Happy Birthday Charlie – 17 Years of Corporate Event Marketing the Wilsonwest Way

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Happy Birthday Charlie – 17 Years of Corporate Event Marketing the Wilsonwest Way

img_2968_2When asked about the history of our corporate event planning company, I often answer with “Wilsonwest is as old as my son Charlie, as I founded the company just weeks before his img_2692_3_2arrival.” This comment often leads to my story about being a new mom choosing to leave the corporate world behind in the hopes of a more “balanced” life. I don’t know about balance, but it sure has been a fun ride filled with great projects, amazing people, lots of learning, and lasting friendships that developed along the way. What could be better than that? The birth of both Charlie and Wilsonwest was seventeen years ago and given that seventeen is my lucky number I’ve decided that it’s cause for celebration, a bit of reflection and seventeen gestures of gratitude:

  1. To Charlie for unknowingly inspiring me to take this journey
  2. To our valued clients – we appreciate you and we thank you for your trust, partnership and the many adventures we have shared around the globe
  3. To my incredible team of teachers, mentors, peer groups and other wise ones – thank you for sharing your wisdom and helping us thrive
  4. To our industry partners and friends – thank you for embracing The Wilsonwest Way (our strategy and philosophy behind corporate event marketing) and contributing to our success
  5. Ken, Ken, Ken, the creative design genius, friend, jokester, caring one
  6. To David for the ongoing support and trust
  7. To my former employers, Carlson Marketing Group…
  8. …and Merrill Lynch for a brilliant foundation on which to start a business
  9. To Nick for bringing his laser focus, sharp wit, and intelligence to Wilsonwest for the past 11 years
  10. Mary – for your unyielding loyalty and integrity and for being the “Boss-arella” behind the project timelines
  11. To my friend Megan who came up with the name Wilsonwest (no, there’s no Mr. West! It was meant to define the Coast upon which we live and work)
  12. To all of you who told a story about Wilsonwest, which later translated into a referral, as that is how our corporate event planning company has been built
  13. For Annie – when you came along I suddenly became much more efficient
  14. Woodrow Wilson for keeping me safe in the office (Mailmen, UPS, PG&E)
  15. Thanks Mom for allowing my early party planning forays to take over the kitchen, the backyard and just about every square inch of the house
  16. Apple, Google, Twitter, and all the amazing technology stuff that has made our work so much better and easier to do
  17. And finally, back to that #17 and the help of just little bit of luck ☺
  • Bret Wright
    Posted at 10:13h, 25 August

    Happy Birthday Charlie and Wilson West!

  • Aimee Brown
    Posted at 22:25h, 25 August

    How nice for you to share this. I was moved enough to make a comment. This is my first ever comment on a blog. And now a (belated) Happy Birthday to Charlie too.

  • John Heins
    Posted at 12:40h, 28 August

    Congrats on 17! The times I have worked with you onsite has been great fun. May you continue to execute highly professional work with smiles on your faces & warmth in your hearts… you girls rock! ^_^

  • Paula LeDuc
    Posted at 13:25h, 28 August

    Congratulations to you Cindy and your amazing team and to you Charlie on this Birthday of milestone significance!!! I could not be more proud to know you, partner with you, to count you among my dearest friends and to “play” with WW bringing new “deliciousness” to your events. Happy Anniversary!! With love and admiration, Paula

  • Lydia Brinkgreve
    Posted at 01:41h, 03 September

    Cindy and team, congratulations!
    This is a fantastic and well deserved milestone. It was such a pleasure to work with you and your team – David you rocked the boat 🙂 – during our great conference in Napa Valley.
    Wishing you all a wonderful celebration. Cheers, Lydia

  • Miladys Felix
    Posted at 15:26h, 04 September

    Happy Birthday Charlie and Wilson West. Cindy, Nick, Rich, and Lindsay, I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you. You led to a successful milestone in my career in helping plan a great event. Wishing you another 17 years of success!

  • sandraraven15
    Posted at 06:05h, 09 September

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.