Tonight we celebrate our 11th anniversary and borrowed our theme from “One of rock’s loudest bands”, Spinal Tap. This one goes to eleven!
As much as we had hoped we could build a company that would one day celebrate its eleventh birthday and more, it was hard to believe it in 1999. It seems like a long time ago and just yesterday. Working with talented, fun, passionate and creative people will do that for you. Our people, our community, our friends we have created over the years make it seem like we’ve worked together forever. We celebrate tonight you, our friends and colleagues who have helped us grow and succeed. I know we have all worked hard along the way knowing that it’s possible to love the work you do and the people who do it with you. For Voce it’s always been about the people. We gravitate to good people and do our best to involve them and help them in building an environment of opportunity and reward.
There is no magic to it. It is our people, our community and our friends who deserve our congratulations.
So tonight we celebrate our people, past and present. We celebrate the scribes, journalists, analysts, influencers, pundits and all the people we contact on behalf of our clients: thank you for your dedication to the craft and for giving us the chance to tell our story. And we celebrate our clients, the people and organizations who took a chance on us. We are honored to be a part of your teams and programs.
Thank you, Voce Nation, for allowing me to work with the very best in the business.
As a parting thought, here is a snapshot of the headlines from 1999. Y2K software patch, anyone?
- Toy Story 2, Fight Club, The Matrix, Star Wars Episode I, and American Beauty are in the theaters. Shakespeare in Love wins Best Picture.
- The Backstreet Boys set a first-week sales record, and Woodstock ’99 is held in Rome, NY
- The Mandalay Bay Hotel opens in Vegas
- The Dow closes above 10,000 for the first time on March 29. The Dow closes above 11,000 for the first time on May 3. (what bubble?)
- Napster is born
- Apple releases the first iBook
- Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France
- Viacom and CBS merge
- World population reaches 6 billion