Today marks the end of Bruce Elgort’s time at the helm for OpenNTF.
All of us in the Lotus community owe Bruce a lot, me more than most. I think a lot of people had the experience where Bruce introduced himself to you (shy chap that he is) and then proceeded to introduce you to everyone else in the world. That happened for me in the middle of the last decade, and it pretty much changed my professional life.
I had been bumbling along doing contracting work, on the fringes of the Lotus community, but we seemed to get on, we chatted a lot at Lotusphere and ILUG and from there, Bruce and I created IdeaJam and IQJam and we’ve been working together ever since. We won awards, and we have a nice little business where our software has been rolled out to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
But to be honest that’s not the most important thing about meeting Bruce. I made a friend, in fact Bruce was the Best Man at my wedding!
So #thanksbruce for everything you have done over the years for the Lotus community, and #thanksbruce for being a great friend.
Clark College is very lucky to have you.