My Fresh Start for 2011

Most people wake up on New Years with a hangover or a bunch of resolutions they are going to break a few weeks later. Me? Well this year I am going to wake up with a new job.

I started with Destination Marketing back in 2001 as a bright eyed and smart lipped Account Manager ready to take on the world. Through the years it seems like I have done a little bit of everything at Destination Marketing, most recently being their Chief Digital Strategist.

Dan Voetmann, the owner of Destination Marketing, has allowed me to set my own path and grow within the company, and for that I am extremely grateful. Not to mention the fact that he allowed me to spend time as President of SMC Seattle these past two years. His thoughtfulness and understanding is a big reason I have been at Destination Marketing for so many years.

I also have been surrounded with some amazing people at Destination, and I have learned a great deal from each person I worked with there. While I was at Destination my two daughters were born, and everyone at Destination knows their names. My kids love coming to visit, not to see me, but because they love the office parrot Ricco.

Ricco the Destination Marketing Office Bird

Ricco the Destination Marketing Office Bird

When I was at Destination I even worked with some clients for the entire 9 years I was there and it is going to be very hard to not have constant contact with those friendships as well. It’s been an honor to be part of the Destination Marketing family and I will always look back on it fondly.

Starting in 2011 I pursue another path, with a different business family at Spring Creek Group. I will be the Director of Client Account Management at Spring Creek Group, and I can’t be more excited. I’ve learned a lot working with Clay McDaniel (Managing Director and Founder of Spring Creek) these past two years on the SMC Seattle board, and I look forward to working with him full time.

Also, through SMC Seattle I have had a chance to meet many of the employees of Spring Creek, and I’m always impressed with their passion for the industry and their clients. I look forward to being surrounded by that, and having some of the thought leaders in the social media space around me on a daily basis, continuing to push me forward.

So this year I have more then a simple resolution to uphold. I have a new job and career path to set forth on. That is something I could not be more excited about, and I can’t wait for 2011 to begin!


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  • Ron Schott

    Can't wait to have you on board, Kevin. Welcome to the SCG team!

  • halfbrown

    Congrats, Kevin!

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  • kevinurie

    Thanks Ron! I am looking forward to working with you and the rest of the team.

    All I ask is that you are nice for the first couple weeks, after that you can tell everyone how you truly feel about me. ;?)

  • kevinurie

    Thank you! I am very excited to be a part of such a great team.

  • Veronica Sopher

    Kevin — I'm so happy you're kicking off 2011 with a shiny new career! SCG and its clients are so lucky to have you onboard. Now go kick some butts! 🙂

  • Kristy Bolsinger

    This is GREAT news for you and for them!! Congratulations Kevin – you are truly one of the strongest leaders in the SM community here in Seattle and they're lucky to have you! Can't wait to see the awesome things you and your new team accomplish!

  • thinkmaya

    W00t!!! Congrats Kev!
    This is awesome news and of course you deserve it.
    Spring Creek is lucky to have you 🙂

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  • Bryan Zug

    Congrats Kev. Very cool.

  • warrenss

    Kevin, congratulations. A great way to start the year!

  • simonds

    Congratulations on the new job Kevin. Remind me to buy you a drink next time I see you!

  • Shauna Causey

    Kevin, I am ecstatic for you and this new challenge. I'm thankful nobody lured you out of state somehow. You never know with good talent. 🙂 Thanks for being a good friend and maybe more importantly, being such an incredible asset to our community. SPC is very lucky to have you.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Veronica! I have learned a ton from you these past two years, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you on SMC Seattle!

    Glad our offices are closer now. Hopefully that will mean we can grab lunch a little more.

  • kevinurie

    Thank you Kristy, you are way too kind! Seattle social media community is just kick ass, and that makes SMC Seattle look good.

    Looking forward to seeing you make waves as an Ant in 2011.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Maya! You have one of the biggest hearts in social media, and having your guidance and friendship has been a true blessing.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Bryan! Hopefully me being downtown means I will get to see you more. Would love to grab a lunch sometime to catch up. It has been way too long.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Warren! I still remember when we first talked, and I was like a dear in headlights.

    Thanks for your guidance over the years.

  • Mike Jensen

    Congrats on the new role Kevin. You are an awesome leader, and have done a ton for the Social Media Community here in Seattle. Excited to see it unfold even more at SPC.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Mark! You put up with me for a week in the same hotel room and still talk with me. You are some man!

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Shauna! It has been a honor to get to know you these past two years. Your passion and heart for the Seattle community second to none. Keep up the great work!

  • Jenni Hogan

    That deserves a big Whit Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Congrats. So excited to sit back and watch what you're going to do.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Mike! Couldn't be more excited to join the team.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Jenni! Can I do the same? Sitting back and watching me do things seems like a good gig! Though,,,, watching someone else seems even better.

  • Charlie Laughtland

    Glad to hear it Kevin. Knock 'em dead.

  • kevinurie

    Thanks Charlie! Looks like the Port of Subs mayorship is all yours!

  • David

    Kevin, this is great news! I'm proud of you man, and congratulations!

  • kevinurie

    Thanks David! It's been great connecting with you over Twitter etc. after having not talked much since high school.

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