Casey and I were so excited to hear we were voted "Most Innovative Firm of the Year." We received a call from Grace McNamara, President & CEO of Window Fashion Vision magazine, as we were beginning our first day of exhibiting at High Point Furniture Market in High Point, NC. What a great way to start the day!
We were presented the award on Wednesday May 13th during the WOW Award Ceremony in Atlanta, GA at the Vision 09/IWCE show. The ceremony includes winners from the Design & Workroom competition and the Industry Award winners. We were one of the six Industry Award winners. During my talk, I mentioned we would have loved to have won each of the awards. Each award was a honor to win. I also mentioned that Casey and I have a fantastic team that are all dedicated which help to make Minutes Matter truly the "Most Innovative Firm of the Year." Some of our team includes Vickie Ayres (the Countess of QuickBooks), Laureen Ameye (our most talented graphic artist), Merlyn Corcoran (Studio's Wizard), Anna Davis (Studio's tech support specialist), Lee McElwee (our Customer Care Specialist.)
Casey and I were even more honored to find out that our customers and readers from Window Fashion Vision magazine had voted for us. The Industry Awards are voted on differently than the Design & Workroom competition awards. The Industry Awards are voted on from everyone in the industry. The Design & Workroom competition awards are voted on by a panel of judges. I congratulate all the winners. Each of us worked very hard to earn our award.
If you are wondering where I am in the photograph, I am seated in the front row in the center and proudly holding our award. If you are wondering where Casey is, she had to miss this very special night since it was Maddie's birthday (Maddie is now eight years old.) In fact, Owen and Casey were scheduled to arrive at the conference Thursday night, after celebrating Maddie's birthday, but Morgan, the four year old, swallowed a nickel. They were driving to Atlanta and had to turn around and head back to meet Lee, my youngest son, at the emergency room. We are still waiting for the nickel to pass.