Platinum Support loses one of its finest

Heard this AM that one of my Platinum Support reps and one of the nicer guys you’ll come across has passed away, David Perron.  Not many details known yet, but Dave will be missed.

More Sadness

It brings me great sadness to let you know that Aaron Lucas has passed away, of an apparent heart attack.  He was a great DoubleClicker – a TAM, trainer, and most recently, in sales.  Everyone who knew him liked him and he made all the time with him funny and rich.  He’ll be sorely missed by a great many people.

Performics is DoubleClick too! And now eBay..

Brian Marcus, fellow MOT, Performics alum, and good guy from the windy city, has packed up and moved west to run eBay’s partner network.  Congrats!!

A Passing…

Jen Coy, who hailed from the Abacus side of the house, sadly, passed away recently.  Here is her obit.

Sad news..

Jason Lopez Memorial Fund

As many of you may have heard, Jason Lopez, a longtime Epsilon employee passed away on July 27th.  Jason worked on the Digital CMS management team (prior to that he worked in Client Services) and he was based remotely in Wisconsin.  Jason was a great person who touched so many people during his 10+ years at Epsilon.  He will be missed personally and professionally.

For those who want to help his family, they have established a memorial fund account.  This account will be used to help provide for the needs of his four young children; Jenna (8), Megan (6), Cameron (4), and Avery (2).  If you wish to help, contributions can be made to:

Brandae Lopez

Jason Lopez Memorial Fund

M&I Bank

900 Elm Grove Rd

Elm Grove, WI  53122


Brandae Lopez

Jason Lopez Memorial Fund

13805 W Ferguson Rd

New Berlin, WI  53151

His Obituary:

Lopez, Jason J. July 27, 2011, age 34. Beloved husband of Brandae (nee Kragelund). Loving father of Jenna, Megan, Cameron and Avery. Preceded in death by his mother Debbie Fischer. Survived by his father John and step-mother Robin. Dear brother of Daniel Fischer. Son-in-law of Bill and Marsha Kragelund. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Visitation at Woodridge Community Church, 13800 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, WI, on Monday, August 1, from 4-7PM. Funeral Service to follow at 7PM.

Sad News from EMEA

Stephane Cordier passed away from a heart attack. Stephane worked for Doubleclick and was then Adlink CEO for many years. He was only 45 years old. Funeral will be next week in Paris.

Paul Loughran Education Fund info

I’ve had a number of requests for this.  With the sad passing of former DoubleClick Dublin Support Manager, Paul Loughran, we’ve put together some ways to help make donations for his 3 childrens education fund.

We are often reminded of the importance of giving back, helping those less fortunate, and going above and beyond at every possible opportunity. Here we have an opportunity to do something meaningful for Paul’s children; Connor 9, Ryan 7, and Michael 1.

Paypal, email to: loughran-education-fund {at} google(.)com

A Start-Up Video, with Dwight

Ran across this, go Dwight.

New York Startup Weekend – Dwight Merriman from Wesley Ross on Vimeo.

The Official Rick Bruner Post

Rick loves cats and research. He can now scratch one of those itches for MTV, officially.  Also, publisher yield managers and DSPs have become a treasure trove of ex-Clickers.. my unofficial tally:

  • AppNexus – Mike Rubenstein
  • AdMeld – Brian Kane
  • Pubmatic – Andrew Rutledge and Susie Roach
  • Rubicon – Kurt Spoerer

UPDATE: I missed 1/2 the free world apparently, thanks to Steve & Ari, starting to round out the list.

A giant pit in my stomach

I knew this was coming, but when it came, it was no less of a blow.  Paul Loughran, a Clicker who has been around a few years, running our support teams in Dublin, has passed away.  It was a multi-year battle with cancer, but this recent return was just too much.  Paul was a quiet, and really nice guy, with a wife and 3 kids, his youngest having just turned 1.  I was in Dublin a few years back for our annual services audit, and despite having been out sick for months, Paul insisted on coming into the office to meet with the auditor and be a part of the team and process.  That was just the kind of guy he was.  Quiet, unassuming, but totally focused on the work being top-notch.  He was a supportive people manager and a good collaborator from across the globe – it was hard to find anyone who just plain ‘ol didn’t like working with Paul.. I flat-out liked Paul.

A funeral is being held this week and there’s work underway for some sort of education fund, I’ll post that as soon as I get any details.

Rest in peace Paul.