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Please Take a Moment to Care

David ByrdThe country has taken a devastating blow this week with the death and destruction caused by a historical weather system. It is estimated that more than a hundred tornadoes were confirmed this week.

As many of you know, the death toll for this unusual weather has exceeded 300 people with thousands left homeless. It is easy to go about our day to day activities and ignore what has transpired but we should not.

What defines us as a country is our concern for the well being of those who are citizens that we do not know. I have never been to Tuscaloosa, Ala., but I still can share in their loss. I can still pray that they find comfort and solace after such a difficult event.

The IP community is a subset of a larger group that ultimately reaches the world. Between Japan, the Middle East, Africa and now the southern US, we have experienced more death, unrest and destruction then any time in recent memory. The news often presents this information in a painless and sometimes matter of fact way.

This morning as I raced out of the house, I paused to read a bit about the storms and their impact. Although Dallas is a long ways from Tuscaloosa, a family and friends have personally been affected by the tragedy. A promising University of Alabama senior from Dallas was killed by the storms. I do not know her or the family but if I am unable to feel for their loss then I have lost my humanity. Her name was Ashley Harrison, a 22-year-old pre-law student. She is just one of the 297 known dead who will be missed by their loved ones and family.

Take a moment today to pause and reflect on the events of this past week. Caring about things beyond ourselves and our local communities makes us stronger as a people and a nation. You can help by donating to the American Red Cross, a quality charity. You can find other organizations supporting this effort at MSNBC and other online news organizations.

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for

Broadvox,

and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.


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