At the recent RootsTech Conference, I had an opportunity to sit and talk with three of the senior managers of FamilySearch:
- Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch
- Shipley Munson, VP of Marketing for FamilySearch
- Don Anderson, Senior VP of Patron Services for FamilySearch
Our primary topic of conversation was the RootsTech conference that was happening around us. I asked several questions, including:
- What is RootsTech?
- Why do you have a RootsTech?
- Why is FamilySearch doing this?
The three of them described the conference plans and some of the thinking that went into those plans. They also described the results and even made predictions about next year's events. My favorite quote in this interview was made by Jay Verkler: "We didn't expect 3,000 people, either."
You can listen to this podcast now with your computer's speakers or copy it to your iPod or any other MP3 music player for later playback. To listen to it now, click on the "FamilySearch_Senior_Mgrs" link above the picture. To save the audio file, right-click on the same link (Macintosh users can Command-Click), and select "Save As..." to save it to anyplace on your hard drive, to iTunes, or any other place as you wish. The podcast is 13 minutes 11 seconds long.
NOTE: This podcast was recorded in the RootsTech Community Zone Expo Hall. You will hear background noise as thousands of genealogists were in the hall, talking with vendors, trying various products, and even playing games in the RootsTech Playground.