An Honor To Be Honored

It’s 6:15pm, Wednesday, August 3rd. I’m heading to the lobby to meet up with my co-workers and colleagues where we will proceed to board the Inspiration Hornblower. The beautiful location chosen for the FileMaker Business Alliance Awards dinner at FileMaker Developer Conference 2011. My phone rings. It’s Mark:. “I won’t be joining the group tonight for dinner. I hate to miss it; but I feel the need to go over my WAN presentation tomorrow. Attendees paid to see something of value, and I want to make sure I deliver. If for some crazy reason Skeleton Key is recognized tonight, for anything, please ask Greg to accept on our behalf.” A couple of hours later, as the Skeleton Key crew was sipping coffee and enjoying the success and recognition of our deserving colleagues who won the other awards that night, we hear… …. for raising the level of professionalism in the FileMaker community by sharing his business practices and training. Through webinars, user-group presentations, and DevCons, he has shared his expertise in optimizing FileMaker solutions for better performance. His influence has extended beyond the FileMaker community; he’s been an advocate for FileMaker teaching best practices using FileMaker Server Advanced to the Apple Consultant Network members – Mark Richman, Skeleton Key. Later we all agreed that it sure SOUNDED like whoever was about to win the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community shared many of the attributes of our own Mark Richman, but until they said the name… well, it took about 10 seconds for reality to set in and for Greg Lane to start moving toward the stage to proudly accept the award from Ryan Rosenberg. And Mark missed it! Ugh. From a marketing point of view, I was sorry – even sort of annoyed – that he wasn’t there. As his employee, his absence was an exclamation point on the the description of the award. I giggled as I realized it made perfect sense that he was focused on what he would be offering to the community the next morning. From Mark’s perspective: “The ringer on my phone was off, and the phone reception in the hotel was terrible, so I suddenly noticed I’d received a number of texts in very short time. They were things like ‘Woo hoo! You just won an award!’ and ‘We r not kidding’ along with a lo-res picture of an award on which I could not read the text.

I’ll admit, for about 2 minutes I figured my team was pulling my leg, and I was kind of impressed at how well they were carrying it off.

I’m honored and humbled by this recognition, and I hope I can continue to give back some of the value that the FileMaker engineers and community have given to me over the years.” Speaking of awards, the St. Louis Small Business Monthly ‘Top Twenty under Twenty’ Luncheon was held on Wednesday. This annual event honors the area’s top 20 companies/entrepreneurs that have less than 20 employees. Skeleton Key was nominated and selected as a recipient for this honor. And this time, I made sure that Mark was there to receive it.

Nancy Rodriguez manages Operations & Marketing at Skeleton Key. About Skeleton Key Skeleton Key is an accomplished team of technology consultants who solve business problems. We specialize in the rapid development of custom applications, integrating Macs and PCs in the professional workplace, and providing personalized training. Despite our end-to-end technical skills, we are consultant first and technologist second. We know that you don’t just need technology. You need to know that the technology you choose to deploy will provide the results you desire. Skeleton Key is a Platinum Level FileMaker Business Alliance company, an Authorized FileMaker Trainer, a member of the Apple Consultants Network and a Microsoft Registered Partner.