Projectline Services, Inc., a Seattle-based B2B marketing services provider with offices in London, Toronto, and Philadelphia, has relocated its headquarters to the historic Smith Tower. The company, which was leasing loft space in Pioneer Square and the Symmetra Tower in downtown Bellevue, is now occupying the 4th and 5th floors of Smith.
“We are thrilled to be in one of the most iconic buildings in the Pacific Northwest,” said COO and cofounder Dave Jones. “It feels great to have all of our Northwest team in one place, with plenty of room to keep growing.”
To celebrate its new location, Projectline sponsored a photo contest, resulting in more than 60 images taken inside and outside the Smith Tower by Projectliners. Goodman Real Estate (GRE), which manages the building, will showcase some of the photography in an upcoming advertisement that will run in the March issue of Seattle Met magazine.
“This is a very exciting time for Smith Tower as we approach its 100th anniversary in 2014, and we are thrilled to have a lively and involved company like Projectline to help build that excitement,” said GRE’s Catherine Chase. “The photo contest is a perfect example of how they are engaging with the Smith Tower community, and we look forward to continuing to build a lasting relationship.” Continue reading →
What is it that makes Projectline one of the best places to work? Is it the turntable spinning vinyls on Floor 2 in the Seattle office, or our turntable.fm room where Projectliners across the country can meet up for a virtual dance party? Is it the fresh, local, organic snacks in our fully stocked kitchens, or the homemade happy hours we host each week? Book club? Community service? Flexible workspace? Fabulous people? Or does it all come down to our amazing annual holiday gala?
One employee’s take: “I’ve been with Projectline for over two years, and what I love most is that I’m given satisfying, challenging work to do along with the support I need to be successful. But this doesn’t mean I have someone standing over my head, watching my every move—I’m trusted to get my work done and done well, whether I’m working from home or the office. My coworkers are incredible, and our office manager works hard to make us all feel at home. We volunteer together, we learn together, and we definitely play together, too.”
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This past summer, Projectline made the Inc 5000 Honor Roll when it was named on the Inc 5000 list for its fifth year in a row. Inc 5000 features the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., and the list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.
This month, Projectline will be featured in Inc Magazine’s December/January issue as a winner of Inc.’s inaugural Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing private companies that are leading the way in creating American jobs. Projectline was founded in 2003 by Mike Kichline, David Jones, and Anika Lehde, who remain the firm’s principal owners. “We’re thrilled by this latest recognition from Inc. Magazine,” says Vice President Anika Lehde. “Since we started the company, we’ve always focused on hiring amazingly talented people and empowering them to do great work for our clients. This approach has not only created an environment where our people can thrive, it’s been a major factor in enabling us to expand our team nationwide.”
Projectline’s CEO Mike Kichline will be joining other honorees at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at the Mead Center in Washington, D.C. on December 6. “When we started this company, I had no idea how gratifying it would be to have the experience of hiring people,” says Kichline. “It’s such a significant and memorable thing, getting the call that says ”we want you for the job”. I have been fortunate enough to make many of these calls, and it’s always amazing.”
The inaugural Inc. Hire Power Awards are sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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As a marketer, do you find it’s harder than ever to reach your target buyers?
Do you struggle to keep up with the demand to create and post new, relevant blog posts, tweets, articles, ebooks, videos, and more to keep a steady stream of visitors coming to your virtual doorstep?
Does your sales team complain about the quality of leads your hard-earned marketing campaigns deliver?
Do you find yourself in the hot seat for showing how your marketing spend really moves the needle on sales?
If so, help is at hand.
This week, Projectline launched Yesler, a marketing agency focused on serving B2B technology companies. Yesler applies an integrated end-to-end framework of services to meet the challenges of today’s buyer-centric marketplace, with key offerings in content marketing, marketing automation, sales enablement, and marketing analytics.
A Projectline company, Yesler is built on more than a decade of experience working with some of the world’s largest and most innovative B2B technology companies, including Microsoft, SAP, Intel, Research in Motion, Dell, Cisco, Citrix, HTC, Avanade, and T-Mobile.
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“Every day I am amazed by the great team we have here. To have our company recognized this way is an honor, but the real reward is that I get to work with such remarkable people.” – David Jones, COO and Co-Owner
Projectline provides employees with financial support for professional development, myriad opportunities to play and socialize, an intense focus for quality of work, ways to give back to the community, and a leadership mentoring program. But those benefits aren’t what give Projectline its reputation as a highly desired work place—the people who work at Projectline are the main attractor. Employees are also the engine that drives most of the company programs, including the newest offering of international volunteer grants.
“To me, the great people are what make Projectline the best company I’ve ever worked for. I am thankful every day for the incredibly smart, witty, and fun group that I get to spend my time with.” – Malone Eldridge, Marketing Consultant
In late January, Projectline announced its first International Employee Volunteer Travel Grant as an extension of its local volunteer program. Each year, the grant will give two Projectline employees the opportunity to travel abroad to help with a cause near and dear to their hearts.
Projectline’s first grant winner is Jessie Morris, a marketing consultant who has been with the company for nearly five years. “As soon as I heard of the opportunity, I knew it was something I had to do. I’m so excited and grateful for the opportunity Projectline has given not only to me, but to the people who will benefit from this volunteerism and the Projectliners who will receive this grant in the years to come. This is truly a unique opportunity and shows Projectline’s dedication to changing the world,” she says.
Jessie will be flying to northern Tanzania in July 2012 to volunteer with the Tamiha Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic and related issues. Tamiha serves its community with an orphanage, a vocational school for women, and HIV/AIDS awareness and support programs. Watch the video that Jessie put together to understand the importance of the work Tamiha is dedicated to.
In addition to volunteering in Tanzania, Jessie will be running her first full marathon to raise some much-needed money for the foundation. “It’s crazy to think about how such a small amount of money can go such a long way,” she says. “When you consider that it costs only US$150 to feed all 100 children at the orphanage for one month, it’s hard not to want to make a positive change and support the programs that are dedicated to changing so many people’s lives. Any amount—small or large—helps.”