Lee Odden

TopRank Holiday Party

Sue, Chris and Karen looking mah-velous!

With our move into the new office on Lake Minnetonka, we decided to do something different this year for our company holiday party. Instead of dinner at a swank and stylish restaurant downtown Minneapolis, we decided to have the party catered to our office via D’amico.

The crazy part of all this is that we’re still working on the “furnishing” of the office which worked to our advantage for the party. The other interesting consideration was that last year there were 12 people and this year we had 22!

I really wish I had taken more photos, but the food, conversation and Sue’s “team appreciation” presentation ala Powerpoint no less, were enough to distract me from my usual candid taking duties at social events.

Jolina Pettice, who has been contributing to this blog as of late, did an absolutely fantastic job of coordinating the whole thing and Melinda Cayetano did her best at keeping the gifts a secret as well as presenting in a most stylish way. Many others on the team helped (Amie Krone) as well and the dinner provided an opportunity to express our appreciation (Sue, Julie and myself) of all the hard work our long term team members have put in, like Karen Sams (stupendous account manager) and Thomas McMahon (uber multi-tasking web dev, SEO and blog marketing maven).


It was good fun and a great way to recognize (in a small way) accomplishments in 2006 as well as a vision for our growth in 2007. One thing has never changed though, and that is our “mantra” of: client > company > self that Sue does such a great job of communicating as part of our company vision and as part of the specific job responsibilities of our team members.

We are very fortunate to have such a great group of smart, ambitious and social people on our team!

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Avatar Aaron Pratt says

    Excellent dude, now let us take a look @ your 2006 earnings report! ;o)

    I find this type of stuff more facinating than the educational post thing.

  2. That’s awesome, Lee. 12 to 22 employees in one year…congrats!

    I’m hiring this year too. Will be interesting to see how many I have for our holiday party in 2007!

  3. Hey Jill, it was 12 to 22 people at the party, not employees. 🙂

    However, our staff has more than doubled since last year from 6 to 13 and we’re still hiring for a full time SEO, web analytics specialist and a few part time positions.

  4. ahh…gotcha!

    We’ll have to talk about hiring strategies one day. I’m sure I could use some tips!

  5. Congrats on the success. It’s good to hear.

  6. Actually heartwarming to get to peek in on an American business celebrating success. Looks like a very happy crowd.

  7. Very cool Lee, its good to see that you take care of your team members. They are the most valuable asset your company has.

    Much success in the future.