It’s almost official and the word has gone out: I have stepped down from leading theÂ Vancouver Salesforce.com User GroupÂ after founding it two years ago (follow the link above to view my message to the group). We started with 1 member and I am leaving with 191 on the list.Â While I didn’t go into my reasons for leaving in my letter to our members – I wanted to add a few thoughts here.First, it was a great experience. It amazed me how many people I met from all parts of the U.S and Canada and the opportunities that resulted from leading the group. I learned a ton. I learned about organizing and promoting events, about networking, about building relationships, my knowlegde of CRM vastly increased for obvious reasons and the list goes on.What a trip.For the past several months now I have been realizing that it was time for a change. It was obvious I was loosing steam and wanted to leave on a high note and see the group maintain momentum and continue to grow. I have also realized that in 2009 I am going to need to make some changes in order to pursue a couple of opportunities, one that has been offered to me and another that I will need to build myself. Often, in order to progress we must sacrifice something and the user group is the 1st in a series of things I will be giving up in the coming months.The user groups are a great idea and one of the many things Salesforce.com has done right as a company and I will be taking many lessons from my time working with them on to my own ventures down the road.So that’s that.Stay tuned for what’s next. 2009 promises to be a change filled and exciting year.