2013 News

Nov

Fall 2013

New Hires:

Our hiring frenzy continues with the addition of our new accounting team member, Dana Hixenbaugh. She is our new staff accountant and will be assisting our amazing accounting team with various projects. Her prior work experience includes the county of Marin and the Pasha Group. She is an experienced accountant who will greatly attribute to the effectiveness of our unstoppable accounting team!

Birthdays:

Summer and early Fall bring in quite the number of Birthdays. We celebrated TJ and Ashley Birthdays in August, and are looking forward to celebrating Kathleen and Gail’s Birthdays in September.

Consultant:

We would like to welcome Dave Aguero as our new CFO consultant. He has joined the PCG team to help clients with projects as an Interim CFO. Over the last seven years, Dave has served as a CFO for privately-held companies either in a permanent or an interim role. His technical skills, combined with his business development experience, provide a unique blend that allows him to dig deeper into business problems and construct profitable solutions.

MBF:

Featured speakers Coreen Cordova and Laurie O’Hara lectured on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and how to raise capital for company growth. And it was another great success!

Our Website is getting a facelift!

Our Hiring page has just been updated! Not only do we have our internal PCG job openings, but also for our clients. Our home page will be getting a new look, so come visit us soon!

EO Alchemy

TJ and Franka spent 3 days at Entrepreneur Organization Alchemy Conference in SF learning from the most amazing local business professionals and Entrepreneurs. Some of the fun activities included the Beach Blanket Babylon and a boat cruise with the Sea Scouts.

PCG Halloween Lunch Party!

What a great, fun-filled Halloween lunch party. This year we had a whole array of characters show up. From kitty-cat Madonna, Mrs. Potato Head, a Witch, a Doctor, and a whole bunch of bakers, who came armed with delicious creations ready to rock the dessert contest. We started with a friendly competition, the Mummy wrap, to work up an appetite. It was a great hit. Who knew how quickly one can be wrapped with toilet paper! Another success came from guessing the number of candies in a massive glass jar. Sarah Cahill will never need to buy tootsie rolls again as she came away the winner, much to the chagrin of many employees. And last but not least, there was quite the turn-out for beautifully decorated and delicious desserts. There are several high quality bakers at PCG, and they never cease to amaze us with their skill. Though it was difficult to judge, Carolyn Pettit won our best dessert contest. Her whimsical graveyard brownies complete with a beautifully decorated headstone, green grass and a pumpkin completely astounded our office.

Jun

Summer 2013

Birthdays

Late spring and early summer have been filled with birthdays this year. Mohammad and Cliff celebrated their Birthday’s in June, while Ike just celebrated his Birthday in July. Our office is a huge fan of cupcakes, so we are awfully excited to celebrate all of these Birthdays!

 

New Hires

We have a few new faces can be seen around PCG’s office too! We would like to welcome Veronica, Paula and Kim. Veronica is our new Advanced Accountant. Paula came to us from Crimson Consulting and is our Staffing Manager. And Kim is here as an HR Associate, taking on a multitude of tasks from the HR Department.

 

Employee of the month (May) – Gail

In May, we selected another employee of the month. Our amazing Gail received the honorary employee of the month award for her calm & helpful nature, and one outstanding work ethic.

 

Marin Business Forum – June 2013

Our last MBF was another huge success. We had Karen Clark as our expert speaker on social media; it was interactive, fun and eye-opening to many of us. We learned how to maintain a professional and authentic online presence and how to best use various social media sites. The evening ended with a lovely time on our deck, overlooking the bay while enjoying delicious food and Pinot Noir from Hale Mary.

 

PCG’s 10th Year Anniversary!

We had great weather, entertainment and yummy food to be had on Stinson Beach for PCG’s 10-year anniversary celebration. Warm sand between our toes, kites soaring in the air and the amazing smell of barbecue wafting all around us make for a joyful time for everyone!

Mar

Spring 2013

We are deep into Spring and there has been a lot of interesting, fun and productive activity happening around PCG.

Marin Business Forum

Mark your calendar for June 13th at 5 pm for our next Marin Business Forum event. We are excited to have Karen Clark from My Business Presence speak about the hot topic of social media in the world of business and marketing. You will get her expert insight on what to do and not, what platforms work best, and how to establish an online presence, while remaining true to your business and personal principles. Please visitwww.marinbusinessforum.comfor more info and RSVP.

