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January edition of PlattForm Advertising's internal newsletter the Podium


<ul><li><p>PODIUMJANUARY 2012</p></li><li><p>TAKE NOTE PEOPLE! THESE ARE THE EXAMPLES AMONG US WHO ROCK! IF YOU ALSO WISH TO ROCK, TAKE NOTE OF THE ROCKING OF THESE INDIVIDUALS!</p><p>DAVID SEIBERTDATABASE DEVELOPER</p><p>KUMAR JINADASSSR. DATABASEADMINISTRATOR</p><p>RACHEL NORLINFRONT END DEVELOPER</p><p>YOGESH JOSHISR. BUSINESS ANALYST</p><p>LANCE BARKERMEDIA BUYER</p></li><li><p>BECCAS</p><p>Kris Saim</p><p>Senior Developer</p><p>Account Supervisor</p><p>innovator of the monthdecember 2011</p><p>december 2011employee of the month</p><p>Joe Perkins</p><p>1. On pain of death, you MUST go see one of these movies over the holidays. Which one do you choose?</p><p> Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 39% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 33% Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 15% Ill take the bullet. 13%</p><p>2. Which Hollywood Ryan is YOUR favorite Hollywood Ryan?</p><p> Ryan Reynolds 44% Ryan Seacrest 2% Ryan Gosling 35% Ryan Phillipe 5% I kind of thought they were all the same person... 15%</p><p>3. With the holidays over, whats your favorite way to get through the slightly-less-exciting, wintery span of January?</p><p> Hit the streets and go to events! Im not letting cold or sleet stop me. 27%</p><p> Hibernate. Gather food and hot drinks, tuck them away nearby, and just sleep it out. 45%</p><p> Ignore that it exists. If I marathon enough TV shows on instant streaming, I can actually forget what season it is outside. 28%</p><p>4. There have been a motherload of political debates in the past few months, enough that even Donald Trump wanted in on the action for a bit. Have you been watching?</p><p> Yes! Analyzing every word and assessing how these guys are holding up under the political pressure. 5%</p><p> Sometimes if I have nothing else going on. And sometimes I just read the recaps on the Internet later. 29%</p><p> Erm ... no. I kind of have better things to do than watch those yahoos snipe at each other during prime time. 65%</p><p>5. One last holiday question before the half-on/half-off break: Which, of any, of these holiday movies is a must-see for you every season?</p><p> Die Hard 9% Its a Wonderful Life 12% National Lampoons Christmas Vacation 34% White Christmas 7% Scrooged 7% A Christmas Story 17% Love, Actually 14%</p><p>v</p><p>Congratulations to Joe Perkins for winning PlattForms companywide Employee of the Month award and Kris Saim for winning Innovator of the Month! The winners of these awards receive a plaque and the employee of the month receives the coveted reserved parking space. EOM nominations are submitted by director-level employees and above and the winners are determined by PlattForms internal board. This month there were 3 nominees so keep up the great work, everyone!</p></li><li><p>We are so appreciative of PlattForms </p><p>tremendous commitment to SAVE! Not only </p><p>has your Emmy award-winning video helped SAVE, Inc. raise over $950,000 but it has </p><p>provided a dignified and heartfelt voice for our </p><p>clients to sharetheir stories.</p><p> - Sara Rowden, SAVE Inc.</p><p>Day of Caring MovemberThink Pink Day</p><p>Over 75 families benefited from </p><p>PlattForms generosity over Thanksgiving. We </p><p>appreciate all of the work PlattForm did this year and in past years! </p><p>Thanks again for all you do.</p><p>- Andrea Morales, Mattie Rhodes Center</p><p>January 2011Operation For The Troops collected some much needed books, magazines and DVDs for </p><p>military personnel in Afghanistan. Collectively, we sent care packages to eight different military bases. Your donations not only helped those fighting overseas stay connected to </p><p>home, but helped boost morale. </p><p>May 2011PForm sponsored the 2nd annual No Place Like Home luchean at the Overland Park Marriott to benefit SAVE. We raised over $50,000 for the organization.</p><p>May 2011We kicked off our busy summer with PForm Day at the K. Seems everyone likes baseball and hotdogs around here. In one day, we raised a whopping $900 for the Cystic Fibrosis </p><p>Foundation. Of course, that was between lunch, giveaways, raffles, door prizes and the game itself. Batter up! And we also rallied for a clothing and supply drive for the folks affected by </p><p>the devastating Joplin tornado raising over $1,000 for the American Red Cross.</p><p>February 2011PFormers whipped up their best pies, cakes and cobblers for the 1st Annual </p><p>PForm Dessert Wars. All the proceeds went to Mothers Refuge - a local charity that helps teen moms.</p><p>April 2011PForm hosted our 3rd Annual Paws For Cause fundraiser to help our four-legged </p><p>friends at the Pet Connection. The event raised over $2,000 for Pet Connection. Our furry friends were thrilled. And Team Phil also volunteered and helped cheer on the </p><p>walkers at AIDS Walk 2011.</p></li><li><p>Blood Drive AIDS Walk Decorating Cookies with TLC</p><p>Movember 2011Things got a little hairy at our 1st ever Movember (yes, Movember) Moustache Contest. Over 25 guys participated to raise $$$ for the Live Strong Foundation. Congrats to Tom Anguiano who was crowned King of Facial Hair.