A New Season – Tom Brauch’s Fpweb.net Farewell

If you’re a baseball fan, this is a great time of year.  Spring Training is in full bloom and opening day is just a short time away.  If you’re fortunate enough to be able to visit Florida or Arizona this time of year, you know that the weather is fantastic and the nostalgic, throw-back stadiums are fraught with families, sunshine and your favorite players standing seemingly within reach.

It’s a chance to preview your team—to see who has come, who has left and to talk non-stop about what’s possible this year.  Maybe this year will be THE year.

This is also an exciting time for Fpweb.net that includes change along with great prospects of success.  One change is that this is my last “season” at Fpweb.net.  I am stepping away as President of Fpweb.net to take an opportunity that involves a move to Phoenix, Arizona.  This is a very unique opportunity and probably one of only a handful of scenarios I could think of that would ever take me away from the company that I love and have been proud to be a part of.  It brings me to one of my favorite places on earth and closer to family that I’ve dearly missed for far too long. It also gives my wife a chance to breathe!  (She’s a big asthma and allergy sufferer and Missouri is the last place you want to be for those ailments)

My time at Fpweb.net has been phenomenal.  I wouldn’t trade a minute.  I’ve made lasting friendships and worked with amazing clients.  But now is my chance to tell you the behind the scenes secrets and to pull back the curtain on all of our flaws!  Hah, yes, now is your chance to learn just what goes on around here as we lie, cheat and steal our way to the top!

I’m leaving Fpweb.net in extremely capable hands.

Well, I’m sorry to disappoint anyone looking for a little drama.  Truth be told, Fpweb.net is a great company and its success has actually been the result of great people who work harder than any other team I’ve ever been a part of.

These people are first-class, innovative, genuine people who actually care about their customers.  There are a few things that make Fpweb.net a special place and I am hoping that since I’m no longer working there, these statements will serve as an unbiased look at what makes Fpweb.net a worthy company to follow for research or to do business with.

  1. They care.  The employees take a tremendous amount of pride in their work and in providing a world-class infrastructure and service to thousands of businesses around the world.   Yes, things are going to go awry in the IT world, but the key is to have a group of engineers and customer service people who want to make it right.  You won’t find a better group of people on the other end of that phone when you call for something you need. These are real people with real families who truly realize the value of our clients.
  2. They work hard. If you could spend a “day in the life” of any one of the team members at Fpweb.net, you would notice one thing: they work hard.  There is passion, drive and enthusiasm in all that they do.  This isn’t some lollygagging, group of people collecting a paycheck.  These are people working towards a goal of being the #1 hosting provider in the industry.  They are already #1 in the world of SharePoint Hosting, but we want to be known for more than just SharePoint hosting.  I think if you’ll follow this company over the next couple of years, you will be amazed at their growth and accomplishments.   And, plainly and simply, those achievements are going to come through an incredible work ethic and determination that is unsurpassed.
  3. They innovate. If you want to be a part of a company who is leading the way in technology, marketing, customer service and innovation, Fpweb.net is it.  I wish I could share with you just 5 or 10 of the ideas on the dry erase board in our war room.  These guys are the best and brightest in the business.  With people like Rob LaMear, Erica Toelle, Chris Schwab, Andy Milsark, April Blackwell, Aaron Lademann, Rob Marshall, some of the best .Net guys on earth, and on and on and on — incredible success is inevitable.

Well, being that this is a blog, I’ll have to stop there.  I’ve already gone past the point of many readers’ free time.  I know that my departure may have caused a quick blip on the Fpweb.net roadmap of success, but I also know they‘ve already made up for it and then some.  Fpweb.net has never been about one person.  It has been about a family of great people with a common mission and vision.  I’ll be keeping tabs on the amazing success and growth of the company, and of the world class people that put Fpweb.net in a league all their own.

And as a final, inside message to all my friends at Fpweb.net; you have been patriots of incorruptible integrity, soldiers of valor and statesmen of consummate wisdom, whose talents and virtues will be admired for many years to come.

Thank you for teaching me so much.  I will miss you all.

2011-03-29T18:45:49+00:00 March 29th, 2011|


  1. Ellie Rodgers March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    You are missed already Tom! Best wishes for your new journey in Phoenix!

  2. Mark Miller, @EUSP March 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Tom – Looking forward to seeing you behind the home team dugout. Save me a seat. Good things are on the way. Regards — Mark

  3. Tom Brauch March 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark!  Thanks to helping pave the road of success for Fpweb.net!  You and nothingbutsharepoint.com rock! 

  4. Jeremy Thake March 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Good luck with your new role. Thanks so much for everything around NothingButSharePoint.com, I completely agree with the above…the fpWeb guys are all superstars!

  5. Dave Winkler April 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm - Reply


    Best of luck in your new adventure. Let me know if I can help in any way whatsoever. You are a stand-up guy, and I wish the best for you.

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