to see you go, but sounds like a great move for you.

  8. Thank you all, looking forward to the jump!

  9. Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  10. Congratulations on what sounds like a great move, Scott. It’s been great getting to know you, and even getting to meet face to face. I get to Seattle a lot less often than to Chicago, but will look you up when I’m in the area.

  11. Scott I would agree that was cheesy, but congrats and I know your camera will get even less work with that bla view you will be living in. ;o) I wish you all the best and will be waiting for you to post more when you are settled.

  12. Thanks Lee, appreciate it! Definitely keep me posted on any Seattle ventures.

    Ha, thanks Kevin!

  13. Scott!!! This is amazing news. I am so happy for you. I barely made it through the first few paragraphs trying to get to the part about your new endeavor. Please keep us posted. You are one of the truly smart ones. I’m so glad I tapped into that knowledge and included you in my book. All the best my friend!!

  14. Hey man,
    Thanks for the blog comment. Same to you! Congrats on the move. It’s always hard to make any kind of change, not to mention adding a geographic relocation to the mix. I’m totally jealous, as I love Seattle and would love to live in the Pacific Northwest someday. All the best in your new move. Stay in touch,

  15. Scott, I’m so glad I got to see you before you left (even though I didn’t know I was saying goodbye). Also glad you got to meet E. Best of luck to you. It was a real pleasure working with you at CGA and I’ll know you do great in your new adventure.

  16. […] So Long Chicago, Hello Seattle […]

  17. Good luck in Seattle, you lucky dog! And thanks for all the great work you’ve done for organ donation!

  18. Welcome to WE and Seattle! I just joined the Studio D team myself, and I’m loving it — I know you will as well. Good luck!


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