</p><p>October 2011PForm took part in one of the largest events for Down syndrome in the nation! Nearly a dozen PFormers helped volunteer at the Step Up For Downs Syndrome event at Arrowhead Stadium.</p><p>June 2011The event that started it all! Nearly 25 PFormers helped make the 6th Annual Day of Caring at SAVE, Inc. our best yet. We helped landscape </p><p>and spruce up the grounds for the folks at our charity of choice.</p><p>June 2011SAVE, Inc commemorated their 25th anniversary in September. And PForm helped sponsor the </p><p>event. And we also rocked Fashions Night Out where PFormers hung out and partied hang with celebrity stylist and critic Steve Cojocaru.</p><p>Thank you, again, for this </p><p>tremendous support for the low-</p><p>income Kansas City families and </p><p>kids served by Della Lamb! You </p><p>guys at Plattform cover a substantial </p><p>number of those little kiddos and </p><p>its very much appreciated! These </p><p>economic times are really hard </p><p>right now for the working-poor </p><p>parents trying to stretch meager </p><p>incomes against rising costs of </p><p>pure-basics. Once youre on the </p><p>receiving end of grace, you never </p><p>forget it, and it affects everything </p><p>you do from that day on. God bless </p><p>you guys at PlattForm! - Judy McGonigle Akers, Executive Vice President, Della Lamb</p></li><li><p>Ever wish you were Brad Gibbs or Tracy Kreikemeier? Getting to travel the world, well the US? Taking in and enjoying all the sites? Lucky dogsWell these stories may have you thinking twice!</p><p>Michael Platt and Tracy Kreikemeier:Tracy knows them better than I do. Maybe she can tell you about the time I flew to Santa Ana and sat next to Michelle Wiles in the Eau de Urine (last) row. Lets just say that when I offered her a barf bag, she turned towards me to take it and was a bit off in her timing. I was still finding chunks when I got to the hotel. Or the first time I flew with Joy and we talked the entire time about how upset her brothers were that she was tra velling with a man, and that when we arrived at the hotel they said we are really sorry, but we only have one room. Needless to say, I was a gentleman and found another hotel a few miles away. Tracy: These all make me laugh. As does the time we were almost kicked off of Frontier after we walked end </p><p>to end in the Frontier terminal twice. Or how many times you have forgotten your purse. Or almost had your bb confiscated. The list goes on and on.</p><p>Brad Gibbs: So I am in Dallas on one of my connection flights trying to get home. The plane is over booked by 1 person, however they dont realize this which means two people have the same seat. The funny thing is when the flight attendant came back to talk to them, the two people had the same name. Not only, first name, but first name, middle name, and last name. But Ive had worse, someone died on the plane, a plane caught on fire, an engine fall off, hole in the windshield, I could go on. I put my life on the line for PlattForm every day.Aaron Edwards: I was sitting on a plane in Orange County, flight attendant gets on the intercom, I am sorry everyone, were going to have to get off the plane, there has been </p><p>PLATTFORM | TRAVEL STORIESNICOLE ARAUJO</p><p>Yes, a few things. One I am drumming at a confer-ence with around 10k people. Another is me sing-ing Ballroom Blitz on Rock Band with my friends. Caleb Finley</p><p>Absolutely not! However, my fianc has a few rap videos out there I think it made him nervous when I stumbled across them short-ly after we started dating. I love Google! Jacquelyn Koehler</p><p>Theres an adorable video of a baby panda bear going down a slide and crashing head first into the groundI have a comment featured underneath that video. Caleb Brattrud</p><p>No comment. -- Crazy Kerry Ann Kellerman</p><p>Check out Hermy1034 on YouTube. Some box-ing, some dancing and some other stuff. Tylor Hermanson</p><p>Unfortunately I am not famous in the world of YouTube. Kristen Adams</p><p>Me and my friend Ali auditioned for Can You Duet? on CMT its still floating out there. Tiffany Romeo</p><p>Are you featured on YouTube in any way, shape or form? If so, what is it?</p><p>??? ? ?? ?? ? ??MICHAEL MACKIES ?</p></li><li><p>a bomb threat. Im thinking to myself, probably didnt need to go into that much detail.</p><p>Michael Mackie: Circa 2007, I went on a shoot at a school in Miami. When our crew of six arrived, the campus director literally said, What are you doing here? And I said, Were here for a week-long commercial shoot. Needless to say that particular week didnt go too swimmingly.One of my crew members caught himself on fire during a client dinner in Laredo, Texas. Literally. On fire.I went six years without so much as one teeny-tiny travel hiccup on any of my shoots and then got in not one, but two, car accidents on the road in two weeks. Uh, I was NOT driving either time.I shot at a culinary school and offered to take all the chef instructors out for dinner at the end of the week for being so helpful. They argued amongst themselves and couldnt collectively agree on a place to eat so we aborted the mission. (The crew ate well that night, however.)