Culture January 27, 2013

Agency Day: Have Whiteboard, Will Travel.


Dec. 20th was inferno’s semiannual Agency Day. Our last Agency Day was the previous summer, when we traveled to The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Ark. A tough act to follow.

This time, we started the festivities with a State of the Agency presentation at our Tennessee Street location. The partners recognized colleagues Ryan Knoll and Teri Hanners with the Above and Beyond Award, which is peer-nominated and given to an inferno employee in recognition of outstanding work ethic. Knoll and Hanners received a trophy and an extra paid vacation day.

In addition, Partner Dan O’Brien bestowed his much-anticipated Legacy Awards. These awards use an obscure historical figure to honor similar qualities reflected in the employee. Part history lesson, part roast, the Legacy Awards leave no employee unscathed.

After the razzing, we strolled to Central BBQ’s new downtown location on Butler Ave with our rolling white board in tow, and our cheesy holiday sweaters begging for fresh BBQ stains.

As we trundled past groups of holiday diners from other agencies, you could almost sense what they were thinking: “Those poor folks at inferno are doing some SWOT analysis for the holidays.”

In truth, no one knows how to turn a whiteboard into a party like inferno. This was a knockdown, drag out, doodle to the death game of Pictionary. Copywriters struggled to draw, art directors scrambled for words, and account service folks conspired to establish agency supremacy.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an inferno competition without some come-from-behind, controversial, we-were-robbed, almost-Cinderella story. There was one; it’s just none of us can remember it.

As we trudged back to the agency, with full bellies, rosy cheeks and merry memories, several infernites agreed this was the most fun agency day yet.

Thank you Dan, Michael and Tim.

P.S. Can’t wait to see what’s planned for our Summer Agency Day 2013.