S: Lannie's Going to the Beach!
BC: Happy Retirement Lannie! Love, All Your Friends at Ernst & Young
FC: A Tribute to Lannie Wendorf: An Ernst & Young Legend
1: Dear Lannie, I don't think any of us thought this day would come but here we are- you are actually retiring and going to the beach! Good for you! After thousands of miles in the air, hundreds of cities seen and too many room nights to count, you are finally able to stay put and enjoy your home. Your guidance, friendship, humor, knowledge, support and patience has meant so much to us and the following pages are just a small representation of how grateful we are to have known you and worked with you.
2: The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off ~Abe Lemons Retired is being twice tired, I've thought First tired of working, Then tired of not. ~Richard Armour Retirement: World's longest coffee break. ~Author Unknown Life begins at retirement. ~Author Unknown Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it. ~Gene Perret I'm not just retiring from the company, I'm also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron. ~Hartman Jule Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you. ~Gene Perret
3: The money's no better in retirement but the hours are! ~Anonymous There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne Retire from work, but not from life. ~M.K. Soni I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. ~Gene Perret Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money. ~Jonathan Clements Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say, "Hi, Honey, I'm home - forever." ~Gene Perret
4: I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and work with Lannie the last couple of years. She is clearly a thought leader in the Meeting and Event Services group and with major internal clients. Less experienced staff and managers continuously seek her guidance and value her expertise and skills in the meetings arena. Internal clients are glowing in their feedback about how she models the firm's values daily and uses her experience and numerous contacts to provide them with the best meeting support possible. Someone recently told me that for the new manager, senior manager, and Director meetings held during the same week, Lannie is the "glue" that holds these meetings together, who assures "consistent and seamless support" during the week. I wish Lannie the best in her retirement. Her shoes will be extremely hard to fill. Regards, Rick Webb
5: Lannie, Thank you for all of the guidance and support you have provided to all of us over the years. I want to thank you for all you have done for me over the past couple of years. You will be greatly missed by all of us. I wish you much peace and happiness in all of your future endeavors! Enjoy your retirement!!!!! Best Wishes, Stephanie
6: It took some digging but we found these old pictures of you- working hard as ever!
7: Another Global Partner Meeting- those 3 years went quickly! Daily walks on the beach Insurance Issues- call Mark Altberg Orlando- Lannie's home away from home So Long Lannie, you will be missed! Last Milestone Meeting- 2010 Audio Visual- national contracts with Swank & PSAV Newest AARP member and newest Ernst pension collector! Not another Global Partner Meeting – those three years went fast! Invoice Reconciliation Form Experient Contracts and Contacts Will Mr. Mooney enjoy his new home? E.T.U Not another Global Partner Meeting – those three years went fast! Do we really need to use these addendums? Old age oddities:what Lannie hopes to acquire, practice, & perfect! Rusty – spending quality time with Lannie Finally time to do what YOU want to do! Best wishes for a long and healthy retirement to you and Rusty. Thanks for all you’ve done for me. Love, Denise Novak
8: In my first year with the firm I was in Orlando conducting an extensive site visit of the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin. At the conclusion of my site, the hotel's General Manager came to meet with me. His very first question to me was "How's Lannie?!" He proceeded to share with me his first memory of Lannie. He said that many (I won't say how many) years ago he was working as a Houseman at a hotel where Lannie was running an EY meeting. He said she came into a room that had been set wrong and firmly asked all those in the room to fix the problem. He then laughed and said that he's always remembered her and that he was still scared of making a mistake on one of her meetings! I knew then that although she was always so funny and kind with me, that Lannie could be tough cookie when needed but still be well respected! Good Luck Lannie! Shannon Wayt
9: Lannie, Good-bye tension, hello pension! Someone once said the best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does. Clearly, you did just that! I am still in denial, but could not be happier for you. I am so appreciative of the guidance & friendship you've showed me since coming to EY. I wish you the best of luck & will miss you terribly. This is not good-bye, but until we meet again! ~Lauren Sabo Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain
10: The M&ES Cooking Team Building January 2006 | The team back then- luckily, a lot of the faces are still the same!
