(L to R standing) Ward, Bernie, Ken, Roger, Bob<br />(L to R seated) Sharon, Evelyn, Marianne, Scott(L to R standing) Ward, Bernie, Ken, Roger, Bob
(L to R seated) Sharon, Evelyn, Marianne, Scott
Marianne and Bob, RB and Ward with The Doobie BrothersMarianne and Bob, RB and Ward with The Doobie Brothers
Marianne, me, Debbie @ Superbowl PartyMarianne, me, Debbie @ Superbowl Party
Debbie, Colin, Marianne @ Superbowl PartyDebbie, Colin, Marianne @ Superbowl Party
Me, Marianne, Debbie, Tom @ Holiday PartyMe, Marianne, Debbie, Tom @ Holiday Party
(L to R) Dion, Marianne, Ken, me, Mary @ ConExpo<br />(Mary is Marianne’s friend and chief resource for name acts and event management.)(L to R) Dion, Marianne, Ken, me, Mary @ ConExpo
(Mary is Marianne’s friend and chief resource for name acts and event management.)
(L to R) Francine, Debbie, Marianne, Rob, Colleen and Matt @ The Global Sales Meeting(L to R) Francine, Debbie, Marianne, Rob, Colleen and Matt @ The Global Sales Meeting
  • (L to R standing) Ward, Bernie, Ken, Roger, Bob<br />(L to R seated) Sharon, Evelyn, Marianne, Scott
  • Marianne and Bob, RB and Ward with The Doobie Brothers
  • Marianne, me, Debbie @ Superbowl Party
  • Debbie, Colin, Marianne @ Superbowl Party
  • Me, Marianne, Debbie, Tom @ Holiday Party
  • (L to R) Dion, Marianne, Ken, me, Mary @ ConExpo<br />(Mary is Marianne’s friend and chief resource for name acts and event management.)
  • (L to R) Francine, Debbie, Marianne, Rob, Colleen and Matt @ The Global Sales Meeting

What’s up? What’s happening? Marianne is retiring and I have something to say about it.

My friendship with Marianne started back in the summer of ’87. I started working at Genie in June and met Marianne when I was assigned to support a sales meeting that included a production of the Wizard of Oz… um, I actually can’t remember what we called our parody, but it was tremendous fun as Genie’s senior leaders played their parts to the hilt with additional Team Members also hamming it up.

I credit Marianne with launching my “Hollywood” career. She pulled me into plans and preparations for the ’95 (I think that was the year) ARA show at Disneyland. I produced some really fun videos and Marianne orchestrated a fabulous evening at Disneyland that included a banquet and the exclusive use of the park culminating in a private showing of Fantasmic. All aspects were amazing. And that was only the beginning. She created a stunning succession of Customer Appreciation events, year after year, each one pegging the fun meter to the max. We had top acts like The Four Tops, The Doobie Brothers, Siegfried & Roy, Earth Wind & Fire, Huey Lewis, Lionel Richie (see my post on ConExpo) and I think a few others my brain has forgotten.

Look at the photos in the gallery above. Life is good when you get to hang out with Marianne.  I have fond memories of the Seahawks Superbowl party she put together when all us working stiffs had to be at a trade show in another state. Of course it was a blast and everybody wanted to have their picture with Marianne including Colin Fox. The holiday party photo was taken in ‘05. It features yours truly, Marianne, Debbie (my boss) and Tom (longtime friend, mentor and former boss).

Check out the photo of us at ConExpo. Like my bling? This photo was taken at the ’08 ConExpo customer appreciation party. Truly a wing ding of titanic proportion with Lionel Richie, a way cool cover band, DJ and 5,000 or so of the people who sign my paycheck. Supremely fun.

We honored and celebrated Marianne’s career at the recent global sales meeting (last photo in the gallery). I’m going to miss seeing Marianne at Genie. But she has promised to stay in touch and come to the premiere of Project London when it’s finished.

All the best to you Marianne!

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I think Marianne would agree with me that it’s appropriate to thank Bob, Ward and Roger for the many opportunities we have enjoyed reaching farther and higher to deliver fun and meaningful experiences to our Customers and Team Members.

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9 Responses to “Everybody Loves Marianne”

  1. Colin Fox
    4 June 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Dear Marianne,
    You represent the best of Genie’s spirit and traditions. Genie’s and now also Terex’s “tradeshows” around the globe will never be the same and would not reached such success without your creativity, your planning, and especially your special flair ! I just hope someone took some detailed notes and the Cosmo receipe.
    The customer “dinners” over the years have always been memorable (you made Roger look good). You always have such a upbeat spirit about you that you are just fun to be around. I will miss you and your sense of humor at Genie. However, I have no concerns about your adjustment to retirement. You will just use your special flair and have a great time with husband, family, and many, many friends.
    With all the best to you in the future and I hope our paths meet again.
    Love, Colin.

  2. Ward Bushnell
    4 June 2008 at 5:53 am #

    Hello Marianne, Congratulations and thank you! As everyone is saying, time moves on but the best is ahead. Thanks for all the fun times and the support over these many years. Enjoy the years to come, Ward

  3. Francine
    4 June 2008 at 3:33 am #

    Hi Marianne,
    I cannot believe I will no longer see that wonderful smile of yours at the Conexpo shows or when I visit Redmond! I have truly enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you over the years. I hope we will still be able to get together once in a while and have some fun. Have a great time and enjoy.

  4. Michael
    3 June 2008 at 7:13 pm #

    Mom – Congratulations on what was clearly a wonderful career. It does not surprise me that you have made a positive impression on everyone that you have come in contact with while at Genie. You did all this and still never missed a single soccer game, baseball tournament or trumpet recital. You and Dad also managed to put three kids through college. You must be tired. Enjoy your retirement !! What’s for dinner on Sunday ?

  5. Bob Wilkerson
    3 June 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    Hey Marianne!
    Congratulations on your retirement…you don’t look a day over 25!! It was a Vision, then a Reality, and now a fading memory but don’t ever forget to continue to “PARTY LIKE ITS 99!!!!” Where is Prince now that we need him!
    Have a great time and thanks for all the memories!
    Cheers,
    Bob

  6. Rob
    3 June 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed partnering with you on the events this year. They were successful and fun. I offer best wishes in all of your future adventures, (but regrets that I didn’t get to work with you longer). Congrats and have a blast!

  7. Dion
    3 June 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    I will remember all the laughs we shared when we occupied the same space in the Sales Department. Thanks for making the Pacific Northwest a sunny place to be while in your presence. Have a wonderful time and thank you for the great commitment you have made over the years. DL

  8. Sharon
    3 June 2008 at 9:07 am #

    My, but we were thin once, weren’t we. The Wizard of Odds was fun, hard work, crazy, and a good memory. We are really going to miss you around here. You are an icon at Genie. I treasure our friendship — and we will still see lots of each other.

  9. Roger Brown
    3 June 2008 at 9:02 am #

    Well the time has finally come. Welcome to the next chapter of your life! Thank you for all the years of fun, laughter, yes and business too! Now, get out there in the garden! RB