I’m no longer the CEO of PeopleKeep
It is hard to write those words.
After nearly four years as CEO of PeopleKeep and nearly six years leading Zane Benefits (now, a PeopleKeep subsidiary), I've decided to become a ski bum.
I’m kidding. I was asked to resign. While the path forward doesn’t include me, the Board is more aligned than ever on the next steps for the company, and I support the direction.
PeopleKeep has been, and will always be, my first baby. And unlike many parents who are forced to give up a child, I have the comfort of knowing I leave PeopleKeep in better hands than my own. Eric Morgan, former CEO of both Workfront and AdvancedMD, will step in as interim CEO.
It has been a privilege to lead PeopleKeep and its subsidiaries over the past decade. I came to Utah to ski bum and I lucked into this life-changing opportunity. There are no words to describe how grateful I am. One thing is for sure, I owe special appreciation to Professor Paul Zane Pilzer who has been so much more than a mentor to me over the course of my entire adult life.
More than half of the 6M United States small businesses are unable to offer competitive benefits to their employees. PeopleKeep has made enormous strides toward solving this problem by pioneering an entirely new way of offering benefits at any budget for any employee situation.
Thank you to all of the people (customers, partners, team members, directors and shareholders) who invested time and money to make PeopleKeep a reality. We have the best product, the most know-how, and the top talent focused on growing this new “personalized benefits” category. PeopleKeep’s best days are ahead of it, and I look forward to watching and contributing to its success.
For those of you who might be concerned about me, please don't be. I love PeopleKeep and I'm proud of its accomplishments. I'm OK. I’m so lucky to have had the chance to take the company this far. I’ve learned so much. I'll now take some time to reflect, read and write. And ski. Then, I'll figure out how to turn these learnings into something new.
One more thing. My only regrets are the moments that I put the immediate business goals over important human relationships with family members, customers, partners, team members, directors and shareholders. If there’s one piece of wisdom to be imparted, it is to always have the courage to put people first.