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Looking for the Best Business Anniversary Idea? It’s One Of A Kind!

By , January 20th, 2022

Regardless the size of your company, reaching a milestone anniversary is an occasion to celebrate! It provides a unique marketing and communications opportunity to preserve and showcase the story, past and present. According to the Small Business Administration, less than 1/3 of new employer establishments survive the 7th year. Considering how few companies survive, let alone prosper, your anniversary is an accomplishment worth commemorating.

So how do you celebrate this important business milestone? (more…)


Client Spotlight: Clay Blackmore

By , January 16th, 2022

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One Of A Kind has had wonderful collaborations with photographer Clay Blackmore. The first collage Clay commissioned commemorated his road from Texas to D.C., which included his journey from protégé of the legendary Monte Zucker, to one of the most sought-after photographers in the world. Working with Clay, Lawrence and I came to appreciate the exquisite artistry of his work—including his amazing wedding photography.

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XTRA-ordinary CEO Tribute Art for an XTRA-ordinary Leader

By , December 10th, 2021

One Of A Kind recently worked with XTRA Lease to create a personalized 3-dimensional retirement tribute for their long-time CEO. A custom-made, bespoke shadowbox was the perfect gift to show appreciation for this leader who was also a mentor and a friend. Our collaborator at XTRA Lease wrote that the celebration send-off was a huge success, and when the CEO was presented with the gift, he was “overwhelmed, as were all the attendees at the event…folks are still looking at the piece noticing items they overlooked the first time.”
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C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. 75th Anniversary Art: “The Road to Success is Always Under Construction”

By , December 8th, 2021

C.W. Matthews Contracting Co.’s 75th anniversary art is as big and bold as the roads they build. The 3-dimensional commemorative art tells the story of how CWM paved their way to success, from their humble beginnings as a grading business with four employees, to becoming an industry leader of transportation projects and materials. Now a 4th generation family owned business, the art was presented to the Matthews family to celebrate their 75-year history.
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As the Role of CEO Continues to Evolve, The Best CEO Retirement Gift Remains the Same!

By , November 22nd, 2021

The role of the Chief Executive Officer emerged early in the 20th century as modern corporations grew. The managerial structures called for individual executives to run different business units and functions. As large firms developed with lots of employees, hierarchies, and divisions, the business world started seeing more CEOs.

CEOs have always had to adapt to new challenges, but the speed and urgency with which these arise has increased dramatically over the years. For example, a CEO from the 1950s had a certain number of business-critical decisions maybe once or twice in their tenure; today, CEOs face those same kind of decisions several times a year. CEOs play an important role in providing deep, long-term thinking and finding elegant ways to align stakeholder interests with shareholder interests.

So what do you present the truly exceptional CEO upon retirement as a thank you for the years they dedicated to an organization? One Of A Kind offers the perfect solution. (more…)


Happy Founder’s Day to Wendy’s! Celebrating the Anniversary of a One Of A Kind Collaboration

By , November 15th, 2021

Wendy's 45th Anniversary Commemorative Artwork in the new Dave Thomas Center

It’s Founder’s Day at Wendy’s International, honoring Dave Thomas. Lawrence and I remember well when the international fast food restaurant chain approached One Of A Kind to create 3-dimensional commemorative art celebrating their first 25 years. In 1993, Denny Lynch, Wendy’s SVP, Corporate Communications, and Kitty Munger, Director of Communications, first traveled from Dublin, OH to One Of A Kind to see examples of 3-dimensional commemorative art. Dave Thomas was Chairman, Jim Near was President/CEO, and Wendy’s 25th anniversary was approaching. (more…)


A 100th Anniversary to Celebrate – Reflecting Back to 1921 and a Century of History

By , November 9th, 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, do you know what was happening in 1921? Fun facts:

– The post office pilots flew mail from San Francisco to New York in a new record time – 33 hours and 20 minutes!

  • – Ford Motor Co. produced about 55% of US automobiles.

– And 8 million women were working, with about 87% in teaching and secretarial work.

At One Of A Kind, we help companies highlight their anniversaries and celebrate their stories with 3-dimensional commemorative. Part of the creation process requires extensive research on the history of the company, which makes us naturally curious about the circumstances surrounding the formation of these organizations.
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