Friday, February 15

A Few Thoughts On The PricewaterhouseCoopers Office Building In Potsdamer Platz In Berlin

PricewaterhouseCoopers office building at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin

It was almost one year ago — on March 5, 2007, to be exact — when I took this picture of PricewaterhouseCoopers' office building at Potsdamer Platz in the heart of Berlin.

I e-mailed the picture that night to Doug Stanley, a friend and former Tribune reporter who had recently joined PwC in Tampa. Perhaps you should learn some German, I suggested. You could be transferred here.

I remember very clearly what went through my head as I took this photograph in Berlin.

I asked myself what it would be like if I were to leave the world of newspapers, the only industry that has ever provided me a paycheck, and risk taking my talents and expertise into another field. I wondered what it would be like to work for an employer that's established all over the world, like my father did with Citibank and American Express. I realized that I have never worked for a company that's been listed on any kind of Best Employers list.

Most of all, I wondered what it would feel like if I were taking a picture of the PricewaterhouseCoopers office building in Potsdamer Platz not for Doug, but for me.

Now if I go back to Berlin, I'll know the answer.

Yesterday afternoon, I accepted an offer to join PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tampa. I gave my two weeks' notice at the Tribune earlier today.

I'm excited about my new position, and that I'll be working once again with the inimitable Doug Stanley.

Taking that picture in Berlin inspired me to think about my career. I didn't set out with the intention of working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. It's a wonderful coincidence, though.

I don't pretend to understand the way the universe works, and that's OK.

I'll be taking lots of pictures of PwC buildings from now on.


Nigel Prescott said...

The editorial offices of Mr. Doodles Dog regrets that you will not be joining us, but congratulates you on your new career ... and photography subject.

Dr. Pauly said...


Missy Hurley said...

Congrats, Dave! I will miss working with you on pieces for the Tribune but I wish you all the best in your new position.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on achieving the great opportunity that awaits you at PWC, even though we here at PSU figured you'd fit right in here to become the latest in our assembly line of mobile quarterbacks.
I admit I've been confused since 1979 and that Sugar Bowl game against Alabama, but where the hell is this PWC/Pennsylvania Western College anyway?
Sincerely, JoepaII

Tampa Gypsy said...

I see how it is. All thrilled to be working with Doug Stanley. I am chopped liver, clearly.

Dave said...

As Complementary Spouse Britt Shirley can tell you, I *LOVE* chopped liver.

Jeff said...


Congratulations. I hate you.


Paul Abercrombie said...

Hey Dave,
How goes life away from newspaperville? I gotta admit I wouldn't go back now if I could.