11: Andrew looks so interested in what she is doing! | The McLean Girls | Having fun!
12: My first encounter with Lannie was meeting her on a shuttle bus in Chicago for a meeting. She was even more delightful once I met her in person. From travel to moving into M&ES, I have found her to be one of the my true mentors and truly respect her professionally and personally. I am blessed to call her a friend. We are going to really miss her! Love, Beckie | I joined the firm working in the travel department and my initial job responsibilities was to implement group and meeting travel procedures. One of the challenges was to work with Andrew and Lannie. I had heard so much about "them" having come from working on the American Express side and the challenge to manage "client expectations".
13: Lannie- Congratulations on your retirement! I wish you all the best with your new adventures, I hope you get to see the world without worrying if the coffee break is going to be on time! All that you have done for the M&ES team will not be forgotten and neither will you. Thank you for always being a phone call away! Can you believe that after all the asking and even putting it in my goals, I never had the chance to work with the legendary Lannie on-site, this is still my goal before you leave....maybe you should come to SGF this year... there is still time! Enjoy retirement and keep in touch! Bridget
14: Cooking Class with L&D Team January 22, 2008 | From what we hear, Lannie makes a mean mashed potato!
15: Dearest Lannie, It’s very sad for us that you’re leaving, but so very happy for you. It seems so odd to be losing both you and Cynthia these past couple of years. It’s really like the two of you were an institution to me at EY. I’ll always think of the pair of you as like aunts, two bickering sisters I always said. I met you both when I was in my 20s and I can still recall how intimidated I was : ) Just as you do today, you knew so much and had such great confidence. I always appreciated your tough side and enjoyed your ‘soft’ side. I’ve learned a lot from you and have always respected how you’ve always carried on as such a professional despite some of the tough situations you’ve faced in so many ways these past 36 years. You should be so proud of all you’ve accomplished and you leave a huge void behind that I know I will definitely feel. We’ve definitely had some interesting experiences over the years. Thanks for being such a great part of our team for the past 20+ years and I wish you a wonder next chapter of your life!! All the best, Darcy
16: What can someone say about Lannie? World of knowledge, reason and understanding. I first came into contact with Lannie in 1995 when the firm that I worked for merged with Ernst & Young. Although at the time, I had been responsible for coordinating meetings, the greatest challenge after the merger was learning and understanding the Ernst & Young processes and procedures. Hardly a day went by that I did not encounter a question or an issue, and the person that instantly came to mind for help was Lannie. She always steered me in the right direction and never made you feel as if you did not know what you were doing. Over the years, the challenges became greater and greater with contracts, insurance and independence becoming more complicated, and the list goes on and on, and Lannie was always available to offer her guidance and knowledge. Lannie, EY will not be the same without you. Although we are such a virtual team, and do not see each other often, your presence has always been very strong within our group, and we will miss you tremendously. I know you will love retirement and hope that you enjoy every minute of it. All my best, Michele Kirsch
17: What do you mean, you're retiring? Did Arthur or Alwin retire? No. But they did both fire their brothers. Perhaps that is why the merger worked. There are so many wonderful memories of our time together. I recall that, at one point, when I was managing partner in Reston or Cleveland or wherever it was the firm sent me, you had contracts with 55 different hotel and conference properties all over the country. Some were small and some, like the partner meetings, were large nay, they were Ginormous. We spilled more at partner meetings than we spent on some of those contracts. My time working with you was always challenging, every now and then stressful, but, once the crisis did die down, we could all laugh. We had audit seniors who liberated a six pack from the Seven Eleven next to the Sheraton and found themselves meeting our Fairfax County constabulary; chairs ended up in the hotel pool; our more athletic instructors were known to bowl with the hall light fixtures; our less athletic but more amorous instructors were more likely to offer personal tutoring; a partner went AWOL for an entire week until we found him shacked up in Maryland; one young staff kept Bob Dean up most of the night while he debated the pros and cons of living, and one senior manager preferred to sleep in the bushes outside the bar at Dodgertown. I remember these stories as