This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Fingerpaint Marketing, a full-service, national marketing agency. The agency commemorated this milestone by doing what it has always done – putting people first – and flying the entire company to Scottsdale, AZ (plus a few of us at JONESWORKS!) for a four-day anniversary celebration.
Hosted at the scenic JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, nearly 200 Fingerpainters came together for four days of team building, and leisure activities, such as horseback riding and mountain biking. The unprecedented gathering provided employees the opportunity to converge and honor Fingerpaint’s incredible successes over the past decade.
Day one kicked off with a larger-than-life company meeting, where team members were recognized for their hard work by agency founder Ed Mitzen. As a special acknowledgement, Fingerpaint recognized three female employees who have gone above and beyond during their tenures; each woman received a custom Rolex in appreciation of their dedication to the growth and mission behind Fingerpaint.
“Fingerpaint has always made it a point to foster a people-first culture,” said Mitzen. “Just like a family would come together to celebrate a birthday, we wanted to ensure our entire team – from all offices – was in one place to celebrate what we have built and what we will continue to build, together.”
Additionally, Fingerpaint announced four exciting employee benefits, adding to their already stellar benefits package: a new student loan repayment assistance program, an office rotation program, a 300% increase in the 401(k) match, and summer business hours. The day closed out with a wonderful cocktail hour and dinner served on the grounds of Taliesin West, a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains.
Day two focused on charting Fingerpaint’s future with presentations, fun activities, and breakout sessions led by the agency’s creative leads. In typical creative Fingerpaint fashion, employee Bruce Rooke rode in to the outdoor presentation on a unicorn (a real live horse with a not-so-real horn and pink glitter mane) to drive home the point that Fingerpaint is a “unicorn” of an agency – an organization so rare, talented, and unique that planning for its future successes is an all-hands-on-deck operation of creativity, laughter, and love. Day two ended with an “Arizona Luau” themed dinner party at La Puesta del Sol in the Arizona Desert.
See below for pictures from this exciting celebration. Here’s to the next ten years!