BC: The End
FC: SnagAJob.com Our 2009 Snagger Family
1: Martha Samper - A year in the life of Snagger #16 | Unfortunately, for multiple reasons, that is not me as a baby on the cover. First and foremost, that baby is a boy. Secondly, it would be virtually impossible to find a picture of me as a child in a SnagAJob.com onesie circa 1978. So who is it? Drew Bennett. The very first Snaglet of 2009 of Snagger #2, Jessica Bennett. Now that we have that covered, let me take you on a walk through 2009 in my shoes. Get your sneakers on – it was an action packed year!!
2: january | We won the HYPE award (What! What!) from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce for being the top place for young professionals to work in Richmond. Let’s be honest...I was pretty confident in that win. But it’s nice to have it be official. | Greg (grandpa in the corner), I’m not sure you qualify as a “young professional." Oh yea, and that’s me in the yellow.
4: Oh, and Marketing went bowling for their team building event. (Every department does outings once a quarter) I love to bowl, but was not invited. Apparently, you have to be a part of the Marketing Team to attend their team building events... | Valentine’s Day. That’s right. Everyone and their mother got flowers in the office except for me. But, I’m not bitter or anything. | february
7: Beep. Beep. Beep. Ugh, is it 7am already? Time to go set up water cups and stir up the PowerAde for the Monument 10K. But not before a Starbucks run! The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K is Richmond’s biggest race, drawing more than 25,000 runners. For the last 2 years I’ve been team captain for the water stop that SnagAJob.com sponsored, and this year we had 25 volunteers. I loved motivating the runners as they made it to Mile 5 and took a drink! The Monument Avenue 10K is one of my favorite events – and this year it was even better, because we helped sponsor a team of 125 students from Caroline County schools.
8: 10k SnagAJob.com Water Stop
10: Oh let’s not forget the St. Patty’s Day happy hour in the office and the Wearin’ o’ the Green contest. Green margaritas - check! Jessica Clay as the contest winner - check, check! Nicely done, JClay. Way to sport the heritage.
12: a p r i l | In April we needed a boost, needed to stir things up. So, the Culture Squad decided to organize a week-long Office Olympics that would unite everyone at the company. | Ireland
13: Jamaica | Italy | Vatican City | Ireland
14: Kevin and I were named the MCs, and we spent weeks figuring out the logistics, selecting the judges, and assigning Snagger teams that mixed every department. Friday, April 17, we held Opening Ceremonies, and they were hilarious! Team Germany wore David Hasselhoff T-shirts and broke through a cardboard Berlin Wall. Team Vatican City had the Pope dressed in full garb tossing holy water from a sponge with a dozen nuns in tow. But Team Mexico blew them all away. I mean, anytime you hand out beer, you’re probably an automatic winner. Not to mention they had their own parade with Mr. & Mrs. Mexico in a convertible.
15: Germany | Mexico
16: The following week, the teams competed in office chair soccer, a relay race, synchronized chair dances and more. What?! Mexico, did you seriously hold an organized siesta on the floor? Did Italy really threaten the judges with tiny horse heads in envelopes? Man, we were worried at first that a lot of people wouldn’t participate, but every single Snagger did. The final winners: Italy took gold, Mexico took silver and Jamaica, bronze.
18: Shawn gave us all official SnagAJob.com jerseys with our names on them! The number represents the order in which we were hired. Now we are officially a team!
20: Happy Snaggerversary SnagAJob.com! The 9th anniversary of SnagAJob.com was celebrated with a company picnic at Bogey’s Sports Park. Burgers and foot-long hot dogs: I’ll take both, please! Oh wait, can I take them in the Moon Bounce? Don't judge, it was really hot! | may
22: We also were lucky enough to win a few more awards in May, the RHRMA Employer of Choice Award and the RHRMA Community Support Award in our local community. Again, I already knew how cool we were, but I never get tired of other people telling us! Or get tired of this guy (Eric, one of our copywriters.)
25: A little for us. A little for them. We had a group of teenagers come to SnagAJob.com one day in May! These young individuals participate in Church Hill Activities & Tutoring, a local group that prepares at-risk teens to succeed in school and life. We paired up CHAT kids with Snaggers, ate pizza and practiced mock job interviews. A ton of fun!
26: SnagAJob.com sponsors an awesome summer concert series at the nearby SnagAJob.com Pavilion, and this year everyone in the company gathered for a tailgate party in the parking lot before going to see Blues Traveler. The Leadership Team got behind the grill for our first June cookout, wearing special aprons we made for them. Oh hello, Hot Buns Bosher (our CFO) and Chef Boyerdee (our CEO). We heard the first – and probably the last – performance by the Greg Moyer Experience band, comprising several talented Snaggers. We played cornhole and beer pong and then walked over to the show! | june
28: We also were named the 3rd Best Small Company to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute and SHRM! But you probably already know that, don’t you? We couldn’t be prouder! And as a special gift, UX Director Chip Trout made these cool posters for everyone.
