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March 1st, 2020
Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter
by Ken Abrahams
Thirty years is a long time to do anything. And it’s certainly a long time to work with somebody. Although we have a significant number of the FUN family that have been here for years; AC, Donna, Ron, Mark, Kim, Justin, Sean, Lexi, Meg, Anne, Nick, Sam, Harry and Charlie. Only three of us, Wayde, Jim V. and I, were here on Day 1, and we are still here today. Wayde and I are the only ones that are here day in and day out. Yes, at times, it seems like a marriage. It is, after all, a partnership which in many cases is just like a marriage. Like married couples, we have our differences of opinion and our ups and downs. This, however, is not about the trials and tribulations of owning and maintaining a business. No, it is about something else.
For many people, AC and I are the faces of the company. For others, it is our current or former program staff like Tiz, Tia, Justin, Sean or Stan. It is hard to argue with that since we are often the ones our clients connect with the most. Wayde works more in the background, although he does work some events, his main responsibility is dealing with the money. From Day 1 that has been, and continues to be, his area of expertise and he does it well. If you know Wayde, you may view him as a bit curmudgeonly and notoriously tight with a buck and you wouldn’t be wrong, but if you think that is the true measure of the man you would be sorely mistaken.
Few people in this world are as truly caring as Wayde. All you need to do is see him dressed in the red and white suit of a particularly jolly rotund holiday figure crawling on the floor with a bunch of kids at Christmas time. Or writing a check to a member of our staff to get them through a hard time. Over time, countless debts have been forgiven or payment terms changed to help someone out. True, there will be some grumbling but, in the end, he does the right thing. We even have several clients that request him for their events.
When he and I first started working together he frowned on people taking a lunch break. Lunch was nothing more than running to a local sandwich shop, grabbing something to go and sitting at your desk quickly eating it and then returning to the tasks at hand. As we have grown so has the lunch ritual. Come into our office most days around 12:30 or one o’clock and most of the staff is gathered in our lunch/conference room discussing the previous evenings TV line up, dissecting a current awards show or sharing movie reviews. Wayde is often in the middle of the discussion, more often listening than contributing, but present none the less.
There is no question in my mind that without Wayde at our financial helm, we would not have lasted 30 months let alone 30 years. In the beginning, we didn’t have a lot of financial resources and Wayde had a strict policy that we did not use credit or credit cards to purchase anything. If we couldn’t pay cash or write a check for something, we didn’t buy it. Although he has loosened the reigns a little bit, he still believes that cash is king.
It has not been said often enough, thank you Wayde Anders, for everything, and happy 30th anniversary.
29 Years of FUN
When I tell people about how I came to work at FUN it is like that commercial for “hair club for men”, I used to be a client of FUN'S and now I work there. It is true!
I was working in higher education in student activities and worked with Ken and Wayde. Back then, they each owned separate companies. Ken owned Creative Program Design and Wayde Caricatures Unlimited. By the late 80’s, I was also planning employee and customer appreciation events for my father’s company. I always called Ken for creative ideas for those events. I still have the photos and caricatures from all those events. I look at them and smile. They bring back such great memories. I know I am not the only one. When I see people from all those years ago, they say I still have the caricature from your Dad’s holiday party.
So, I was a very happy client and truly saw the impact novelty programs had on my guests and students. When the chance to work for FUN Enterprises came along, I was intrigued. I was also encouraged by my good friend Ron who already worked there. It was an opportunity to take all my experience in designing and planning events and use it to develop the corporate market for FUN Enterprises, Inc.
Developing the corporate market for FUN was a major project and I accepted that challenge. The other challenge was our CFO who made me cry more than once. Ken had to calm me down, needless to say. The old adage you have to spend money to make money was not the CFO’s favorite saying. As we all know when breaking into new markets we had to join new associations/organizations, attend new trade shows all those things add up.
In the end our corporate market grew and I am proud to say it still grows. Of course, we all have up and down years, but all markets do. After a few years, I was not as scared of the CFO and we all know where that led, I married him.
So, my journey with FUN Enterprises started in 1991. That is a long time in numbers, but it really did go fast. When I tell people, I have been here for 29 years, they are amazed. Things have certainly changed with time, but a few things ever stay the same, and these are a few of the reason I am still here after 29 years;
- I feel appreciated by the company
- I feel my voice matters and I have been part of the shaping of our company
- I feel supported by the company
- I have been able to grow here
- I have been allowed to fail but encouraged to learn from that failure
- I am challenged to try new things
I know reports said the medium tenure for employees depends on the age of the workers so, without giving my age, the average year at one company for my bracket is 10 years. So, I am above average, because FUN is truly a great place to work. I want to say thank you to Ken and Wayde for making FUN Enterprises, Inc. my home for over 29 years. Happy 30th FUN!
Written by: AC Anders: past client, current employee and lifetime FAN of FUN!
by Michael Miller
Another packed presentation by Michael Miller.
He never disappoints!
What are people saying about Michael?
Michael Miller is energy and passion personified! Not only can he keep an audience engaged, his genuine care of students shows in everything he does! He is a must-have speaker for an event.
Coordinator, Student Life and Leadership: St. Petersburg College
“Michael Miller is the “WOW” speaker everyone should be looking to bring to campus”
Associate Dean of Students: Augustana College
“He has the ability to make people walk out feeling like they know him and looking at things with a whole new perspective”
Parent of an incoming student
"He is a tremendously talented educator with the ability to energize new students to become engaged leaders and challenge current student leaders to excel”
Associate Director: Eastern Connecticut State University
Book Michael Today!
To book Michael for your upcoming event, call Bonnie Fox at 253-229-4390
or email [email protected]
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Refer a friend for any of our Event Staff or Artists positions, and get a $25 gift card when your referral comes in for an interview, whether they are hired or not!
We need Artists and Event Staff - Pass the word!
We are looking for full and part time Artists and Event staff. Candidates should be personable, enthusiastic individuals with a strong work ethic and a commitment to customer service. Training provided.
- High School Diploma or GED Certificate is preferred.
- Must be personable, hardworking and able to work independently.
- Strong customer service orientation.
- Strong attention to detail and follow through.
- Proven proficiency in the use of computer equipment/applications.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal formats.
- Punctual for all jobs and assignments.
- Be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand up for prolonged periods of time.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a clean driving record.
Please send referrals/inquiries to: [email protected]
Have you booked yet?
Call us at 781-436-3187 today!
- 8 International Women's Day
- 8 Daylight Savings Begins at 2:00 a.m.
- 10 Purim begins at sundown
- 13 Friday the 13th
- 15 Ides of March
- 17 St. Patrick's Day
- 20 International Earth Day - also called Sun-Earth Day
- 20 Spring (Vernal) Equinox
- 25 Feast of the Annunciation
- Daily March holidays and special days
- 1 April Fool's Day
- 1 International Tatting Day
- 3 National Walk to Work Day 1st Friday
- 5 Palm Sunday
- 8 Passover begins at sundown, lasts 8 days.
- 10 Good Friday
- 12 Easter Sunday
- 15 Income taxes due (most years it is due on the 15th)
- 20 Patriot's Day Third Monday - Boston Marathon
- 20 Ramadan begins
- 22 Earth Day (U.S.)
- 22 Administrative Professionals Day formerly "Secretaries Day" - date varies
- 23 Take Your Daughter to Work Day 4th Thursday
- 24 Arbor Day always the last Friday in April
- Daily April holidays and special days
Throwing it back!
Richard Simmons and the FUN Gang!
Click the links below for some great ideas, recipes and FUN!
Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland - March 2020