By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 20, 2011
The Grand Opening of Voices.com was a wonderful event that couldn't have gone much better than it did!
I wanted to share some of our photos and memories from the party along with our gratitude.
Take a look at some highlights and also hear more about what we're up to next in today's VOX Daily.
Friday was a busy busy day at Voices.com as well as lots of fun! Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. we hosted a party that drew in an eclectic assembly of guests including family, friends, local businesses, voice talent, clients who use Voices.com to hire talent, radio personalities, vendors, mentors, the media and local dignitaries.
Part of the festivities included a ribbon cutting ceremony emceed by Ashley Hall (pictured above) ushering in a new chapter of our business with an official welcome from Janette MacDonald of MainStreet London and a warm greeting and congratulations from City of London Councillor, Paul Hubert, celebrating our commitment to the City of London and employing a number of its residents.
David and I both spoke. At times there were few dry eyes in the room, particularly during the part where we thanked our families for everything they have done to support and encourage us over the years.
To conclude, a formal declaration was made of our intent to double the Voices.com staff over the next year to add approximately 20 more jobs in the London tech sector. Our entire team joined us during the ceremony, each person holding part of the red ribbon in their hands to commemorate this historic day in the life of our company.
Following the formal aspect of the event, there were a number of fun activities our guests could take part in including being a voice actor for a day (recording studio), learning about the behind the scenes of Voices.com, playing on one of two Foosball tables (thanks to rtraction for lending theirs!) and participating on-camera to share memories and Voices.com experiences.
The "be a voice actor for a day" area was by far the most exciting. Many people, at least 30 that is, wanted to try reading movie trailers and got to hear a playback of their voice. In addition to it being a neat activity to do, large crowds were also present during each recording session to take it all in.
One of the offices was converted into a temporary recording studio environment. Al Desrochers of SNAP London had a blast recording from one of the prepared scripts!
We had a couple screens displaying different presentations including one that profiled each member of the Voices.com staff sharing some interesting facts and a photo montage featuring memories from the earliest days of our company to the present.
Putting this presentation together was both fun and interesting!
The people who make up the team at Voices.com are as unique as they are talented, each bringing their own special gifts and skills to the table. Prior to the festivities, David and I were asked to join our team in the area where we do the Voices.com Huddle and were presented with an amazing painting depicting Voice Guy and Voice Girl painted by Voices.com Account Executive Jennifer Smith.
Isn't this cool?
Thank you again to all those who came and sent their best!
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