30: j | This place looks awesome. Heather Moose in Marketing decided our office needed a face lift. So she worked with Rick Duncan (our resident photographer) and Chip Trout to create our Snagger wall made up of unique photos of every Snagger and huge photos of job seekers in the lobby. There isn’t a blank wall in this place. We have photos of Snaggers “Cutting Loose," “Playing Hard," and “Giving Back;" plus new quotes and new conference room names, like Banana Rooma and the Boiler Room. | july
34: A bunch of Snaggers participated in the local YMCA’s Bright Beginnings program by going shopping with schoolchildren and buying them clothes, shoes and school supplies. Too cute! | august
35: And bye-bye, Summer Concert Series. The SnagAJob.com Pavilion hosted its final show of the year. No worries. I took full advantage of the pavilion. I’ve seen Yes, Asia, Moe., The Doobie Brothers, and Kenny Loggins. I also volunteered a couple of nights with fellow Snaggers to raise donations for the American Heart Association at the SnagAJob.com tent.
36: september | Each year a team of SnagAJob.com athletes participates in the Richmond Corporate Games, basically a field day for adults. You should have seen us try summer skiing! Last year we took first place in the “B” division, and this was our first year competing in the “A” division.
39: We won second place – but were presented with the Sportsmanship Award for the second year of the three that we have participated. Pretty sure Shawn was happier with that trophy than if we had actually won first place. Which we will absolutely shoot for next year. I was team captain, and we also sponsored the Special Olympics halftime show. Talk about emotional. Especially when Kevin Mullaney helped the Special Olympian light the torch.
40: Throughout the year we’ve been raising money for the American Heart Association with fundraisers, like jewelry sales and a breakfast cart. But the big event was SnagADate, a date night auction organized by Heather Harsh. Heather worked tirelessly to get local companies to donate gift certificates and packages. The success of the auction shocked us all. We were expecting to raise a few grand – but we made $7,000 for the AHA. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
42: We had our first outing - to a winery - as an entire Client Services team. For years, we were afraid that if we all did something together, there wouldn’t be anyone to take care of emergencies that might happen at the office. But we finally pulled the trigger and decided we would all go wine tasting together. With multiple functions on the Client Services team, it was a great way to unite the entire team. Boy, the Product Team really knows how to get their frustrations out! They also went on their quarterly team outing - they all went to the firing range. Bull's -Eye, Chris Brown! Looks like you closed the day as the best shot.
45: As always, Snaggers set the bar pretty high for the Halloween contest this year. We had Waldo, the Cookie Monster, Sookie Stackhouse, the Dukes of Hazzard, Hannah Montana, Dolly Parton, Inspector Gadget, Prince, the Village People and a giant green robot. Me, I was Alex from Flashdance. We added a few awards to our wall of fame too – we were named a Fit Friendly company by the AHA and one of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500.
48: november | Who needs turkey? We had our annual SnagAJob.com Chili Cook-off! John Voigt won – for the third year in a row! Someone. Please. Do some research. Take the throne. This has got to end! No one is prouder of us Snaggers than Shawn, but when Shawn was named 2009 Virginia Business Person of the Year we were so proud of him – even if in the illustration on the cover of Virginia Business Magazine, he looks just a little like Alfred E. Neuman from MAD Magazine....
50: This year I volunteered with Project Homeless Connect, a massive, one-day effort to provide services to all of Richmond’s homeless, which we have done as a company for 2 years. My buddy was Stanley King. He was 59 and had been homeless for three years. The experience was emotionally draining but incredibly fulfilling, and I couldn’t stop thinking about how I was going home at the end of the day while Stanley was not. At the end of the event, when they asked him, “What was the best part of the day?” he said, “Her.” And he pointed at me. I'll never forget that.
52: Project Homeless Connect 2009
54: This was the month that we took a look back and celebrated the year. Shawn gave each of us a goals notebook and "5," an inspirational book about what you can accomplish in just five years. His passion and attitude keep us all going all year round. Several Snaggers volunteered at the Salvation Army kettle ringing and bought gifts for kids through the Angel Tree Program. Oh yeah....we can't leave out our office Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest. Although as you can see, it goes quite a bit beyond just sweaters! | december
57: Our holiday party at the Dominion Club was tons of fun, thanks to Betsy Kersey. I also organized the voting for the annual Snaggy Awards (and made 20 trophies out of plastic figurines, pineapple cans and gold paint). This year I won one, too: the “Elmer’s Glue” Snaggy, for “Snagger most likely to make people stick together.” It’s about time! HERE'S TO 2010!!!