April 1, 2010 by Jason Yormark
I'm a 20 year veteran of digital marketing & the owner and founder of Socialistics, a social media agency based in Seattle. My spare time is filled with writing, baseball, my boys and everything Seattle has to offer.
May 6, 2009 at 2:24 am
Well written, Jason. I must say it has been a melancholy day at work today, and I am feeling the sadness for all of our colleagues. Gone are the good ol’ days we shared at RedWest, but definitely those memories will be cherished.
May 6, 2009 at 2:59 am
Great post – you are a class act. We will miss you too jYO. Take care and let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
May 6, 2009 at 3:14 am
This is beautifully written. After such a sad day, this has really inspired me. You have so much to offer. I am sure you will find a job you love even more.
Rob Brautigam says
May 6, 2009 at 3:40 am
Thanks for your friendship and sharing some great perspective on a tough day. One way or another, we will end up in Wrigley together in late October, I just know it. You’re a hell of a guy…my best to you and your family.
Ian Thomas says
May 6, 2009 at 3:59 am
Bummer! Great post, though. I’m sure you’ll find something that, in the end, will make you say, “well, I’m glad I got laid off from Microsoft, because now I get to do *this* cool thing”. Particularly with the positive attitude you have.
May 6, 2009 at 4:09 am
Best of luck, J-Yo! You’ll be missed.
Mike S says
May 6, 2009 at 4:14 am
matt roberts says
May 6, 2009 at 4:31 am
JYO – you’re the closest thing to Gallagher we had at MS and a great friend. Work will feel more like “work” from now on.
May 6, 2009 at 5:41 am
Jason, we have never met in perosn; however, I can share you leave an admirable legacy. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard your name in conversation, and in a postivie way. Your confessions above reflect a high level of class and character. Clearly a destiny awaits you, and may it appear soon!
Mel Carson says
May 6, 2009 at 6:52 am
Mate – for once I’m lost for words! Those SES videos were awesome and as for TPKE…….! I’m sure this is the door opening to bigger and better things. When you’re working in Hollywood will you still have the time video our wedding??!! 🙂
Work From Home says
May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm
Well said Jason,
Just goes to show that even the mighty Microsoft is not “recession proof”. I’m sure your attitude will soon hear you saying “So this is why ….” – as you move on to the next phase of your life.
May 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm
Gilb, I’m so sorry to hear this. I work for a media company, so 1 possible route to take would be to find out who is taking over the Microsoft account/work you did and contact them directly. They might really value your insight on the account. I know alot of times, we have to let people go because we lost a specific account, and it rarely has to do with quality of performance, but more like you said on the economics and their job just being phased out (if they were client specific). Good luck to you, and let me know if you do move back to Chi, if you’d want to play some softball in Mt Prospect. Tell Jen what up too. -Bow
May 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm
JYO – You’re a solid dude and I wish you and the fam the best! Let’s get after it on Friday!
May 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm
JYO – It was a pleasure sir! Thank you for breaking up the day to day monotony with your humor and creativity. There will always be a need for your genius so I haven’t the slightest doubt that you are on to bigger and better things. Plus I still think you look like Vin Diesel so you have that going for you.
Your officemate says
May 6, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Quiet morning here without you–your post is awesome. You’ve inspired several of your colleagues who met the same fate yesterday–your professionalism speaks volume about your character. Now I’m off to rifle through your drawers and eat whatever leftover candy is around. Take care Jason–let me know how I can help as you get ready to tackle new and exciting challenges.
May 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm
J-Yo, who will bring us candy now? I’m sad that we won’t get to see you every day in the hallway, but I know with your talent and passion you’re going to land something amazing. You’ll be missed!
May 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm
You are an extrodinarily talented individual and MSFT lost a great asset yesterday. More importantly though this opens a new door for you and the family. I have no doubt that your talent and eye for the “fun side” will in fact have us saying “I knew JYO back when he played softball in a game that got interrupted by Bill Gates’ helicopter.” We’ll keep in touch (have to keep giving you Cubs/Cards flack!).
May 6, 2009 at 6:19 pm
You’re one hell of a good guy and extremely funny, creative and talented. The office definately won’t be the same without your presence, you’ll be sincerely missed. With your skills and ambition I have no doubt you’ll find yourself in an even better situation very soon. We’ll definately stay in touch.
May 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm
Your love of meat was truly the stuff of legends. The jimmy train may never again leave the station. You always made work fun and i know with your enthusiasm and work ethic that you’ll be successful wherever you land.
May 7, 2009 at 12:04 am
Hi Jason –
What a great post. I really enjoyed working with you and will never forget what an awesome job you did pulling off those great events like adChamps and even managing to find Billy Idol in Vegas! With your talent, passion, skills, and of course, genuine love of cream cheese, you’ll be a great addition to any team 🙂
Take care and keep in touch.
May 7, 2009 at 4:07 am
The 3 job sites chosen by about.com as getting the best results for job seekers –
http://www.linkedin.com (professional networking)
http://www.indeed.com (agregated listings)
http://www.realmatch.com (matches you to jobs)
good luck to all.
May 7, 2009 at 5:25 am
As someone who was laid off 1/22, and then again on 3/27… I say don’t bend over for them again.
May 7, 2009 at 6:56 am
TPKE will live on in many different ways! God bless brother.
Michael Dragone says
May 7, 2009 at 3:48 pm
Wow, sorry to hear this Jason. You’re surely a class act. Best of luck to you.
Lesley R says
May 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Awesome post. I’m truly sadden that you are gone. You were my manager for a hot second, had the best videos (HANDS DOWN) and more importantly you gave me candy!!! LOL
May 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Jason – I dont know you from Adam, but came across your blog. I marvel at the mature approach you are taking to your difficult situation and I am sure it will be the key reason why you will be successful in the long run. You seem to have a genuine, down-home goodness in your self which comes from confidence and a faith that your future rests in His will. My best wishes to you in your life-journey!
May 8, 2009 at 6:59 am
Truly sorry to hear this happened to you. You should know that your post has helped make sense of an inexplicable situation and has inspired many of those who were touched by this layoff. You are truly a class act for taking the high ground and sharing your thoughts with everyone. I trust karma will be kind to you.
Hamada El-Eleimy says
May 27, 2009 at 2:01 am
Respect! 🙂 may your positive attitude always fill your life with happiness and direct your sight to endless possibilites where you can contribute and show by example how life can be what yo umake out of it not what it does to you
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