When I came to work at Acentech, it took a very short time for me to realize that I was surrounded by very special and talented colleagues. This didn’t come as a surprise since music is such an important part of so many of our employees’ lives. A majority of them became acousticians because of their passion for music.
It is not unusual at Acentech to receive an invitation from a co-worker inviting members of the staff to his or her performance taking place on a weekend or an evening during the week. I was very fortunate to attend a few performances by our Senior Consultant, Nicole Cuff, who is part of an acoustics duo, called the 94’s, as well as an a capella group Vinyl Street. I also attended a Cambridge Symphony Orchestra concert where our Principal Consultant, Robert Berens, played the French horn.
After seeing these shows, I kept thinking how wonderful it would be if all my colleagues could also benefit from witnessing the very diverse talents we have at Acentech. Since everyone is busy and not always able to find time outside of regular working hours, I felt the best way to make this happen would be to organize an event during the work week. I shared my idea with the Marketing Department and they agreed it would be a fun event for me to help organize.
As soon as the plan was conveyed to the entire company, many consultants were on board and promptly signed up to participate. I was so pleased that “Acentech’s Got Talent” (the name of our Talent show) was going to become reality. We set a date when as many people as possible would be available to attend.
Our Director of Marketing and Business Development, Sarah McGillicuddy, had the wonderful suggestion to also invite employee family members and friends to join us. It was terrific that everyone was so enthusiastic.
Once I had an idea of how many people would take part in the show, all performers met to discuss and share what they intended to present and what kind of equipment would be needed to make these acts possible. Our wonderful Consultant, Andy Carballeira, who is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, a Jazz Organist in two groups (The Left Ear Trio and The Lean Two) had all the necessary music gear which was a great help. Acentech’s Systems Group also helped to set up the proper sound needs of this production.
President Jeff Zapfe kicked it off with a string figures demonstration.
The next step was to decide on the line-up of our numerous gigs:
The Acentech Orchestra preparing to play.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to use my organizational skills to bring to the forefront the wonderful gifted employees we have at Acentech, and I hope the talent show can become a yearly tradition! It was a fabulous way for everyone to get to know each other better and enjoy truly great talent.
You can also get a preview of Acentech’s Got Talent by viewing this video!