Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Some figure more prominently for their ideas and support."

On the day of my book launch celebration -- it seems appropriate to reprint its dedication page here.

"Many people have made this book possible, and I thank them all.  Some figure more prominently for their ideas and support.  In particular, I would like to thank Lauren Du Graf for seeing what could make this a better book; Emily Oxenford for masterful technical support; Jesse Brown for his design of the book; editor Molly Martin for her keen eye; and the two men in my life who offer unwavering support of my work, Leroy F. Searle and James H.S. Searle." 

Three of these people have worked with me since 2009, to create and launch Annie Searle & Associates LLC, my risk consulting and research firm.  Lauren and Molly created and refined content and organization of, its website.  This past summer, Lauren did the initial edit to the book as originally written, and encouraged me to increase the number of stories in the book and to rethink and magnify the "risk detective" theme.  Molly did the final lucid edits to the manuscript, working closely with Jesse on particulars that only a former newspaper person would catch.   Jesse designed ASA's logo in 2009, including its internet look and feel and its printed materials. He's done a superb job on this book as well.  Emily was ASA's research associate for the 2010-2011 academic year, and provided technical support on the book from inception until it was turned over to Jesse for design this past summer.

The final thanks in the dedication are to my husband and my son and should be self-explanatory.  It's only when I work with executives who complain about how little they are understood at home that I realize how lucky I am.

Tonight I'll have a chance to thank others for their help -- members of my WaMu team, colleagues and clients from the days of Delphi Computers & Peripherals, and those who have so inspired me in my current line of work.

There are others no longer with us but who shaped who I am and how I got to be this way -- in particular the poet George Starbuck; Ewen Dingwall, mastermind behind large events like Seattle's presentation of  World's Fair and the King Tut exhibition; and Bagley Wright, former newspaperman, art patron and philanthropist.  I'll lift a glass in their honor.

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