Over the past several years, our North American Sales and Customer Experience Management team has grown at a tremendous rate. We have team members in New York, Illinois, California, Minnesota, Texas and Florida, but the majority of our team is based in the greater-Cincinnati area. To that end, It has become increasingly important for us to have a central location to meet and work together.
In October of 2012, we announced that Liferay has chosen to open its North American Sales Office in Hamilton, Ohio. Liferay makes a point to heavily invest in the areas and communities in which we do business, and as time goes on, I will write a series of posts which will serve to introduce you to the many good things happening in Hamilton along with the different ways Liferay will be partnering with the community.
That's not what this post is about, though. This post is to answer the "How's the office coming?" question I keep getting from the community, Liferay team, partners and customers.
It's going well! The office is under construction, and we will be located on the second floor of the Robinson-Schwenn Building in the heart of downtown. The Robinson-Schwenn Building was built in 1866 and has been everything from an opera house to a department store and now hosts an expansion of Miami University, a coffee shop, and a law library. Be sure to visit Buildings of Note for some beautiful photos of the building.
(Photo from http://buildingsofnote.blogspot.com)
Opening an office is no small endeavor, and we have been blessed to work with Cindy and Michael Dingeldein from the Community Design Alliance. They have created the architectural and design components of our project and have helped ensure that our new space will be nothing less than beautiful and functional (much more on that in a future post).
So, how is the construction coming? Quite well, and we expect to be moving in by the last week of May.
Our first Sales bootcamp in January.
Dinner with Hamilton City Leaders, Brandon Saurber and Jody Gunderson, at Ryan's Tavern -- an Irish pub conveniently located in the next building...
Liferay's New York-based Senior Account Executive working out of the current Hamilton office -- my house. Note that my dog, Nashville, will be joining us at the new office.
My office and shared office.
The large windows let in plenty of natural light.
Painting has begun. Behind the blue wall will be the "Rumpus Room."
Door frames are getting ready to go in.
Conference rooms, offices and a large shared work area.
So, that is where things stand now. The carpet will be going in this week, and we are planning an official grand opening celebration at the end of the month. Stay tuned for more news, updates and photos.
If you'd like to learn more about Hamilton, check out the 2012 State of the City Address. The Liferay announcement occurs at 31:50.