Sunday, November 01, 2009

Goodbye, Don

I first met Don Bowen when I was at Zoomit and we did an on-site presentation to him and his team. We flew from Ottawa and Toronto through a blizzard that shut down Chicago as we got the last plane out to Peoria, Illinois. It turned out we were the only vendor to make it through to Peoria and we won Caterpillar's business.

Don was a product manager's dream customer. Always had good ideas and new ways to use a product. He also stretched a product in ways it was never designed, pushed his vendors to do the right thing and was always ready to talk to you about life or technology - day or night. Whatever identity management conference I went to I would usually run into Don with his wife Eileen - especially at The Burton Group conferences.

Don had only one speed - full speed ahead - and that's how he attacked his brain cancer right to the end.

I'll miss you Don.

P.S. If you can, please help out Don's family via The Bowen Family Trust.

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