“There are some people who walk into your life, and you don’t know why they come in … But some people come in at just the right time and change who you are for the better. Sam Dickinson was one of those people.”
I remember meeting you my senior year of college at the University of Georgia. We met in a digital marketing session through Richie’s HW Creative Marketing class. We stayed in touch throughout the summer when you were interning at Southwest Airlines before your senior year. I remember asking to set up a phone call with you to pick your brain on content strategy. You were in Dallas at the time and asked me to talk at 7AM. THAT WAS 6AM my time! I remember rolling out of bed, barely picking up the phone to call you in time. A friendship was born, and I had no idea if our paths would cross down the road.
But little did I know, it would only be a few months later …
I remember a LinkedIn message that came into my phone in late July. You told me that you were going to be back in Athens and wanted to meet. We met at the Jittery Joes coffee shop in 5 Points and I was so impressed with your skill set and how you represented yourself as a person. It took me awhile to ask you, “What are you doing this year with your time this school year?” I really felt you could add a valuable skill set to our platform.
From the time you have come on to our team, you have helped shape our content strategy. You have helped take my big ideas and make them realistic and actionable. You have helped us form teams and streamline our organizational structure. You have helped me write proposals. You have shaped our content search engine optimization plan. You have helped organize our WordPress system and helped the editors work in unison. You have designed our pitch deck. You helped create our pitch video and design for our Accelerator Applications. You controlled our video in the sound room at our 1 year anniversary. You helped vet people we brought on to the team. Simply the question to ask is, what haven’t you been a part of in the last year?
You have been there for me pretty much every day the last 8 months and been such an asset in making us operate efficiently. And most importantly, you have taught me what it is like to have an incredible team member, one that treats others as equals, and one that is so well diversified in his skill set. You have been truly remarkable Sam, and I am forever grateful.
You have taught me about books that I would have never read if it wasn’t for you. You have showed me the life of Sam the musician. You have shared stories with me about hiking all over the country. You even taught me how to cook lasagna. We watched the Revenant together. We have been hiking together. Our relationship may have started because of Wish Dish, but it has gained so much more. You are a best friend Sam, one that I am honored to know.
As you venture off to Indiana and work with Sweetwater, I’ll be rooting for your success. I hope you become involved with great musicians up there and learn a lot. I hope you cook the best recipes now that you will have the time and money for adulating. I hope your next chapter is filled with joy. You have worked hard Sam, not just with me, but throughout your life. You only deserve the best.
As a friend, as a workmate, you will always hold a special memory in my heart as I look back on my journey on Wish Dish. Hopefully, our paths will one day cross again.