Thanksgiving. Long ago Thanksgiving was an occasion for the community to give thanks for having gotten the harvest in (and showing gratitude that there was indeed a harvest). Today most of us don’t work the land, but we still spend the day giving thanks, often in the company of our families and friends. We hope that you’re able to spend the day enjoying the company of those you care about, and that you have plenty to be thankful for.
Here’s a roundup of what a few Actonians are giving thanks for this year:
Nice bosses, good teammates, OK workloads, great vegan food options… – how could I possibly ask for more? Human desires are evil, though… just saying. —Shine Lyui, Deliverability Services, Beaverton, Oregon
I am thankful for the opportunity I had with Act-On this year to live in the UK and help build the Act-On UK office. I had the best 6 months of my life living abroad and was fortunate to assist in creating an amazing Customer Success team. I am thankful for all of the new opportunities in this growing company and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us I am also thankful for my loving family and all of my great friends, I am truly blessed. I wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. —Jennifer Machgan, Customer Success, London, England, and Roseville, California
I am thankful to be alive and well with an incredible family that I love and that loves me. I am thankful to God for his love and for all he has given me including the opportunity to work for such an awesome company! Finally, I am thankful to have amazing friends all around the country. No matter how many miles are in between us, when we come together it’s like no time has passed! —Lacy Ver Steeg, Sales, Roseville
I am thankful that during my first week on the job here at Act-On, I got to have a beer and a chocolate doughnut—at the same time. And earlier that day, during a walk in the nearby park, I saw a baby bunny. I knew right away I had found a place to call home.—Lisa Cannon, Content, Beaverton
I get to wake up every day and help marketing and sales teams solve challenges and see results. I am grateful for to work for a company that cares about them as much as I do, and that trains and equips me to be excellent for my friends in the industry. —Philip Bosley, Customer Success, Roseville
I am thankful for God and the life he’s allowed me to have! I am thankful for my beautiful wife, who has supported me in life and career, and is a wonderful mother to our two kids, whom I am also thankful for. I am thankful for family, friends and that we live in a country where we’re able to move freely and speak our beliefs.I am very thankful for the opportunity to work for Act-On and be a part of the Spo-Compton office! I enjoy my co-workers, the daily challenges and love the potential this position has. Go 49ers! —Christopher Reimche, Sales, Spokane Valley, Washington
I am grateful to have a loving and supportive family. I am also grateful to be part of one of the hottest and fastest growing companies in America! —Caryl Carpenter, Product Specialist, Scottsdale
I’m thankful LeBron James came back home to Cleveland!” – Dan Carroll, Sales, Scottsdale, Arizona
I am thankful for a lot, especially since I come from India, where one might not be as privileged if circumstances were slightly different. For a good life. For a loving family. For the ability to put food on the table. For friends who are patient enough to tolerate me. 😉 And for living life on my own terms. —Arijeet Das Diengdoh, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
I’m thankful for Charlie, our puppy-cat. (I think the picture says it all.) —Monique Torres, Content, Beaverton
This year (as always) I have much to be thankful for, but a few things stand out. I’m thankful that I get to come home to my cute little house in the country every night after my long-arse commute, because it means I made it home safely. I’m thankful for my dogs, because even though they love to tell us at 1:30am that there is a bear somewhere within a quarter-mile radius of the house, I also know that they’d stand between it and my son in a heartbeat. I’m thankful for my husband, without whom I’d have to squish all kinds of country-sized creepy crawlies on my own (since apparently shooting them is frowned upon!) I’m thankful for my daughter’s third college major change, because it means she’s still a college student. I’m thankful for my 13-year-old son finally accepting the importance of showers and deodorant, because it means we are no longer suffocating from the smell of Axe or Eau de Athletic Teenager. (And we’re all hoping “clean laundry” is next.) And finally, I’m thankful for the friend that suggested I interview here at Act-On, because it’s been an awesome adventure with some equally awesome benefits that include great coworkers and bosses, and seemingly limitless potential for the future! —Alicia Norgaar Castorina, Sales Operations, Roseville
I am thankful for the goofy personalities that make me laugh, the megastars that are an inspiration, the rocks I can depend on to get the job done, the leaders that boost my confidence, the confidants that let me vent – all the people I work with that make up my second family! —Sonya Paul, Sales, Roseville
I want to give thanks to the Act-On family – for continuously exceeding expectations and always striving to better the product and provide unrivaled service and support. I am also thankful for our thousands of customers and partners who believe in our vision and continually support us month after month. So thank you! —Paige Musto, Communications, San Mateo, California
I’m thankful for my big Irish family, and especially grateful that I still have my 86-year-old father to pal around with. I’m also happy to work for a company that provides such great value to its customers. —Judy Logan, Customer and Partner Marketing, San Mateo
Thanksgiving 2014. Thankful may not be strong enough of a word for my family and I this year, humbled would be a better description. For Jeny, Cayman and I, this has been a year of growth (both in our work and personal lives), a year of stability, and a year of joy. My wife and I have both had the privilege of stable employment with incredible companies committed to our professional growth. I do not know what I have brought to the table that would necessitate Act-On’s commitment to me personally, but to say I am simply ‘thankful’ would not be near enough. Many, many people have gone out of their way for me this year; for this I am thankful, humbled and beholden.
We have watched our precious little miracle grow into the first stages of toddler-hood (OK, maybe this part has been a bit bittersweet). My wife and I have seen the first parts of our little boy’s personality bloom, and simply the thought of this brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. Jeny and I have been allowed the means to help others this year, and this privilege alone makes me realize just how lucky we are to enjoy the life and freedoms we have been given, and how delicate these freedoms and privileges truly are. Love, Peace and Blessings —Ralph (Product Specialist, Scottsdale), Jeny and Cayman Chandos
I am thankful for so many things in my life! My kind and incredibly patient fiancé who in lieu of a few “quirks” loves me, my adorable dog-child who welcomes me home each day with celebrity like excitement and enthusiasm, my family and friends who always love and support me unconditionally, my Act-On colleagues and customers who make coming to work each day fun, and last but not least, I am ecstatically thankful for my home team winning yet another World Series! GO GIANTS! —Ally Cannata, Sales, Roseville
People willing to teach!! Whether it’s my grand mom teaching me to knit or my plumber showing me how to prevent future problems, I am thankful that people around me are willing to use their time & talents to teach me something new! —Sandeep Sharma, Customer Success, Bangalore
I’m thankful for my wonderful family and friends and the New England Patriots. —Jon Rawson, Sales, Burlington, Massachusetts
I am thankful for being part of a winning team, with a fearless leader and some of the best team Actonians. Go team GroPro$ —Paresh Patel, Sales, Roseville
As for me? I’m thankful that words still matter. And here are a choice few from Carl Sandburg:
Since gray winds blew gray patterns of sleet on Plymouth Rock,
Since the iron-jawed men sang “Thanks, O God,”
You and I, O Child of the West,
Remember more than ever
November and the hunter’s moon,
November and the yellow-spotted hills.
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