April Employee Of The Month

We have a lot to be grateful for and celebrate this spring. First, we would like to congratulate Ike Nam. He is our new PCG’s April 2013 employee of the month winner. Ike has been an huge support to PCG staff helping out in all the possible ways making sure our technology is working for us. In addition to his outstanding work on internal PCG IT projects and tasks, our clients rave about his excellent work and all amazing ways he supports them especially with critical and unexpected IT issues.

April And May Birthdays

We’ve celebrated a few birthdays in April and May with some yummy cupcakes: Jamie, David, Carolyn, Franka and Sarah have all turned a year older and wiser!

Anniversaries – PCG Is Turning 10!!!

Two of our employees, Ashley Brunner and Jamie Dumont, have just celebrated their two-year anniversaries with PCG. We all truly enjoy working with them and appreciate all extraordinary work they do for PCG and our clients. And even BIGGER NEWS: PCG has turned 10 on Cinco de Mayo!!! We will be celebrating this important milestone with all our friends and families with a big beach party and BBQ in June. Pictures to follow!

Doug Crawford Joining PCG

Doug Crawford, COO of Crimson Consulting and Marketing Group has joined PCG team as a Senior Advisor. He brings with him expertise in strategic and operational planning, and years of experience in organizational development and alignment to our team. More about his background can be viewed at www.pcg-services.com/about/ Since our last news report, we enjoyed our Holiday Party in December when we all cruised holiday partyalong the bay while enjoying the merriment and festivities surrounding the annual Light Yacht Parade in Oakland. It was quite a scene observing the decorations on those fancy boats! Another holiday highlight (and a big hit!) was our White Elephant gift exchange. In this humorous, tongue-in-cheek event, we discovered that a few select items are so popular that they are re-gifted every year, year after year. This year’s popular items included a dancing Santa Claus in a bathtub (with new batteries, of course!), and an even further aged box of wine, which now begs the question: “What type of cheese would go well with that one?”

Annual PCG Community Outreach and Donation:

PCG is participating in the Marin County Human Race this year on May 11. The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is one of the largest collaborative fundraising events in Marin! Over the past 31 years, it has grown into one of the most successful fundraisers for local nonprofits, raising nearly $6 million for local charities since it started. All donations are tax deductible. We ask you to please contribute whatever you can to this incredibly important cause. We really appreciate your support, whether it is financially or in spirit! Thank you! If you would like to donate to this amazing cause please click the green “Donate Now” button on the right on this webpage: http://www.marinhumanrace.org/goto/CenterforDomesticPeace

marin business forumMarin Business Forum

In January and March, we proudly sponsored another two successful Marin Business Forum events, both of which were sold out with over 90 attendees. Our January guest speaker was Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis and the Executive MBA program at Sonoma State University Robert spoke offered his perspective on the economic forces shaping the future of Marin County. Our March guest speakers Chuck Greene, Executive Director of the Cedars of Marin and Joan Capurro, Senior Vice President and Director of Community Relations for the Bank of Marin, discussed the hidden challenges facing non-profits and how for-profit and non-profit can collaborate to help on another. Our next Marin Business Forum meeting is on June 13thand will feature Karen Clark providing training on Ethical Social Media for Entrepreneurs.

Beer Tasting (Did you think we’re all about Financial Services and HR?)

Not every office can boast that they have three incredible craftsmen in the art of brewing beer! PCG Team members David, Erik and Ike became the leaders of our first beer tasting competition, with beers ranging from sweet and light to a hearty dark brew.

Pizza Lunch w/ Employee of the Monthpizza lunch

With the glorious weather of spring finally upon us, we recently hosted a delicious outdoor lunch on our patio. As the weather warms up, we hope to do this more often!
The start of the new season also kicked off by announcing the first Employee of the Month and holding an award ceremony to honor the first recipient! It’s always great to receive recognition for any task, big or small. This month’s well-deserved award goes to Sarah Cahill! Why did we select Sarah? There were many reasons, including that she is a patient and willing helper who readily steps up to help in any project.

Mohammad Malik Joins the PCG Team

In January, we were very pleased to welcome Mohammad Malik to our team! Malik graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting from Cal State East Bay and is experienced in accounting, auditing and taxes in the Governmental, Non-Profit, Public, and Private Sectors. He is also a big basketball and football fan!

Team Birthdays

We recently celebrated the Birthday’s of a few great employees. In January, Eric and Larry were the birthday boys, followed by Dory in February.

Dory’s Engagement

And speaking of Dory…not only did we celebrate her birthday, but are also happy to announce that she is now engaged! Dory Weston is one of our Advanced Accountants. Congrats to her and her fiancé!