Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ship Shape Shipping etc (and more)

We have three containers that are packed to the rafters going out of our warehouse today (one every two hours) and the entire warehouse fulfillment team is working their butts off to get them out.

Meanwhile, several of our event managers are handling a Client Open House for over 100 guests at their new offices. Pre-production for a Non-profit organization's dinner at the Hotel DuPont on Thursday continues as well. Busy, busy... We love it!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

There's No Time to Spare

OK so we're not professional bowlers and if you average all six of us we bowled a spectaular 65 but we had a great time last night at PAMPI's Spring Bowling Event at Philadelphia's Lucky Strike. Participating were from left to right:

Frank "Strike King", Kate "Split Happens", Dana "That's How I Roll", Susan "Spare Me", Antonio "General Stryker", Mary "Un-bowl-lievable"

We also met Vince Papale former Eagle WR #83 who inspired the movie "Invinceable"- nice guy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nashville CVB Visits PFI!

the Nashville CVB just left and wow! talk about traveling with an entourage! not only did they come with a signer/songwriter in tow (who sang TWO songs ... one of which was a hit with Faith Hill!) but they also had about 7 hoteliers with them from various properties in Nashville! WOW!!!

They wrapped it all up with Tennessee T-Cakes and Goo Goo Clusters. YUM!

Nashville, you did a good job! Definitely memorable!

Can't wait to see your new convention center and HQ hotel!

Monday, April 20, 2009


Paparazzi may have caused Madonna to fall off her horse this past weekend in the Hamptons but closer to home, at the Clarion Belle in Wilmington, Delaware, paparazzi were all over the guests at the 2009 WOW Gala for the HIV Consortium with much happier results!

As guests stepped on to the red carpet at the Paint the Town Red-themed event they were treated like the Stars they were while cameras flashed. A special VIP Lounge and LED-lighted custom Artists' Palette tables provided by PFI created a visually eye-popping environment and comfortable seating to enjoy the food, fun and silent auction offered.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Announcing the Launch of PFB on May 12, 2009, at Tom Moore's Tavern in Hamilton Parish. Implementing Event Marketing techniques, PFB will introduce how Event Marketing impacts event design and communications! Our introduction will feature an interactive menu, innovative cockatails and amazing entertainment--hold on! Planning Factory Bermuda is going to be the latest hurricane to hit Bermuda!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

We interrupt this message...

Here is a note I saw on an e-mail from a friend- I love it!

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Depression Response

I love our post about the office and depression. I mean, really, when people hate where they work, it's a challenge just to be human! Forget being a team, man; it can't happen! Isn't this where you spend like a gazillion hours a day??? Why would you work in a place you hate?

I read this some where and it really made an impact: 'People don't leave their jobs--they leave their supervisors.' That's a WOW moment, huh?

Here's another: 'do what you love and the money will come. . .'

That's a wrap from Cher
Three French Reds Under $10!

Try Montirius Le Cadet, blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Cinsault from Southern Rhone; Les Heretiques, made from Carighan grapes from the Languedoe Region of France; and finally, Domaine de Fenouilet, Marcelan--the main grape in this wine; less structured. Drink up!

Or as we Americans might say, "that's a lot of wine for 9 bucks!"

Lack of 'team spirit' at work tied to depression

Lack of 'team spirit' at work tied to depression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Poor team spirit at the workplace may do more than drag down morale, it can make people depressed, according to the findings of a new study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

"As depressive disorders are a major cause of work disability and account for a considerable proportion of the disease burden, more attention should be paid to psychosocial factors at work," lead author Dr. Marjo Sinokki of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Turku told Reuters Health via e-mail.

While investigators have studied how social support and autonomy on the job, as well as job security, affect people's mental and physical health, less is known about how team interaction influences health, Sinokki and her colleagues point out.

To investigate, they looked at "team climate," or the way that people feel about the quality of communication in their work environment, in a nationally representative sample of 3,347 Finnish workers 30 to 64 years old.

People were asked on a five-point scale ranging from "I fully agree" to "I fully disagree" about four possible descriptions for their workplace: "Encouraging and supportive of new ideas," "Prejudiced and conservative," "Nice and easy," and "Quarrelsome and disagreeing."

The World Health Organization (WHO) Composite International Diagnostic Interview was used to assess the subjects' mental health and criteria from the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) were used to diagnosis mental disorders.

The study participants were then divided into three groups based on their test results.

People with a poor work climate, who felt it was highly prejudiced and quarrelsome, were 61 percent more likely to be depressed, the researchers found. These workers were also at greater risk of anxiety. However, once the investigators accounted for how much control people had over their work and the nature of their job demands, this relationship disappeared.

This part of the study couldn't determine whether a bad work environment caused depression or whether depressed people perceived their workplace in a more negative way.

