Lip Sync Rock Stars: Hungry Like A Wolf, Turning Japanese
Milestone Systems Americas held its annual summer party on June 23, in the warm wood architecture and green setting of the new Nordia House in Portland, Oregon – a natural location choice for a company with Danish founders and headquarters! After three days of packed-agenda sales meetings for more than 60 out-of-state Channel Business Managers and Pre-Sales Engineers, 100 employees gathered for the fest.
This included ROIFI awards announced by Americas VP Tim Palmquist, recognizing Reliability, Openness, Innovation, Flexibility and Independence – the values we encourage and praise in our company culture. David Carranza, PSSS Sales Support Specialist; Danielle Quinones, Professional Services Schedule Coordinator; and Chad Palmquist, Inside Sales Manager, were all applauded for their outstanding skills and tireless assistance to the broad Milestone community of partners and customers.
Victoria Jayka, Marketing Specialist in the Americas and queen of event planning, was also recognized with a global ‘One Passion To Win’ accolade, which had first been announced at the company’s Danish summer party earlier this month, held at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
Then the Lip Sync Contest began!
Among the many talented performers were ‘Mike’s Engineers’: a triad of terrific techies who work in the Professional Services group under Mike Sherwood, the director of our teams who provide pre-sales and other support to our integrator partners. John Welch had
grown out his bountiful beard and was rockin’ it on stage with Alex Knapik, whose sleeveless tee said ‘Keep your software running’ across the back and showed off a BLEM tattoo on his beefy bicep (John Blem is Milestone’s CPO and co-founder).
Andrew Markle had the key role of presenting his laptop screens to illustrate the songs, first with the historic Milestone Husky dog-eye graphic while the band ‘sang’ along to ‘Hungry Like A Wolf‘ by Duran Duran. The PC then showed The Milestone Post blog titled ‘It’s Not A Wolf!‘ before revealing a large pink heart above the logos and portraits of our Milestone CEO Lars Thinggaard and the esteemed Canon Chairman and CEO Mr. Mitarai, as the music segued into a resounding and energetic version of ‘Turning Japanese‘ by The Vapors. As the song soared into its finale, the heart on the screen grew larger with everyone clapping and cheering in delight!
by Courtney Dillon Pedersen, Corporate Communications Manager, Milestone Systems