I saw the post about introductions for a previous conference, and that seems like a good idea. I'll be attending the Chicago conference in March.
I work for the IT department at a university. I was a line manager for about 2 years. Over the last 2 years, we've migrated to a matrix organization model, so now I'm a resource manager, with 13 direct reports. I come from a technical background, so I often still think like a technician, but apparently, I'm good at managing people, my director tells me.
I discovered Manager Tools about a year ago, and spread the word to my coworkers when I can. I'm looking forward to learning how to use the tools more effectively.