Here’s to a Happy Holiday Season, From Our Family to Yours
It’s a beautiful day here in Charleston – bright, sunny, with crisp cool air. As I review my calendar and see all of the trips I’ve taken, and all those to come, it’s so hard to believe fall is really here. With the holidays around the corner, I’d like to take the time to share the things I’m most thankful for this year.
Over the past several months, Advantage has been fortunate enough to be awarded several local and national business-related awards and accolades. It all began in early July when we learned that for the first time, Advantage had been named #2405 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. To top it off, we were ranked #31 in our industry, Media. In September it was announced that we had yet again made it to the 2012 Empact100 List, a list of the top 100 companies run by CEOs age 30 and under. September also brought our second, consecutive Roaring Twenties award from the South Carolina Business Review as one of the state’s best-performing small companies.
This year has also proven to be one of growth for us in many ways. Over the past several months, we have increased our staff by adding four additional members across the sales and marketing departments. With the addition of Christina Wells (Marketing Manager) and Patti Travasos (Client Services Manager) to the Marketing Department, we are now poised to continue our efforts to grow both the Advantage brand and the brands of our clients. Late summer also proved to be a time of growth for our Sales department with the addition of David Seifert (VP of Business Development). Lastly, we have been so fortunate this year to welcome someone who has been a part of the Advantage Family as a valued consultant since our inception, Sonya Giffin. Sonya joined us as President this summer and we’ve already seen her ability to help guide and grow the company.
Last, but most importantly not least, I have to thank all of our wonderful clients. Without your support, we would not be in the position we are today. When I first started the company seven years ago, we had a handful of clients, literally. Now, we have published over 400 titles and the list keeps growing. It is because of your involvement and feedback that we continue to expand and transform our service offerings to best suit the needs of Advantage authors.
Here’s to a happy holiday season, from our family to yours.