they were the interludes and the color that gave a context to what we did together back then. They were wonderful days in so many ways. But, when I get more thoughtful about all of the things that all of us together accomplished, I am a bit awestruck at what a small team of dedicated folks could do to change their part of the world. No one who came through the Reston Office was not changed by his or her experience; and made greater, better and stronger than when they came. For each of us, you were the anchor who steadied us in the various seas of turmoil we experienced. You were always there and always steady; always supportive and always gracious. I recall when I left the firm so many years ago, some caring and sensitive partner came up to me and reminded me of the old line, "If you think you will be missed when you leave the firm, put your hand in a bucket of water and pull it out. See how long it takes to fill the hole." Of course, he was right. But he also missed the real point. When my hand was withdrawn, the level of the water fell and never returned. While I don't doubt that others will come along and take over your responsibilities, no one who knows you and has worked with you will expect the level of the water to achieve ever again the levels you gave us every day. Dave Wilson
18: Wow, Lannie....can you believe this day has come? I still remember the day that I interviewed with you....seems so long ago. I will never get tired of hearing your stories about what the Firm used to be like and the types of events you've done and the things you've seen. You left your indelible mark on all of us, we will miss your professional expertise (even though I suspect you will only be a ping away!) and your friendship. I wish you only success and happiness in your future endeavors - may they be all that you hoped for! Hope to see you in South Carolina! Love, Natasha
19: Kenny was so busy traveling from city to city and from meeting to meeting but a book for Lannie wouldn't be complete without him... | ....so we included his picture and I think that says it all!
20: I remember within the first 2 months I started with E&Y and I had to tell Lannie that I was pregnant. I was SO nervous that she would be so upset and treat me differently because I had just started. She was nothing as I expected - she was so happy for me and made me feel very comfortable. | When I started Lannie and Cynthia used to hide in their offices ALL day long and work, work, work. Coming from a completely different environment in my previous job where everyone was out in the open and actually having conversations, it was me that made them get out of their offices, take a break, and actually have lunch in our little café as we called it. | I know I can always go to Lannie if I have any questions on addendums, meeting packages or any other related E&Y question and she would stop what she was doing and assist me. | THANK YOU LANNIE for being such a great role model to many of us in Meeting & Event Services!! We will MISS you!!! ~Melissa Lusczek
21: Lannie Wendorf is the epitome of professionalism. Her strong, solid, calm demeanor always gets the job done and done well. She has been a role model to many, including myself, in her tenure at EY. She will be greatly missed but I know her legacy will live on. Lannie taught me the real meaning of "my pleasure". And the bigger the smile the stronger the meaning :). Our profession isn't always the easiest and our clients aren't always the nicest, but the comic relief Lannie could bring to a meeting was always appreciated. The perfect balance of hard work/strong ethics and fun/silly laughter is a huge part of what Lannie brought to M&ES. Her wealth of knowledge and true understanding, and ability to anticipate her clients needs is unparalleled. I will miss her greatly, as I know everyone she has touched will too. Lannie - good luck in the next chapter of your life! If it's anything like the last, I know it will be successful! xoxo Meredith Fried
22: We have had the great pleasure of working with Lannie on some exciting events over the past ten years. No request from her was ever too small and she pulled us into some really fun projects. In 2002, we were asked to develop an international party for a Partner meeting. We incorporated entertainment and décor to represent all of the regions of the World. Just prior to the start of the event, Lannie called on the radio with a “costuming issue” in one of the regions. We all rushed to the area and converged on Lannie with the performers. The performers had just come onto set and this was the first time everyone had seen the costumes. We had requested “Russian Kazaks”. Lannie had never seen costumes like that in Doctor Zhivago! Who knew there were female Kazaks! A quick brainstorming session was called and a solution developed – Reverse the long sleeve top on the girls! Problem solved! The event was a great success because of the wonderful partnership between TEK and E&Y! Lannie, enjoy your retirement and please do not hesitate to call upon us if you ever need anything!
