Saturday, August 08, 2015
I founded TinkerMill a little over two years ago with a room of 5-6 people one Tuesday evening in one of our local public school meeting rooms.
Over the last two years, it's grown from an idea that we needed one of these in Longmont, to the largest makerspace in this 10 state region, with hundreds of paying members, over 1,000 online members, 10,000+ square feet of space, an incredible array of tools and capabilities and, most importantly, an incredible community of creative people, all experts at something.
I've been the president for these first two years; I said when I started that I'd lead it for a year, two tops. Here we are, two years later and it's time for me to pass the torch; I told everyone that if nominated for president again, I wouldn't accept.
Soooo... Although I'm still on the board, mostly to provide a smooth transition, as of yesterday, I'm no longer the president. We elected a new board and the board elected new officers (President, Vice President and Secretary). Here's the lineup:
Clint Bickmore (New President)
Greg Collins (New Vice President)
Matt Stallard (New Secretary)
Fara Shimbo (Director)
Scott Converse (Director)
Ron Thomas remains our executive director.
Chris Yoder remains our Sgt. at Arms.
Steven Alexander is our new Treasurer.
I'd also like to say: A truly deep and sincere thank you to our departing board members: Karl Niemann, Lee Sutherland and Dixon Dick, all Founders of TinkerMill and all incredible contributors over our last two years of existence. I'd also like to thank Jeff Cragg, also a TinkerMill Founder, who served for over two years as our treasurer as we grew to become what we are today. Thank you to all of you. It's been a great ride so far, and I think we still have a long way to go.
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