The competitive spirit that drives us to win work for our team was a force behind our decision to compete in the SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) within two categories. It wasn’t for the big W (or M in the case). We wanted to celebrate the heart of Hargis that continues to beat strong today. It’s what carries us through uncertainty, unites us to serve a common good, and inspires us to reach for audacious goals. To us, the MCA is a way to recognize the whole team—all 200-plus of us—for doing the right thing, for the right reasons, and to celebrate mission accomplished.
Even so, there’s something exhilarating about receiving that e-mail that we were a finalist. And that feeling was heightened when we sat in the audience at Amplify A|E|C waiting to hear which entry was deemed worthy of the Award of Excellence. That moment when our name was called out was euphoric and surreal. It was an amazing feeling to know we captured the story and conveyed it in such a way it received national recognition. It’s an honor that we were proud to share with our entire team, which they so rightly deserved. They played the leading role and we, the marketing team, were the storytellers.
Hargis Engineers from Seattle, WA, won an Award of Excellence in the category of Crisis Management and Communications. To view their winning entry, visit our 2022 MCA gallery.