23: Lannie, I met you over 5 years ago when I first came to the McLean office for an interview. I was so nervous about my first job outside of the hotel industry but you immediately put me at ease. Little did I know we’d grow so close. Over the years you’ve took me under your wing and taught me everything there is to know about meeting planning and Ernst & Young. From working onsite at the Partner Meeting, transitioning me onto the New Manager program, and working together on Leadership Forums, you’ve shown me what it means to be a professional. We’ve shared so many work memories but what I’ll miss the most is coming into your office and talking about nothing. From politics, illegal yard signs, TV shows, and our random NOVA connections, we’ve hit on every subject. At least we can still talk about that stuff when you’re relaxing in Myrtle Beach and I’m onsite in Orlando AGAIN! Lannie, you’re irreplaceable and I wish you all the best in retirement! Love - Rachel
24: Lannie, Where do I begin? I still remember the first time I "met" you. I was called into an interview with Andrew and you were on the phone conducting part of the interview. I knew right then and there how much the group must rely on and value you. Since then, I have had the pleasure of knowing you as a colleague, a mentor and best of all, a friend. You have taught me so much, supported me through life's changcs and made me laugh with your sense of humor. It's always fun working with you on a project because not only will I learn so much but I know that even though you work hard, you play harder. Regardless of whether you are trying to find more rooms for ETU from thin air, chauffeuring leadership around at Milestones, working on dinner seating for Retired Partners or buried in SMP RFPs, you ALWAYS make yourself available to our team. That is, hands down, my favorite quality about you- you are selfless. I also admire that you have such strong opinions and while you are open to others thoughts, you stand firm on what you believe.
25: I'm not sure if you understand how much you will be missed by everyone but most of all me. You have always been the one with all the answers and now what? Do I just make them up and hope they are right? Or can I keep you on speed dial and call you when I need you? How do you bottle years of experience and knowledge? I wish you the best in your retirement. I only hope that you get to enjoy your time as hard as you worked all these years. Enjoy your days of doing nothing- no conference calls while eating lunch, no Partner meetings on your birthday, no getting stuck in airports due to weather delays, no dealing with transportation for 1000 people, no worrying whether Shamu will snap and eat one of our partners, no more dry chicken for lunch or remember to order Kosher meals and best of all NO MORE ORLANDO! I thank you for all you have done for me and taught me over the years. I know this is not goodbye but you will be missed. XOXOX Jaime
26: Lannie, I have to say that I’m selfishly hoping that you’re going to extend your retirement (again) but this time for a few more years. I am definitely in denial. When our groups first came together (National Meeting Services and P&OD) in 1999, the group was only seven planners focusing on national meetings. Eleven years later the group is over 53 people with services in the sub-areas, national and now expanding our services globally. Without you, we could not have done this. Your guidance, leadership and perseverance were instrumental in helping us accomplish this. You’ve played many roles for me over the years including key advisor, mentor, and most importantly (my) conscience. You are the most hardworking, dedicated and passionate professional. Your judgment is second to none. I truly admire that about you. If you figure out a way you can put that in a bottle we could offer that with the chocolates at turn down service. I’d love to represent you on that product, and we could market it to Marriott Hotels. Who knows, maybe I can retire too?
27: Over the years there have been a lot of stories Battling the consultants of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young who tried to sell Dennis Purdum and EY upper management on building EY “the be all end all” meeting software that would think for the planners. It was a few million dollars in cost, but you, Rick Lanzarone and I wrote a business case and convinced management that we could fulfill this need for EY at a fraction of the cost. The Georgia World Congress Center, where we held one of our most memorable meetings...the 1999 Partners Meeting changed us both. As we waded through the mountains of BEOs, room block issues and logistical quagmire for days, you were my rock. Thank you Lannie – Thank you for all that you’ve done for me over the years and I wish you endless years of happiness, health and relaxation. I’ll miss you greatly! Fondly, Andrew