PADT held our 20th anniversary party at our primary offices in Tempe Arizona on April 10th. Despite the record high temperatures, around 400 people stop by to help us celebrate. There was good food, good entertainment, and most importantly, good people.
A highlight of the event is that April 10th was proclaimed PADT day in Tempe! That was an unexpected honor.
The only problem was not enough time to talk with everyone. If you could not make it, no worries. We have several events planned throughout the year.
Here are some images that we captured:
Most of these pictures were taken by Aaron Moncur from PipelineDesign.
Everyone here at PADT is working hard on their day-to-day tasks and getting ready for the 20th Anniversary Party tomorrow night from 5:30-9:00. The refreshments have been procured, ice is on order, and an appointment has been set to go get the cake. In light of tomorrows high temps, we even ordered two coolers to keep everyone comfortable, so “it’s too hot” is no longer a valid excuse.
Tomorrow around noon, all of PADT’s employees will gather together for a special anniversary pictures, attend a company meeting, then set everything up.
All we need now is you!
Even though we have been suffering from construction delays, the new demo & server room is finished enough to show everyone around. In the new room, will be highlighting our CUBE HPC hardware and the new Objet 3D Color Printer in this new facility, along with the scanners and other Additive Manufacturing machines you have all come to know and count on:
Here are some reminders for those that can make it:
Everyone is invited, no need to RSVP. Just come and bring a friend.
If you are social network kind of person, please tag any posts: #padt20
We will have plenty of food and drink
Entertainment will be provided for the young (and young at heart) with a bouncy-house and a magician
We will be featuring music from 1994… but it is an engineering event so don’t expect a lot of dancing.
Come at any time you want. Speeches and door price drawings will be from 6:30-7:00
We will be handing out some swag, first come first serve for t-shirts and slap bracelets.
At 11:06 am on March 7, 1994 a clerk at the Arizona Corporation Commission placed their stamp on stack of paper titled: “Articles of Incorporation of Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc.” and a new company, and a new path in life for many people, was started.
Before that moment it had all been talk and ideas, now it was real. Still working their day jobs, the four founders spent their evenings and weekends trying to figure out how to convince customers to hire them, how to get computers to run ANSYS on, and how to raise money to buy a Stereolithography machine. Friends and Family stepped up and invested their money along with the founder’s savings to fund the crazy idea with an (in hindsight) incredibly long name.
After two decades PADT is now established and thriving, investing in other companies, and expanding into new geographies and businesses. We could not have done it without all of the employees that have worked here through the years, the support of everyone’s family, our software and hardware partners, and of course our very loyal customers.
There were a lot of reasons why we started PADT, and everyone that has joined us through the years has had their own impetus. But, one common purpose motivated us in those early days, and still motivates us today: to create a place where everyone actually wanted to go to in the morning. That motivation will not make any business books, it has not made anyone super rich, nor will it make PADT the darling of Wall Street.
What we can say is that after twenty years of going to work day after day, we can look back and confidently state that it is a motivation that still works today, and still makes for a more rewarding work life than many of our peers have experienced over the same two decades.
We want to thank everyone that has been on this journey with us. Everyone that has allowed us to make a living doing what we like to do, learning new things every day, and spending it with such fantastic people.
We are sampling food from food trucks this week and will be making our choice on the catering soon. This will be a fun and meaningful event for us, and we hope that as many of you as possible will join.
When you have been doing something for 20 years, you sometimes loose track of the impact your efforts have on others. So we came up with the idea that we should ask our customers, employees, vendors, family, friends, etc… to give us their response to the question: “What does PADT Mean to Me?”
We have prepared a very short, and somewhat silly, video explaining the concept:
Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. It does not have to be fancy, we just need to hear you clearly. Please let us know what name you want us to use with your clip and if we can mention your company. We would like to have all submissions by March 14, so that give everyone plenty of time to come up with something fun/creative/meaningful.
We will share the results at our 20th Anniversary party and on YouTube. If we get enough early entries, we will put together a sample video to hopefully inspire others, so don’t wait to get yours submitted.
We will be posting more information on our Anniversary here in this blog. You can find all of them by searching for #padt20.