With a burning desire to open an agency and think big, do things differently, follow my instincts and have the freedom to make a difference, I took a leap of faith and my savings and opened Bennett & Company on the easy to remember date of 8/2/82.
I’ve never looked back and for the life it has given me, I could not be more grateful.
Thirty-five years ago I opened what is today Bennett & Company PR and Marketing. Miami was a new city for me and alive with possibilities. There was no better place on the planet to open this agency and thanks to that beginning it has thrived. Together the wonderful people who have been part of Bennett & Company have evolved, prospered and made a difference for one another, for our clients and our community.
Also in 1982: The smiley, the very first emoticon, was introduced
The Weather Channel premiered and so did USA Today
EPCOT opened at Walt Disney World
and the average purchase price of a home was $67,800
The second office in Orlando turned into the main office in the late 1990’s as the internet allowed the team and the clients to be connected from anywhere. New professionals from as far away as Poland and Spain joined the team as clients had needs and we became a 24/7 operation with the freedom to be global. Experiences have included working with a President and a Pope as well as start-up entrepreneurs, some of the largest companies in the world and others who had big visions and allowed us to help them come to life.
For me there is no greater satisfaction than knowing as the world has changed, so did the agency, and so did I. My mother often said “Let me get this straight, you are doing what you love and people pay you?” Yes Mom that pretty much says it all and I wish you were here to celebrate with us.
Thank you to all those who have played a part in this ongoing journey.
Thank you in advance for what’s to come.
Happy 35th Anniversary Bennett & Company!