I am currently shedding tears in an internet cafe in Laos. I have had no internet access for the last 2 days as we floated down the Mekong in a slow boat. When I logged on tonight, I was shocked to learn that one of the finest men I have had the privilege of knoing passed away a few days ago.
Garry Betty was the CEO of EarthLink and a big part of why I joined the company. He was an even bigger part of why I stayed with EarthLink for the past 8 years. It was largely because of Garry’s professional and personal blessing that we embarked on this trip. Garry was a great CEO, a wonderful friend, and a magnificent mentor. My heart goes out to his wife, Kathy, and the entire Betty family. If it were humanly possible, I would be in Atlanta for his funeral. Because it is not, please accept my long distance condolences and know how much I loved and appreciated this great man. He was the best of men: strong in intellect, tough in business, and the kind of ethical leader most companies can only hope to have at their helm. Garry, I cannot express in words how much you will be missed.
I will continue to have limited access for the next few days. When I am able, I will reach out to my fellow EarthLinkers. Until that time, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.