my 10 year anniversary at youth specialties

Ten years ago today, I started working at youth specialties. This is, by far, the longest I’ve stayed one place in my life. And it’s such a perfect fit for me, I can so easily imagine another ten (or twenty) years.

I will never forget the day yaconelli called me (more than 11 years ago now), and said, “um, I want to talk to you about coming to run my company. I don’t know what that would look like, or even if you’re interested. But I thought I’d rather process it with you, rather than without you knowing, if your willing.”

It’s been quite a ride, and there are still days when I feel totally over my head. I’ve learned so stinkin’ much, and am stoked to find out what I’ll learn in the months and years to come.

On my first anniversary at ys, mike and karla yaconelli took jeannie and I out for dinner. They took us to jerod’s – their favorite steak joint in san diego (which doesn’t exist anymore). It was in the lower stern of a large paddlewheel boat in the san diego bay. But that night, they reserved the wheel house at the top of the boat, and it was our own private dining room. They gave us a nice bottle of wine that night also: a 1996 cakebread cab. We’ve saved it all these years, and plan on uncorking it tonite in honor of these ten wonderful years, and in memory of yac.

Lots of good years to come; but sometimes it’s important to look back.

7 thoughts on “my 10 year anniversary at youth specialties”

  1. yowza…. 10 years. when I first met you in Colorado Springs you were still at Pasadena, but heading to YS. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago!

  2. Marko – Congrats! We’ve never actually met but I think Yac made a great choice in asking you to YS. YS has done so many great things in the last decade that it’s hard to imagine anyone else leading this ministry for now. Prayers are with you and YS (staff, supporters) for another great 10 years!

  3. Marko- I remember the year leading up to that. What a ride from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor to Youth Specialties. Those were busy times for you. I agree that you have found your fit.

  4. Congratulations, Marko! 10 years – wow!

    I bet Mike’s looking down on you right now, celebrating what you’re doing and where you’ve taken YS over these past 10 years.

    Congratulations and stay close to God over the next 10 years.

  5. Marko:

    Congratulations. You were one of the speakers at my first NYWC back in 2000 in Dallas. At that time when I heard you speak, and watched you at the convention, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of you, and now – 10 years later…

    I’ve seen you grow as a person, a leader, and as a Christian. You continue to impress me more and more, and my perception has really changed.

    Congratulations – here’s to 10 more wonderful years! And thanks for all you and YS do!

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