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Giving Thanks

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Marki ConwayDirector

Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Shukran. Danke. Toda. Do Jeh. Sukria. Arigato.

No matter how you say it, saying thank you unites us as humans across the globe. Whether it’s signing off on an email, as someone holds the door for you, or around the table getting ready to eat some turkey.

At PAN, we have a lot to be thankful for – from our HR team that continues to build an honest, accepting and fun workplace, to our colleagues that are our friends in and outside of the office. This year, we have even more to be thankful for– as we celebrate our first Thanksgiving together since our acquisition of Vantage PR, making PAN a truly national brand with our offices in Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and New York. Our culture and success have been recognized by local and industry organizations – as we were recently named a best place to work by the Boston Globe and PR News this past year.

As we get ready to indulge in a delicious meal and spend time with friends and family, PAN wanted to take the time to share what we’re grateful for this year – both personally and professionally.

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at PAN!

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“Thankful that the Boston Globe and PR News, recognized what I’ve known all along: PAN is an amazing place because of the incredible people that make us a family.” – Philip A. Nardone, Jr., President and CEO

“I am thankful for the opportunity and environment that PAN provides me to foster personal and professional relationships.” – Beth Logan, Assistant Account Executive, Orlando

“I’m so grateful that I get to work with amazing people every day, and that the executive team took a chance and promoted me this year. And I’m especially grateful for everyone who has helped me as I stepped into this new role!” – Ashley Waters, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I am thankful to work with people who aren’t just amazing at their jobs, but they’re also pretty fun to hang out with outside of the workplace.” – Jenny Radloff, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I am thankful for the incredibly intelligent people – co-workers & clients – that I get to work with every day. Each of them push me to think creativity and quickly!” – Ally Andrew, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“Thankful for family, tradition, and egg nog (but let’s be honest, mostly the third thing here). Also thankful for my dedicated teammates and for building a career at one of the best places to work in Boston and in PR.” — Matthew Briggs, Account Director, Boston

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the ever hilarious, talented, warm and kind PAN staff across our three offices.” – Liz Aguilo, HR Manager, Boston

“I’m thankful that over the last year we have combined two amazing agencies to make PAN what is it today – an award-winning company continuing to deliver stellar client results.” – Sasha Dookhoo, Senior Account Executive, Orlando

“I’m thankful for the amazing teams I get to work with and learn from each day, and for being welcomed so warmly into the PAN family. It hasn’t even been a year yet, but it feels like I’ve known and worked with my PAN fam for years.” – Staci Didner, Account Executive, Orlando

“I am thankful for my mini fridge and my lovely cubemates whom I share it with.” – Kathryn McMahon, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful for PAN’s culture (aka the PAN-fam) that encourages us to be the best version of ourselves every day.” – Taylor Johnson, Account Executive, Boston

“I am so thankful that I was able to move back home around family and old friends in San Francisco, and join the great group of people at PAN West.” – Elizabeth Somerville, Account Supervisor, San Francisco

“I’m so thankful for each of my teams. They truly push me to do my best every day and answer all my questions (I have a lot of them).” – Karina Chowdhury, Assistant Account Executive, Orlando

“I’m thankful Darlene let me stay on her dedicated team even after I got Lisa (twice) in the PAN PR Pro Quiz.” – Emily Featherston, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful that PAN encouraged me to go with my gut and move to San Francisco because it’s been an amazing experience so far. I’m also thankful for office out here, making my transition so smooth and making me feel at home right away.” – Lauren Winer, Account Executive, San Francisco

“I’m thankful for an open-minded and collaborative workplace, like PAN, where we can share our ideas, concerns and struggles with one another. The wealth of perspective and support we share with one another is truly remarkable – and special!” – Jonathan Gregalis, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful for the warm welcome I received joining the PAN team this year – especially from my teams who have taught and encouraged me so much! I am thankful to be part of such a collaborative, positive and talented culture here at PAN!” – Kristen Hyle, PR Intern, Boston

“I am very thankful to have the joy of working with Marki every day.” – Kate Lavoie-Mayer, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“Thankful for my awesome cubemates near the copier hood (you know who you are)!” – Hannah Curtis, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful to have so many fellow PAN brides to share wedding planning excitement with – including taking Marki to my menu tasting (over my fiancé), getting vendor advice from Alex, and seamstress advice from Ariel!” – Randi Haney, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful for having such wonderful people to work with! They put a smile on my face every day and I couldn’t imagine a better bunch of professionals to be working with – some of us are even starting to develop some serious telepathy ;)” – Kristina Richmann, Account Supervisor, San Francisco

“I am grateful to be a part of such an amazing team here in SF and beyond.” – Joseph Martorano, Director, San Francisco

“Thankful for having 110 old and new PAN family members.” – Rob Adler, EVP/Managing Director, San Francisco

“I’m thankful for PAN having an office in SF so I can spend more time with my family around the holidays!” – Courtney Laub, Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful for all of my SF colleagues that have recently moved into the city! I can finally walk home with some of my friends after work or go to the gym with them.” – Rebecca Haynes, Digital Marketing Specialist

“I am thankful for my co-workers who seem to always stay more than positive, even when times get tough. They are always super positive and never a drag! Also, I am thankful for all our PAN visitors from Boston and Orlando. Phil, Dan, Mark, Lisa, Kate, etc. always bring positive energy when they visit!” – Chad Bianchi, PR Intern, San Francisco

