Last night Point It was named one of Washington’s fastest growing private companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal for the fourth year in a row. Not only that, we were the 16th fastest growing private company for the three year period ending in 2014. We had never cracked the top 50 so it was especially thrilling hearing the countdown pass from 100 to 50, 40, 30, 20 and finally landing on “Sweet 16”.
I cannot tell you how proud I am of the great staff, management team and clients that made this possible. As a company we have had our challenges and will continue to have challenges in the future. One thing I have learned is that we get through those challenges and become better for it. Transitions in staffing and management can be very unsettling for any company. It feels like your feet are not on solid ground and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But I can tell you from experience there is and the transitionary period is often the most creative and rewarding of times. Like the dark and dreary Seattle winters, we have to go through hard times to truly appreciate the beauty of the good times. We may have basked in the lime light last night but there are always ebbs and flows with any organization.
OK, I’ll get off my soap box. Wow, what a great time we all had last night.
- I really appreciated our President, Frank Coyle, getting up on the stage and talking about the values that matter to us most, building a great company culture, providing exceptional customer service and giving back to the community.
- It was enlightening to see so many close associates in the room. I literally counted four of my former Entrepreneur Network teammates, one of my longest clients, and my business mentor on the stage with us representing their companies that made the list. What are the chances of that? It made me realize that even though Seattle and Washington are growing so rapidly, we are still a very tight knit community.
- It was also great to have two of our newest team members join us last night. They are the future of Point It so it was so important that they learn firsthand what our company is all about.
When I tweeted the award last night I received a lot of congrats from friends and family; but I couldn’t help feeling guilty. Sure, I started this thing 12 years ago but I certainly can’t take credit for its success today. Heck, I was off earning a graduate degree and running for local office last year. This company is growing by itself organically due to the truly dedicated, passionate and talented Pointers (current and former) who make it happen each and every day. I am humbled and very proud of them all!