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All Seasons Communications is a pet-friendly work place. Phineaus and Fiona let us know when we have visitors and when deer or turkeys are in the backyard.
According to MSN, “if you’re tired of your co-workers or boss barking orders at you, maybe it’s time to suggest that the company adopt a policy to allow dogs in the workplace. While there is a great divide between pet lovers and haters, the benefits for employees and the company can far outweigh the cons.” We agree.
Looking for ways to motivate or engage with your workforce?
Our staff started using the TED Talks to open discussions on a variety of topics. From team-building to voice improvement skills, we found even those topics that were non-business related still could be applied to our industry of communication and marketing.
Try this: schedule a quarterly TED Talks discussion with your staff. Ask each staff member to find one TED Talks video that could influence positive change and motivation within the office.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). "We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world."
Within just a few short months, we are again welcoming a new addition to the All Seasons Communications’ family.
Our senior account manager, Erin Schmotzer, welcomed her new son into the world on Monday March 28th. Braden Earl Schmotzer arrived exactly as the doctor predicted—on his due date! Weighing in at 7 lbs.15 oz. and reaching 19” long, Braden is well on his way to giving his older brother Austin a run for his money. We wish the very best to Erin, her husband Jason and their two sons.
Looking for ways to get healthy and fit with your coworkers? We have an idea for you! The All Seasons Communications staff has committed to a 'Health and Happiness' day once a quarter. Each member of the staff is responsible for bringing a healthy food item from one of the following categories: breakfast, morning snack, lunch or afternoon snack. We enjoy the food items together, then in the afternoon we do an exercise—yoga, 'deskercise,' stretching, etc.
This is also a great way to discover new, healthy recipes!
As many of our clients know, our Vice President Cheryl Russell and her husband Tim were expecting their first child in December. Friends, family, clients and co-workers shared mixed opinions on the chances of a Christmas baby. Some shared experiences of family members whose birthday was overshadowed by being born on December 25th, while others recounted the special attention the birthday boy/girl received. No matter the opinion, everyone wished for a healthy baby to arrive to the deserving parents.
We are excited to announce that Christmas day brought the most precious of gifts to Cheryl and Tim—a baby boy! Sutton Davis Russell was born at 3:49 p.m. Their son weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and reached an impressive 21” long. The family of three are doing very well!
All Seasons Communications is pleased to welcome our newest account manager, Kristen Keller. Kristen brings her writing talents to the ever increasing collection of website projects, social media postings and blog articles. With a journalism degree from Oakland University and her diverse writing experience, we are confident she will provide a wonderful addition to our creative team. Away from our office, Kristen is often snapping and uploading pictures on Instagram of her two sons Roman and Reid, taking a walk, biking or planning her next hiking adventure out West.
Kristen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586.752.6381.
Coming to All Seasons Communications with a diverse background, Gretchen's forte is writing everything from press releases to websites and social media to marketing copybut she also loves rolling up her sleeves and doing whatever needs to be done for a client or program.
Gretchen graduated from Central Michigan with a major in journalism and a double minor in English and Humanities.
When not compulsively crafting copy for clients, Gretchen can be found attending Girl Scout events with daughters Madeleine and Josephine, relaxing on Mullet Lake with her family, or introducing her cats Popcorn and Peanut to a new cat scratch contraption.
You can reach Gretchen at email@example.com.
ASC has recently been certified as a business owned and controlled by a woman by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the first national certifier of Women Business Enterprises. Over 700 public and private sector individuals participated in establishing the standards and procedures of this rigid certification review. The goal of the certification program is to increase the ability of women business owners to compete for contracts at a national level.
"Certification provides a marketing opportunity for women business enterprises to participate in outreach programs," says Beth Monicatti-Blank, President, ASC. "In addition, this program will enable us to develop relationships with larger, public and private companies and create opportunities for future partnerships."
NWBOC, a national 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners. NWBOC seeks to provide more corporations with the opportunity to benefit from women suppliers and to provide women business owners the opportunity to compete.
ASC is proud to have been certified as a Woman Business Enterprise and will use its new status to obtain new business.
Erin Schmotzer has been with All Seasons Communications for almost 10 years. She is one of two Michigan State University alumni in the office. Erin spent a summer as an intern at WITL-FM in Lansing. It was there she fell in love with country music and now keeps the office radio tuned in to the local country station, which annoys her coworkers.
Erin manages various projects for her clients, which include copywriting, media planning and buying. She enjoys seeking out new opportunities for clients to build brand awareness and increase sales. When asked how she likes working at a small agency Erin said, "It's great! I am able to dabble in all aspects of marketing and advertising instead of limiting myself to just one area. On a typical day, I might schedule a TV campaign, write a blog article, select photos and graphics for a website, and research distribution locations for a publication."
When not at the office, Erin and her husband Jason (who became first-time homeowners last fall) can be found working on their house or watching college sports. They will soon fly a "house divided" flag, warning neighbors to stay away whenever MSU and U of M compete.
Dave Apt is the website developer for All Seasons. He has worked for the agency since 2000, when he was hired to fill the need for web design services when the popularity of websites became more of a necessity than a luxury. Dave graduated from Madonna University in Livonia with bachelor degrees in computer science and English. With the exception of the founder, Ken Monicatti, Dave is the sole male in an office of talented women. When asked if enjoys working with all women, Dave responded "I am the luckiest guy in the world to be able to work with such talented and wonderful women, at least that's what they keep telling me ... daily. Seriously, I've had the good fortune to work with people who not only make me better, but people I consider friends."
Although his co-workers and friends may refer to Dave as a nerd, he actually is rarely found surfing the web or purchasing the latest technological gadget. He is more likely found walking the trails of Stony Creek Metropark, riding his bike on local trails, or keeping tabs on his dog Bella. Dave believes that technology has a place in our lives, but it should always take a back seat to personal development.
It's been a couple of years now since I vacated my desk at All Seasons. Almost daily though I stick my head in the door, pet the company dog, say hello to everyone and ask: "What's going on?" Sometimes they ask my advice, sometimes I give it. However, if the conversation gets too intense, I gracefully look at my watch and tell them that it's time for golf or my favorite news program. 'Carry on.'
In November I spent some time at the Michigan Manufactured Housing and Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association meeting, taking pictures, seeing a lot of All Seasons clients, listening to the political reports and generally having a great time with some dear friends. It was good to hear that there are some things that are getting better.
Yes, retirement is nice, especially when you have a great staff taking care of business.
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