A second part of the study correlated team climate ratings with antidepressant use over the next 3 years. The researchers found subjects with the worst work environment were 53 percent more likely to purchase these drugs.

This provides evidence that a disagreeable work environment can cause depression, Sinokki noted, but she also said more research to examine depression and work environment over time is needed to clarify the relationship.

An unpleasant social environment at work could influence depression risk by increasing job stress, which could in turn affect factors like smoking, alcohol use, or exercise, the researcher noted.

SOURCE: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published online April 9, 2009.

-- I think that this begs the reverse question: Does a pleasent social environment at work make you happier? I know it makes Kate breakout in Tourettes-like song! :P

Comment Query

Recently the PFI team members took an internal poll to see how many followers we have reading the PFI Blog on a regular basis.

In order to determine who has come the closest in this random guessing game (note: conversations like this usually occur between 4pm-5pm - our punchy time!), we're asking our faithful readers to comment (anonymously, if you wish) on this post. If you read our blog regularly, comment and let us know.

The PFI team member who's closest to the number of comments received, will be honored with a "special prize" - details to follow.

Happy commenting!!!

100% Chance of Rain

So I removed the hardtop from my car to reveal the convertible top in preparation for good weather and of course what happened? It rained and is predicted to do so for the next 2 days. At least I didn't take it to the car wash like I planned.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Can summer be far away?

For me it is now officially convertible weather. This past weekend as I do every year in April I removed and stored the hardtop on my 2002 T-Bird so that I am ready for that first great day to ride around with the convertible top down. It will stay that way until October when I will (sadly) complete the process in reverse.


I'm seriously obsessed with PowerPoint presentations.

I'm 100% self-taught.

Today's accomplishment?

Inserting music into the presentation and timing it to the beat!

Yup, that's right, you heard me/read it correctly.

I'm almost a PowerPoint pro!
A sad day here at PFI for all our Phillies fans, and even those who may not be, as a Baseball icon has passed.
Harry Kalas called Phillies games for nearly 40 years spanning the entire era of Veterans Stadium and the opening of Citizens Bank Park. He started announcing Phillies games in 1971. Fittingly the final game he announced was a win Sunday in Colorado.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the recipient of the
Ford C. Frick Award.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm Back...

It's been a few weeks since I've posted on the PFI Blog (I know, I know... I've been bad!). But I'm back and ready to update you on what's been going on...

- First of all, congrats to Liz & Kate for having their CMP applications accepted. That's 1/2 the battle... now you just need to study like crazy in preparation for the July 11, 2009 exam!

- We attended the ISES FRESH! event in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, take a look at some of the photos below:

Here's Kate, Liz & Dana posing as Lasertag Rockstars!

PFI has decided that Rockband is the absolute best!!! I feel like this is going to be the entertainment for this year's annual holiday party!!! Cher's rocking out on bass, Susan on the drums, Liz is strumming the guitar and Kate's with her favorite item ever, a microphone.

Here's a shot of Liz, after being "attacked" by a strolling robot. It was pretty funny, we had to include it!

- PFI partnered with the Hotel DuPont to handle the decor for their monthly FAM. Take a look at a few of the photos below:

Beautiful tablescape!

Beautiful after dinner/show lounge!

Another great shot!

And here's our little Danala posing as our "living table" at the after-party.

More photos to share soon...

Eventfully yours!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We'll aways have Paris (Texas)

Can't get away to "the Continent" for vacation this year? Concerned about the hassles of international travel — limited seat availability, long lines at security, baggage fees, and passport and visa worries? The glamour can dull rather fast. Time to get patriotic and stick closer to home. Travel to all the cities of your dreams right here in the Good Ol' USA:

As a matter of fact you can stay in Ohio and still visit many cities with European names:

Dublin, Versailles, Russia, Athens, Manchester, Lisbon, Toledo, Milan, Seville, and Amsterdam to name a few.

Then there's Moscow, Idaho;  Old Town Florence, Ore. ; Rome, Ga. ; Vienna, Va. ; York, Maine or York, PA ; St. Petersburg, FL; Venice CA.; Athens, GA.; Syracuse, NY; Dover, DE. and of course we'll always have Paris, TX.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Rain Again?

We had a discussion in the office today about rain. Some feel it has been doing nothing but rain here in Delaware and we are just getting into the infamous APRIL SHOWERS! But here's the (real) scoop on rainfall here:

The region has seen one of the driest first three months of the year in 137 years of record keeping. It can turn around with a surge of precipitation in April and May. -According the Delaware River Journal.

Alternate rainy and sunny days are just what is needed for a glorious spring and drought free summer.

So welcome those April Showers (to get the May flowers etc., etc.).

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Greatest Pranks Ever?

Check out this article with a list of the best April Fool's Day Pranks ever ....