Working as part of a small team offers some pretty big benefits. With the exception of seven extraordinary years as a 20-something working in the Press Office of Governor Tom Kean, I’ve spent 25 years as a small business owner.
As a college student, I never contemplated a job in politics or government and certainly never dreamed of owning my own business [read more on that here]. For whatever reason, these opportunities presented themselves and looking back, I wouldn’t have traded either experience for the world.
At Thomas/Boyd Communications, we are truly involved and interested in many aspects of each other’s lives, both inside and outside the office. Although we all have our own lives and aren’t exactly attached at the hip, we all have a healthy respect for what’s going on with one another and never hesitate to offer a helping hand or a kind word.
We all share a strong work ethic and a desire to get things done. Pam and I don’t care if getting something done means coming to work in shorts and flip-flops or working from home in your pajamas. We try to stay connected to former employees; stop for an occasional lunch on the porch; or gather for an in-service on a topic of interest to all. We never miss a birthday (although it might come a day late) and recently went to a Phillies game where they actually won!
It takes a highly motivated individual with a sense of entrepreneurship to want to work in a small business. As an individual succeeds in growing an existing client or bringing in a new one, it benefits the entire agency.
One of the hallmarks of Thomas/Boyd is the dedicated and talented team of associates and interns who never say never and start every day with a winning attitude and smile.
Sure, we have bad days. Yes, PR is a very stressful business where deadlines rule the deliverables. But the one thing that trumps all of that is our day-to-day interactions with one another (coupled with someone offering to walk to Starbucks or purchase vats of peanut M&Ms).
I love what I do. I love coming to work. I share what’s happening in my life with my coworkers and encourage them, when they choose to, to also share what they have going on so we have a sense of what they’re up against on any given day. There is so much more to life than what happens between 9-5.
My life would have turned out much differently had I taken the career path I had anticipated – working in a large PR firm in NYC – but I am very pleased with the way things have worked out.
About the Author:
Liz Thomas is an award-winning public relations professional and CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications. Now in her 25th year as a small-business owner, Liz credits much of her success in the communications field to her early public relations and government affairs training in the press office of New Jersey Governor Tom Kean. Liz is constantly on-the-move, providing strategic direction, crisis communications consults and overseeing clients’ day-to-day public relations activities. Her enthusiasm for her clients carries into her “down time,” as well – she serves as board chairperson for Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice and vice chair of NJTV and is actively involved as a volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden.