Today’s guest blog is by Julie Reece, Z Corp’s Director of Marketing Communications.
I generally prefer to purchase products from companies whose employees really, I mean REALLY, love what they do. They’re passionate about their products and actually use them. The lines between their work day and home livese are blurred because what they do for work is also their hobby. They’re fun, creative and brilliant. Sometimes they wear shorts, Hawaiian shirts and flip flops to work. They brainstorm during a game of ping pong and shoot off rockets they designed and created in a park after work in their own informal, internal design competition. They mountain bike together at lunch. Because of these attributes, they produce better products. You know the types of companies I’m talking about…Google, Apple, Converse, Timberland, Cisco, and yes, Z Corporation.
This summer, each Z Corp department is taking turns hosting a themed lunch of their own choosing for the rest of the company. Recdently it was our executive team’s turn. They hosted a Casino event in our first floor café and outside on our lawn under the watchful eye of our company mascot, a pink flamingo named Zeke.
Maybe it was partly because our home team heroes, the Boston Bruins ice hockey team, had just won the coveted Stanley Cup the night before, or maybe it was because it was a gorgeous summer day, or perhaps it was the offer of great prizes from several of our customers that the air was electric. My colleagues yelled with glee as their buckets of fake money filled.
I was the designated photographer for the event, and was able to step back and get a different perspective than my colleagues. Through my lens, I saw a Z Corp vice president in a tuxedo jacket, Bermuda shorts and flip flops.
I saw our CEO, John Kawola, manning the roulette table and good naturedly chiding players for taking too long to place their bets.
I saw employees from all departments and all levels playing together, talking, laughing and building team and company spirit.
But, I think the thing that struck me most was when I finally noticed that the poker chips we were using were actually 3D printed in-house at Z Corp on a ZPrinter. Take a look at the photos below. How cool is that?! There were hundreds of them being thrown in buckets and on tables.
Oh, and the Bruins? Well, we didn’t forget about them either. One of our application engineers who lives, eats, and breathes the Boston Bruins quickly created this 3D print that morning, in time to display it during our Casino celebration.
This is the type of creative, passionate, innovative company I like to do business with, and I’m happy to say, lucky enough to work for.
I am responsible for leading 3D Systems content creation and capture activities and, in partnership with business and functional leaders, developing new opportunities for the company. I have held a variety of leadership positions in marketing and business development and most recently ran a $150MM division of Church & Dwight, a leading consumer goods company. Prior to receiving my M.B.A from Harvard Business School, I was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal company commander for the U.S. Army. I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
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