“Imagine.” I mean, that’s John Lennon, right? [10th Anniv. Special Edition]
I moved to Nevada from Kalamazoo, Michigan in October of 2007. While in Michigan, I had worked at the same job for 20 years – as the office manager for one of the largest academic departments at a major Michigan university. Although the College of Business was big, our staff functioned like a family. Between lunches, potlucks and celebrations, we always helped one another and were there for each other no matter the “ups” and “downs” of our business and personal lives. When I retired, it truly was like leaving family behind.
After getting settled here in Nevada in early 2008, I realized that it was time I find a new job in my new home. It had been decades since I had actually looked for a job. What a nerve-wracking experience. Luckily, I ended up here, at Imagine Marketing.
As you can imagine, it took me a while to feel “at home” here; after all, it had been 20 years since I had been the “new person” at the office. But there were clues along the way to feeling at home that made me think this may just be an alright place to be.
Most notable was the name of the company: “Imagine.” I mean, that’s John Lennon, right? Any company that names itself after a Lennon song can’t be all bad. Then, there was the guitar sitting on a stand in one of the offices. (Another good sign.) There were framed movie posters on office walls – even a framed Woodstock poster. And, as a child of the sixties, any reference to Woodstock just makes me feel a little more comfortable. Throw in the little orange stuffed animal that sits on the sofa in our Art Department’s office and I was convinced this must be a good place for me.
What I eventually came to realize about Imagine Marketing is that this office, much like the office I had left back in Michigan, also functions like a family. It is comprised of creative, interesting and intelligent people who work together to help clients and one another – including picking up each other’s slack when needed and ensuring every job gets done. Most importantly, they know how to have a good time and make each other laugh. It’s the frequency of the laughter around here that makes it a great place to work. And I believe that it’s the genuine enthusiasm and caring, mixed with imagination and creativity, that makes any company work successfully.
Gail Orta is the media relations assistant/receptionist at Imagine Marketing.
Contact Gail at email@example.com