August 2008. Barack Obama officially became the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States. There were Olympics in China, war in Georgia, and middle class America deemed cherry chapstick pop culture’s new sapphic symbol of a generation.
And in Reno, Nevada, in the midst of a rising unemployment rate, an increasingly unstable housing market, and a few shaky earthquakes, I made the decision to open my own public relations practice. The dream that is now The Abbi Agency unfolded at my dining room table, with two laptops, a landline, my sister, and a heaping pile of passion.
On Monday, I opened a letter from the Editor-in-Chief of Inc Magazine congratulating The Abbi Agency on its placement at #1945 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This surreal accolade reinforced the notion that our Reno public relations agency was no longer ‘little’; in fact, it has grown to be bigger and better than I could have ever imagined.
Our successes have not come without failures. Our growth has not come without pains. And our company would not be what it is today without the support, guidance, and trust of many individuals. The work we’ve provided to our friends and colleagues dreams has in turn made our dreams come true. And for that, I am so grateful and humbled to be writing this commemoration.
Today I am not thinking entirely of the past. I am instead focused more than ever on the future of our company, region, and the individuals who dedicate their intelligence and passion to every project that comes through the door.
Under the leadership of my husband and business partner, Ty, I expect the agency to continue thriving. Expansion is never ending, and we will continue to work tirelessly to provide our clients with superior products and results, break into new industries, and offer a work environment of opportunity and challenge to our current and future employees. And yes, we’ll continue to win awards, spearhead public policy, and contribute to the positive economic growth of Reno.
We’ve accomplished so much in eight years. My biggest sense of accomplishment, however, rests on empowering those around me to be their best, own their abilities, and put their passions to use for the greater good.
Our company doors are always open to those who need a helping hand or word of advice. We will never forget those who supported us from the beginning, and welcome future friends and clients to make the next 8 years, 18 years, and hopefully 80 years be ones we look back on with pride and a continued sense of accomplishment.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all those who’ve made our labor of love one of the most fulfilling parts of Ty and my life. Cheers to the great journey ahead.
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