Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Neil Moore: You will remain in our minds and hearts

Ever since I heard the news of shocking, untimely death of Neil Moore (our Project Manager in South Dakota), on Saturday evening, I have been in a state of disbelief. It was a tragic and an unfortunate day. It has been immensely challenging to come to grip with the fact that Neil is no more with us. Neil was a remarkable individual and a great personality with a lot of composure and self-belief. I developed a deep sense of appreciation for his demeanor and approach to work as I worked directly with him in the last 6 months. His candor and his openness to employees was a refreshing change and his uncanny ability to think through a problem or an issue was indeed commendable. As I reflect on this loss to the CNSI family, I want to extend my sincerest sympathies to Neil’s family and I wish them heart and courage to bear and overcome this huge loss.

I am sure the actual SD project team members will have tons of stories and events that they experienced working closely with Neil on ground in South Dakota. I strongly encourage each of them to share their stories as a remembrance to Neil and his unwavering commitment and dedication to State of South Dakota and SD MMIS project.


P. Block said...

The greatest thing that one can do in life is to help others reach their full potential. Teachers do it. Coaches do it. Neil did it. He had an innate sense of what his employees were capable of and did everything in his power to encourage and enable others to live up to their full potential. Neil always did this in a somewhat sly way, never pushing, but setting the stage and providing gentle guidance, when needed.

I know that others knew Neil better than I, but in the time I did know him, I learned so much about this industry, about enjoying the work that we do, about enjoying life, about poker, and about myself and my abilities. Neil, because of who he was, facilitated this.

I will relate a brief story about Neil that I feel is indicative of him as a person. Neil, as we all know, liked to tell stories and was good at it. I once had the opportunity to spend three hours in a car with Neil as we made our way from Pierre to Rapid City so that he could catch a plan to Idaho and I could bring the corporate car back to Pierre.

In the time we spent in that car Neil related story after story about his past project experiences, challenges, and successes. To some this type of chatter could be seen as pure braggadocio. However, with Neil these stories always had a point, always served to educate. In my instance, being new to these types of projects, I believe Neil was, through his stories, trying to provide me with the knowledge of what to expect throughout the process so that I would be able to anticipate the challenges I am sure to face and overcome them with a limited number of setbacks.

Anonymous said...

simply dropping by to say hi

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