Facebook Bringing Old Friends Back Together

Justin & Matt in Sausalito
Justin & Matt in Sausalito

Damian was my best friend growing up. We rode bikes all over Berkeley, played chemist in his basement and at school, raced RC cars, and played video games well past any respectable bedtime. When my family sold our house and moved onto a 42′ Tayana in Sausalito Damian and I lost touch. We were young and even though we were both computer nerds, email wasn’t what it is today and writing wasn’t really in my concentration.

With the great proliferation of facebook I was lucky enough to be found by Damian! I was beyond excited to reconnect, and slightly startled to find that not only had he dropped the promising IT career and became a CHP officer, but had also gotten married. He was always the best in all things technical, building RC cars, chemistry, physics, and computers. His even-keel mindset I’m sure has made him a great CHP.

He brought his wife midway to Newport to meet up. We had a great lunch catching up, and a coffee talking about MBAs, business, and the world. It is curious how people change, but how easy it is sometimes to fall back into friendships. Hopefully when I have more free time we can all do a double date and fly over to Catalina for a picnic.

About the Author

The world changed for me about two months into my M.B.A. program. While I have always risen quickly to management roles, learning how to truly be a part of a business and its many systems began to really excite me. While I have loved taking out-dated processes and digitizing them for cost savings, I am excited to take my project mangement experience to greater heights and really contribute to a company's growth as the head of a team excited to drive change. -Justin Velthoen

Justin Velthoen

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