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November 26, 2019

Calvin Carter Recognized for fourth year in a row as one of Dallas’ Top 500

Every year, the editors of D CEO release a special edition magazine called The Dallas 500 that celebrates the most influential business leaders in North Texas. Unprecedented in scope, it’s the result of a year-long research initiative who base selections on extensive contacts in local business circles and hundreds of interviews. Dallas 500 provides a personal, engaging look at the leaders who make Dallas-Fort Worth’s economy tick.

Every year since 2017, our fearless leader, Calvin Carter has been recognized and 2020 is no different.  For more information, please visit: https://productions.dmagazine.com/the-dallas-500/.

November 11, 2019

Calvin Carter and Chris Viscito are set to speak at upcoming Capital One Beyond Summit

As the world continues to rapidly transform, the power to unlock new ideas is critical to future success. What better time to bring together the visionaries, bold thinkers and leading business folk for a day of learning, networking and inspiration?

And Bottle Rocket is proud to have had two Rocketeers invited to speak at this year’s event that focuses on igniting innovation across DFW.

Calvin Carter, our very own Founder and CEO, is set to share the stage for a customer experience panel alongside industry leaders Marty Cagen (Author of “Inspired: How to create products customers love” and founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group) and Sanjiv Yajnik (President of Capital One Finance Services). The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Schnick, Editor in Chief of the Dallas Business Journal. The panel will discuss how they have each created digital products or ecosystems that are delightful, frictonless and personalized.

Later that day, Chris Viscito will discuss “Product Management In The Agency World” as a part of the product track at the event.

Way to go Rocketeers!

November 10, 2019

Amy Czuchlewski Honored at this year’s Technology Ball gala with Luminary Award

Digital transformation has become a hot topic as of late. Once you decide that your business needs one, how do you go about actually implementing the technology to bring your business forward? Here are three key ways that most businesses need to adapt for the digital age, and some technology that can help get you there:

Bottle Rocket’s own SVP, Technology was honored last night at the annual Technology Ball gala with the organizations first ever Women in Technology Luminary Award. Amy was recognized as an exceptional woman in the field of technology who has made a positive impact within her organization and/or the technology community in Dallas.

A “luminary” is defined as “a leading light who has achieved success in their chosen field and who serves as a positive inspiration or influence to others. “Congratulations to all the other amazing finalists for their accomplishments - you're all luminaries to me,” said Amy in her acceptance speech. “Thank you to Bottle Rocket for supporting my passion and vision, and for creating an inclusive environment with many other female leaders by my side. And a huge thank you to Technology Ball and SEI for shining a light on female technology leaders and helping to inspire a new generation.” 

More info on Technology Ball can be found here: http://technologyball.com/.

Congratulations Amy!

November 4, 2019

Amy Czuchlewski to represent Bottle Rocket at 2020 MAKERS conference

Selected as one of this year’s MAKERS in the category of GROUNDBREAKER, Amy will represent Bottle Rocket and our parent company Ogilvy at the upcoming event in February, 2020.

 MAKERS is the digital video initiative to capture the most dynamic collection of inspiring stories about women (some of the stories have been featured on PBS).  The stories have included OPRAH WINFREY, ERIN BROCKOVICH, and HILLARY CLINTON, to name a few. The MAKERS program allows for corporate partners, such as Bottle Rocket and OGILVY, to recognize their own game-changers in the business.

Below are just a few of the reasons Amy was selected among her peers for this GROUNDBREAKER nomination.

  • Bringing operational excellence to the company
  • Progressing and supporting the careers of so many amazing and talented technologists,
  • Honoring Bottle Rocket’s value of asking tough questions
  • Supporting STEM in the Dallas community
  • Progressing our strategies and competencies to lead us into tomorrow

More info on this initiative can be found here: https://www.makers.com/.

Congratulations Amy!

October 28, 2019

25 Nonprofits provided new websites through 48in48 Event at Bottle Rocket

Over 3,000 volunteer hours were contributed to creating updated websites for 25 non-profits during the first Dallas 48in48 event. The event, now in its fifth year, has held events in various other U.S. cities and plans to do its first international event in London later this year. Event founders Jeff Hillmire and Adam Walker are passionate about giving back to the community and also helping nonprofit organizations do even more good in the world. State Farm served as the founding sponsor and Bottle Rocket donated its space for the weekend event.

A dozen volunteer teams, including five Rocketeers, volunteered their talents to give back to non-profits by designing logos and building new websites. Additional volunteers helped organize the event and run the logistics that are required to help make this magnitude of an event possible. For more information on the event, visit https://48in48.org/dallas/.

Kathy Meadows, Founder and Executive Director at Mission Possible Kids, one of the nonprofit organizations enrolled in the Dallas program, said the 48in48 event arrived at a pivotal time for her organization as their website is expiring. “We needed a change quickly because the platform we were on won’t be available next month,” Meadows said, “Our website would’ve gone defunct, so this is saving us thousands of thousands of dollars.”

Kayden Grinwis (left), Principal at Kayden Michael Digital and Trent King (right), Art Director at Bottle Rocket, shows Kathy Meadows the first version of the new website on Saturday October 19, 2019.

Meadows said though the application process for 48in48 was intense, everyone was ‘super helpful.’

“I don’t have the website building skills even if I wanted to...what would’ve taken me a hundred years, these volunteers can do in a weekend.”

Kathy Meadows

Adam Walker, co-founder of 48in48, said he was excited for Dallas to be the seventh city to host the ‘hackathon style’ event in 2019. “Hosting at creative agencies or creative spaces like Bottle Rocket really provides a lot of energy. The team members you’ve got here seem to be pretty amazing,” Walker said.

Walker said he hopes that all professionals that participated were able to recognize that they can use their coding, designing and web talents to give back to others.

“The biggest thing is for the volunteers to be empowered to use their professional skills for good. Obviously, we want to build websites, but it’s more about volunteer empowerment."

Adam Walker

He said simply giving time to make a website or create content for these nonprofits can, “make a huge impact in the world.”

While really everyone that participated deserves recognition for their hard work, the event hosted a fun competition at the end of the event to award first, second and third place awards to the three teams that created, what four judges deemed, the most improved and creative out of the 25 websites made in the 48 hours. Awards were given to the teams of volunteers that worked on Open Hand Outreach Program (O.H.O.P), Just Bakery, and Break Bread, Break Boundaries. New websites for each of these organizations will be launched soon.

Judges (left to right) Breanne Clark, Manager of Philanthropy at State Farm; Jana Boone, VP of Marketing at Bottle Rocket; Diwakar Dewan, Head of Product Management and Technology at State Farm; and Mike Fletcher, IT Executive at State Farm.
Other volunteers help out with food, check-ins, and passing along information to the volunteers working on the nonprofit sites.
Volunteers working away for their nonprofit.
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