</p><p>Jeremy Schoen:Linda Smith and I were sitting next to each other on a flight on the way back home from Philly. As soon as the planes wheels left the ground Linda and I started to hear heavy panting coming from a few rows behind us. We both ignored it for a few seconds but then the it became increasingly louder. I turned to Linda and said, Sounds like someone is joining the mile high club. A few seconds later the breathing got so loud now a small crowd looking back at this young woman sitting in the second to last row. Then she starts to say, Oh my god, my god, something is not right, oh my god. She now has the attention of the back half of the plane and flight attendants are stumbling their way to her seat. Remind you this is all in about one minute into the flight so we are at a very steep incline. Now with the flight attendants by her side, she says in a firm voice, Something is not right, Its too loud, please land this plane right now, Its just too noisy something is not right. They hand her a bag and tell her to just breath normally, everything is just fine. This young woman does not agree with our safety status so she begins to scream, We are all going to die, we are all going to die, its too loud, something is not right, we are all going to die!!!!!! Needless to say, she now has the full attention of everyone one on this plane. After she throws this fit for three minutes (which is a very long time by the way when being screamed at that we are all going to die) the flight attendants walk her to the front of the plane where it is less noisy. As she is being walked by my seat I turn to Linda and say: I have been a air plane mechanic for 14 years and I can tell you that something is not right with that right engine. I dont think the young woman </p><p>heard me but the person next to me did and asked if I was serious. That was the first time and only I have been on a plane and see someone wig out like that. </p><p>And here is one of my own (Nicole Araujo): You think youve had a rough travel experience, well read this one. When travelling to Brazil for my brothers wedding this year I experienced firsthand what a trip from hell would be. I initially boarded a plane in Kansas City heading to Houston at 5:00pm on April 21st. From Houston my next flight left at 9:00pm heading to Sao Paulo. As I found my seat I became extremely excited to realize I had my own individual little TV that was attached to the back of the seat in front of me. Unfortunately the excitement was short lived, as soon as the plane took off I attempted to lay my seat back so I could start getting confortable for my 10 hour flight only to find out it was broken and wouldnt recline, translation NO SLEEP! As those 10 miserable hours went by I was still glad to have landed safe and sound. I directed myself to the check-in counter for my domestic flight to my home city and received yet another bad news. My flight had been cancelled. Next flight out you ask? In 12 hours!!! Oh, and with an additional layover of 4 hours! My reaction? Arent you glad you werent there to witness that one.</p><p>Continuing on with the story, my reaction got me a 12 hour stay at a nearby hotel so I could rest before continuing this journey. After walking for about 15 minutes I located the so called shuttle that would take me to my hotel. I checked in and headed to my room for some much needed sleep. I seem to have forgotten to mention that April is a very hot month in Brazil! And why would I make sure to note that? Because the air conditioner in the room was, ummm, you guessed it! BROKEN! So twelve hours in my new found sauna I again got zero sleep. As I returned to the airport and boarded another plane, followed by another plane.does it ever end I thought to myself? The answer, yes, it was about to as my final segment was coming to an end as we arrive the city of Salinas. After circling the city 3 times the pilot finally attempted to take off. I can see the roofs on houses; I can see the trees getting bigger, I can see the cars closely now, andAhhhhhhhhhhhh, someone screams! Why you ask? Because the darn plane takes back off right as it was about to land! Panic soars thru the cabin as the pilot makes no announcement! The plane circles the city a couple more times and finally we land. </p><p>Want to guess what time that was?? 1:30am!!! What was ahead of me?? A 3 hour drive! Yup, I travelled a total of 64 and half hours to spend a day and a half in Brazil. I will save the story about the return to a different time.</p></li><li><p>Take a sec to think about where you were five years ago. In PlattForm time, five years is a virtual eon. The chances that you were part of this company back then are pretty slim, and the chances that you held the same position if you were already a PlattFormer even slimmer. Like Ali Lohan slim. </p><p>Five years ago this month, Michael Platt and Kevin Kuzma published the first print edition of Career College Central. And now, the magazine is a company and industry staple. Its bigger and better than it was five years ago. Most of all, its a consistent source of updated information, best practices and opinions that you need to get your...</p></li></ul>