There’s a lot to love about being headquartered in Portland, Maine – fresh seafood, gorgeous summers, beautiful views, an amazing food scene (…we won’t discuss the winters). But being an international business located in our small city does have a downside: we rarely get customers dropping in to visit.
That’s an especially painful downside here at MRG, where many of our customers are more like family. Some have been working with us for 20, even 30+ years. But they do that work all over the world, so while we enjoy getting to visit, we wish we could all gather together a lot more often.
This is why it was such a joy to host last year’s MRG Summit right in Portland, and to have partners from around the world all gather in the same room for a few days.
During that time, I had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our longtime partners to chat about how they’re using MRG’s tools in their work, and what makes the MRG relationship meaningful for them.
As someone who’s only been with MRG for three years, these were illuminating conversations, and I look forward to many, many more.
Here’s an excerpt from my conversation with Alison Cowan, Director of Global Learning and Talent Management for the Brunswick Corporation:
Our next face-to-face gathering won’t be in Portland – in fact, we’ll be about as far from Portland as you can get, in Sydney, Australia on the 25th of March.
But given the strength of our Australian MRG community, and the energy of Tricia Naddaff, Staci Nisbett, and Andrew Rand, who will be hosting the event – it’s sure to feel a lot like a homecoming.