December 23, 2010
Thank you …How easy those words are to say, and how infrequently we hear them.
I’m writing this post while flying at 38,000 feet as I return to Charlotte from an inspiring trip to Los Angeles. When I stop to think about that, it makes my head spin.
It was just over a year and a half ago when Boxman Studios purchased our dilapidated container from Doerre Construction, and Wally Wilhelm and I started to cut it up to see what was possible. I could hardly imagine how far we’d come in eighteen months. From working both coasts for some of the top brands and venues, to being recognized as one of the most innovative green startups in America, to creating new concepts and applications for use in 2011 – since our inception, our team has helped create something very special here at Boxman. A team that has become something of a family. And for this, I’m extremely grateful.
As we move into 2011, we look forward to announcing the use of our products on some of America’s top drama and talk shows, as well as creating philanthropy initiatives for charities that we hope includes commercial centers in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. We’re also expanding our company. While Charlotte will always be our home, we have opened one satellite office in Greenville, SC and are opening a sales and distribution center in Los Angeles. Our LA opening comes in conjunction with being part of the LA TED Talks at the end of February. We also expect to have more satellite locations coming online in Q2 2011 as well.
And it’s all because of our people. One of the first bits of advice I received when I started out in business was to surround myself with the best people possible. Indeed, our amazing growth could not have been possible without the amazing efforts and hard work of so many talented and dedicated people. People who have become part of the Boxman Studios family.
To Jim Mitchem of smashcommunications, the logic-driven force behind the Boxman Studios brand, all marketing, advertising and communications strategies, as well as our social media campaigns.
To Kevin Kennedy and Chris Scorsone of Cluck Design Collaborative, the design geniuses that have taken my juvenile design ideas and turned them stunning representations of ideas that our clients can wrap their minds around.
To Jeff Sutthoff of Sutthoff Design for creating our logo and being ever present for my infamous last minute calls with the need for imagery and design work.
To Wally Wilhelm who has been with me from day one when I was struck with the crazy idea to repurpose decommissioned shipping containers.
To the men who cut, fabricate, transport, setup and breakdown our products.
To all the support staff and vendors who continue to impress me with the way they handle their business.
And to everyone who has ever supported us in any way, thank you. We couldn’t have done as much as we have in such a short time without you. And because of you, our future looks bright.
From our family to yours, happy holidays.