Receiving an Award

Sophocles once said, “Look and you will find it — what is unsought will go undetected.” It was this philosophy that led me to this company. When I graduated from college ten years ago, I had a definite image in mind of the kind of place where I wanted to work, and I set out to find it. I was looking for a company with the potential to grow, and that I could grow with. I was looking for a nurturing boss who could teach me through example and experience. I was looking for coworkers I could depend on and also consider friends. I was looking for an environment where I could feel free to think creatively and, best of all possible worlds, even be rewarded for it. I knew it was a tall order, but I was determined that if such a company existed, I would find it. I even turned down a few offers because they just didn't seem right. But when I stepped through the doors at Ticketflash, it did seem to have it all. Ten years later, I'm happy to say that initial search yielded exactly what I'd been seeking — and more.

I don't know many people who are still excited, ten years down the line, to get out of bed to go to work. But I am. And to receive an award for something I love doing is a true gift for which I am grateful.

When I found out that I was being given this award, it gave me time to reflect on the period of time I have spent at Ticketflash. I will never forget the first major account I ran, the Second Avenue Theater. The theater director was a real character, and I worked day and night trying to please him. As our first season working with them came to a close, I went out with some coworkers to celebrate making it through without a major mishap. Wouldn't you know, though, that I got a call from the director that very night? It seemed that a batch of tickets we'd ordered for them had been printed entirely in purple. Well, I thought he was going to flip his lid. I also thought that would put a fast end to my employment here. But I got the surprise of my life when he then told me how he always hated the old tickets and that purple was his favorite color. So I learned a valuable lesson. Success has a lot to do with hard work, time, and effort, but sometimes luck plays a part in it too. And I've been very lucky.

I've been lucky to work with such incredible people whom I admire and love. Marlon, thank you for the gracious and moving presentation. This is overwhelming. I have worked under you for my entire tenure here. I have learned immeasurable business savvy from you. In my estimation, this award is as much yours as it is mine. I would not be accepting an award of excellence without the wisdom and confidence you have imparted to me. Thank you.

Josh, Katherine, and Kyle, you are the working definition of a dream team. Many people might not think of marketing as a creative field. But with our group, I feel like the Beatles must have felt when they would create a hit song. All elements come together in perfect harmony. And, Josh, I'm not even going to mention the fact that you led the company softball team to the league championships two years in a row! I truly couldn't dream of three more upstanding and fine people I would rather spend such a large chunk of my life with. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I've also been lucky, throughout the years, to have so many wonderful clients whom I've been honored to work with, many of whom, I'm touched to see, are here tonight. Clients with whom I feel so very proud to be associated. Clients I am glad to call friends.

I want to wrap up by once again thanking everyone for giving me this beautiful night, this wonderful award. Your caring guidance, your warm camaraderie, your business! Thank you for giving me a glorious memory of a very proud and happy time in my life, a memory I am sure to reflect upon for years to come. I am truly honored to receive your award of excellence.

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