My Summer At Impact Washington – Fancy Clothes and Gel Pens

It has now been a month since I began working at Impact Washington. In that time I have further immersed myself in Salesforce and also began working on several projects breaking down potential clients into manageable groups. On the technical side I wrote a couple of cute web automation bots to ease some of my […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

It has been 4 months since I started making my trips to rural Washington thanks to  the Target Rural Enterprise Grant.  It is through this grant that I am able to offer so many services to small, rural Washington state companies either at greatly reduced costs or completely for free.  During those four months, I have visited […]

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My Summer At Impact Washington – Settling In

Having spent the last several years in Burlington, Vermont, I had always heard of the other artsy forest city on the far side of the country. Curious as to how this supposed home away from home holds up, I decided to find employment in the Seattle area and spend the summer experiencing it. My search […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

There were not always grapes in Coyote Canyon. First, it was an arid plot of land, used to test bombs in WWII. Then, the Andrews family tried growing wheat there, with mixed results. In 1953, the first well was drilled, and Mike Andrews started raising irrigated crops and a developed a whole new passion – raising […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

Okay, time to get personal. Some of my very personal interest are, in no particular order: Wine; I am from a wine region in Spain (Jerez de la Frontera) Airplanes, because c’mon! They are so cool!! Innovation, as an integral part of my career World War II; I am a History Geek When these marry together […]

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The Produce Safety Rule and FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. It is the most sweeping reform of the United States’ food safety laws in over 70 years. The overall objective of FSMA is to focus on prevention of food safety issues. There are seven primary rules included within FSMA: Produce Safety […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

There are days when traveling in rural Washington truly feels like stepping back in time.   There are important lessons to learn on the road as well.  For example, it doesn’t matter that your silverware matches, so long as the food is good.   My far flung adventures through our state have brought me to […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

  Winemaking in Washington is a booming industry and it is the passion of our winemakers. Combining that passion, a prime location with a temperate climate, and years of knowledge, small wineries are manufacturing amazing products. Here is a just a taste of what was beyond my cubicle this week as I traveled the wine country of Eastern Washington. Passion […]

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Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

You can find amazing things in East and Central Washington. From somebody making bullets for ancient firearms to incredible woodwork like what is being Built by Daniel, a small company in Selah, WA, that makes customize furniture in wood. Daniel himself will translate your idea into his vision and will put his soul and passion […]

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An Expert’s Thoughts on the Toyota Kata Summit

I just got back from KataCon3 (the Kata Summit) in San Diego, Ca.  KataCon is a chance for seasoned Kata Practioners and those curious about Kata to meet and learn from each other.  The word Kata comes from martial arts and describes the structured protocols and routines that are practiced until they become second nature […]

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