“Without doubt, this is the most creative and impressive gift I have ever received in my lifetime, and I shall certainly treasure it.” – Hays T. Watkins, Former Chairman of the Board, CSX
McCoy’s Building Supply is a family owned and operated business that honored their retiring CEO with a One Of A Kind gift. Representing his Texas roots and Western aesthetic, the art is designed with barn wood slanted inner sides, surrounded by a mahogany frame and a mahogany base. (more…)
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…)
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.
In 2011, American Roller Bearing Company commemorated their 100th anniversary with One Of A Kind 3-dimensional art. A decade later, the art created by Lawrence Romorini in collaboration with the ARB team continues to reflect the company’s history, products, people, and accomplishments – and honor over a century of family leadership.
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.”
C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. 75th Anniversary Art: “The Road to Success is Always Under Construction”
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.
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…)
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…)
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.
- Association Anniversaries
- Company Anniversaries
- Education Anniversaries
- Executive Retirements and Awards
- Hospital Anniversaries
- Personal Gifts
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