When Good Things Happen to Awesome People

I was so happy to be contacted yesterday by my once competitor, once colleague, and always friend, Cheryl Contee.  Cheryl is one of the smartest people out there in the social media space, and had worked out of the San Francisco office of a former employer.

I was overjoyed to find out that Cheryl, along with her business partner, Rosalyn “Roz” Lemieux, have founded Fission Strategy, a San Francisco-based consulting business:

“..specializing in online advocacy, marketing, and communications. Fission partners, Roz Lemieux and Cheryl Contee, have launched dozens of online campaigns, websites, and blogs. We have been using social media to help nonprofit organizations (and for-profits focused on “social good”) communicate since 2003, so we share with you tested techniques that work.”

Good things do indeed happen to good people, but more often than not, if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.   What makes me so happy is that Cheryl now has a place to literally call her own, in which she can apply her smarts, business acumen and wonderful personality.

I have told Cheryl in the past that we are parallel universe people for a variety of reasons, but I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, black, white or striped – Cheryl is one smart cookie and I am delighted that she has her own gig.

Cheryl and Roz – I would wish you luck, but something tells me that you won’t need it.




  1. Cheryl Contee Says: October 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Aw shucks — . Thanks Mark! We appreciate the shout-out very much!!!

    I for one am always happy when our parallel universes connect. Knowing someone as innovative, smart and level-headed as you is at the SEC right now has kept me sane during this time more than once.

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