|Name: Dan Flowers
Profession: President and CEO, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Location: Akron, Ohio
Company: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, 50 staff members
Dan Flowers is the president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. A former guitar teacher, Dan’s passion for food banking was sparked after taking a grant writing class in graduate school. After working as a grant writer for the Food Bank in Flint, Michigan, he eventually came to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank to become CEO. Dan uses Evernote to help him tackle his inbox, to-dos, keep track of paperwork, and manage his team to make sure that business flows smoothly.
I use Evernote, Everywhere:
I use Evernote for…
I came to Akron to run the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Our customers are charities that in total serve 180,000 people a year. As CEO and a member of the National Committee of Food Bankers, I get hundreds of emails a day and travel frequently. Evernote is with me every step of the way:
- Evernote as a replacement for flagging emails for followup and tasks: I forward emails for followup to my Evernote account and tag them all appropriately. My assistant, who also uses Evernote, also sends important emails and reminders straight to my Evernote account. Evernote is my hub. I just watch the stream and tag things as they come in. [Learn how to send emails to your Evernote account]
- For keeping documents in sync: I save documents in Evernote. I travel regularly for work and often have to review documents on the go. I forward all of my emails with document attachments to Evernote and mark them up on my iPad on the plane.
- For capturing inspiration in the community: I’m always taking pictures with Evernote on my iPhone. If I’m out in the community and I see something that might help us enhance our brand and promote our message, I snap a photo of it.
- For tracking the cycle time of a project: I’ll take a document that an employee is working on, date it, put my initials on it and then snap a photo of it. I’ll wait to see where it ultimately lands in the file and pull up the picture I snapped to see how long it took for the document to get finalized.
- For audio notes and reminders: I take notes in all kinds of places, with whatever device I have on hand. Even when I’m driving, I’ll pull up Evernote on my phone and record a voice memo.
- For juggling multiple action items, on the go: For me, one of the best features of Evernote is the sync and the way that all of the apps work together so well across my various devices. It’s the most seamless multi-platform interface I’ve seen and makes Evernote an invaluable tool for any multi-tasking CEO or manager.
Evernote as an expression of your work style
I’ve noticed that the more I’ve been using Evernote, the more it’s become a reflection of my management style. I can see how I interact with people, the processes that I implement, and how I see a project come to fruition. That’s a pretty unique thing to be able to see in such a visual way.
Are you a manager or CEO? How are you using Evernote to tackle your day-to-day?