What a Difference a Year Makes

by Alyssa Stahr

18 October, 2013

Alyssa Stahr

In a few short weeks I will celebrate my one year anniversary with The Arland Group. In some ways I can’t believe it’s been a year, and in others, I feel like I’ve known the people that make up this company for my entire life.

A year ago I was going through the interviewing process, learning about what my role would be as content marketing manager and praying that I would be the lucky one to get the call. In fact, up until a couple of weeks ago I still had Keith’s voice mail telling me to call him back, that he had good news, saved in my phone as a reminder of the happiness that day brought. (Thanks ios 7 update for erasing all of my voice mails.)

During my short tenure we have moved into a much larger suite and watched as the new office space unfolded. Drywall went up, windows were built into walls and chalkboard paint has taken shape in our “content creation room.” By “our” I mean Emily Pirraglia, my content partner in crime, and me. Since my arrival she also has come on board, and there’s no one in this world I’d rather sit across from every day. She is just one of the many talented people I have collaborated with in my year here.

Keith asked us a couple of weeks ago what our defining moment in the year has been so far. It was really tough to choose among such a stellar list of exciting adventures. I have traveled across the country to assist in video production for the National Honey Board; I attended the Natural Products Expo West in March, meeting thousands of amazing entrepreneurs and one of my heroes, The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan; I’ve created a ton of content for clients, ranging from social media posts to newsletters to blogging; I’ve basked in the glory of long-term projects resulting in happy clients. However, I think my defining moment is being able to look back and know that I have finally found a place where I feel at home.

I feel extremely blessed to have been asked to come on board at The Arland Group. It’s been a wonderful year and I’m really excited to see what the future holds!