TPO Celebrates its 20th Birthday With a Look Back–and An Eye On the Future

January 16th, 2014
Written by: Dana Papke

Announcing a Yearlong Retrospective Blog Series in Honor of TPO’s 20th Year in Business

Some work things are just plain fun. That’s what I hope our yearlong retrospective blog series commemorating TPO’s 20th Birthday will be for our clients, partners and friends. Well, fun plus a hint of useful: because as we post about what we’ve experienced over the past 20 years, we’ll be making note of what will inform the next 20. And of course it’s always interesting to observe what has and may always remain the same going forward. So welcome to what we’re calling TPO@20!

As we look back at the years since TPO’s founding in 1994, we’ll leave the big (and sometimes controversial) evolutions and revolutions–politics, social, cultural, macro-economic–to the pundits and talking heads. What this blog series focuses on is “how we work,” with the “we” referring to those of us who run or work in or with small- and medium-size businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

To provide a broad perspective on “how we’ve worked” over the last two decades, TPO has assembled a team of likeminded (that is to say fun and insightful) people we’ve worked with over the years.

To make sure things are lively, we’ll be tossing in a few news and pop culture references along the way. For example, here are a few 1994’s most interesting milestones:

  • America Online started enabling the average consumer to access the World Wide Web;
  • A strike ended the MLB Season prematurely; and
  • On a timely note, the late Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.

We hope you will join us in helping make this a community effort by commenting on these blog posts early and often–whether you agree, have a different perspective or want to share an observation on how your business or market has changed over the last 20 years.

Thank you for your support in helping TPO reach this exciting milestone. We hope you enjoy TPO@20!, our 20th Birthday blog series.

Best regards,

Dana Papke
President and CEO
TPO, Inc.

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