“I’m thankful for all of my colleagues here at PAN! I’ve never worked somewhere that I love coming to work every day and even want to hang out with on the weekends.” – Lexi Kantz, Account Executive, San Francisco

“I am thankful this year for my new colleagues who welcomed me into the PAN family with open arms and my Marriott-side podmates (stay tuned for Holiday Party outfits!)” – Lindsay Schwimer, Senior Account Executive

“Thankful for my dedicated team, my PANtastic colleagues, my friends and family, my office next to Phil and on the other side of the office from Lisa, Stiffler and Briggsy’s scooters, Team eLIZabeth, and bacon and jalapeño cheesy bread at PAN pub.” – Dan Martin, VP, Boston

“I’m thankful for all the good friends I’ve made over the course of 10 years of working at PAN.” – Gene Carozza, SVP, Boston

“I’m thankful for #CMOs, golf, SnapChat and for colleagues who help me pick out gifts for my wife.” – Mark Nardone, EVP, Boston

“Thankful for Meal Pass and for rides to work with Phil.” – Kyle Tilsdley, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful for being able to go on NYC trips with Marki so she can carry my luggage around the city.” – Darlene Doyle, VP, Boston

“Thankful for an incredible work environment that puts its people first, and for my PANfam who build me up and always support me and my shenanigans. Also thankful for the approximately one percent of people who followed my directions in the format for giving thanks in this post.” – Marki Conway, Account Supervisor and self-appointed President of PAN Pub, Boston


“I am so grateful for my husband, Chris and everything he does for our family. I also can’t be more thankful for the entire PANFam— always there to celebrate for the fun times together and always the strongest support when needed. Thank you all for everything!” – Katelyn Campbell, Senior Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful for my new house, another year with family and friends and Darlene’s velour shirt from 1995.” – Lisa Astor, SVP, Boston

“I am also thankful for the nearly 30 amazing concerts I have enjoyed so far this year – music is my favorite!” – Liz Aguilo, HR Manager

“I’m grateful for my friends and family who help me stay positive when I feel frustrated with the world, and remind me to always have hope because there are truly good people in the universe.” – Ashley Waters, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful the Golden State Warriors are rocking it again this season, and that I lucked out recently getting a last-min ticket to see my fav band – Green Day – perform live again!” – John Vernon, Business Development, San Francisco

“I’m thankful for my new puppy, Bear, who makes coming home every day entertaining and full of love, and for my colleagues who make coming to work every day just as good.” — Lauren Kaufman, Executive Vice President, PAN Japan

“I am thankful for community, my family (especially my two babies 😉 and friends.” – Brianna Swales, VP, Orlando

“I am thankful for my new husband and for all the love and support I received from the entire PANfam around my wedding.” – Kathryn McMahon, Account Supervisor, Boston 

“I’m thankful for my new husband [the fella below] and my PAN Fam!” – Ariel Burch, Senior Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful that PAN brought it’s A game to my wedding [with the lady above].” – Adam Novak, Senior Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful for my health and that I’m able to get out of bed every morning and start a new day.”  – Kellie Woods, Assistant Account Executive, Orlando

“I’m thankful that even though I can’t go home to California for Thanksgiving, so many people have invited me to join their families for the holiday (including PAN’s Kate Lavoie-Mayer!). I can’t fully express just how grateful I am to have people be so inviting and kind.” – Erica Navar, PR Intern, Boston

“I am thankful for: being able to call my work colleagues my friends, my legs that carried me for another marathon and The Muppets.” – Gaby Berkman, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful for still being able to live at home with my loving parents! Makes it so easy to save money, not to mention my mom still makes me breakfast every single morning. :)” – Karina Chowdhury, Assistant Account Executive, Orlando

“I’m thankful for my family and friends (both human and furry) and the return of Gilmore Girls this Thanksgiving!” – Emily Featherston, Senior Account Executive, Boston

“I’m thankful for my family + friends. Specifically, my son whose toddler innocence can still make me smile, laugh and love big as ever at a time when it feels many things have taken a nightmarish turn.” – Kelli Fletcher, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I am so grateful for my summer in SF and really getting to know PAN West. Loved meeting new people, learning the in/outs of the Bay area PR scene and of course exploring beautiful California with my husband and puppy!” – Katelyn Campbell, Senior Account Supervisor, Boston

“I’m thankful that the world traded up from kale to avocado.” – Randi Haney, Account Supervisor, Boston

“I am thankful for New England clam chowder – it is so awful in San Francisco.” – Lexi Driscoll, Assistant Account Executive, San Francisco

“I am thankful for my first ever Thanksgiving dinner at which I can finally answer my pesky relatives’ questions of “did you finish college yet?” (Yes, after a transfer and two major switches, I’m a graduate—on-time, no less!) and “what are you doing with your life?” (I am officially employed!! Thanks, PAN!)” – Emily Pallack, PR Intern, San Francisco

“I am thankful for community, my family (especially my two babies 😉 and friends.” – Brianna Swales, VP, Orlando

“I’m thankful for Chicken and Rice Guys, the salad dressing from La Scala and that Marki is such a fun colleague.” – Caitlyn Keating, Account Supervisor, Boston

“Thankful to my incredible friends and family who put up with me, thankful to be marrying my best friend next year and especially thankful for the newest member of our family – my newborn niece, Lilah.” – Marki Conway, Account Supervisor, Boston

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