Every one of us enjoys being recognized for work that breaks through on some level—it’s fulfilling because it demonstrates respect for our achievements and validates us among our peers. To us, a year full of awards is a successful one.
2017 was a record year for awards received by Mills James—for creative achievement; for being a good place to work; for our record of employee ownership; for fostering a healthy work/life environment; and for outstanding community service. Yes, we’re proud of the accolades—but more than that, we’re grateful. We're grateful to our associates for their ability to meet our clients' unique needs with exceptional results. And, we’re grateful for clients who give us opportunities to innovate and push creative boundaries. That’s a huge consideration that we don’t take for granted.
Decades ago, when Ken Mills and Cameron James started the company, they had to make a big decision about their business philosophy. They could just do what their clients asked them to and essentially be media production order-takers like many other firms. Or they could do what their hearts told them to do: make honest recommendations based on their years of experience and work collaboratively with clients for better outcomes. Fortunately, trust won over order-taking and clients kept coming back for more. They still do. That level of client confidence is what spawns award-winning videos, events and creative projects.
Clients bring us other opportunities, too. Like encouraging us to support charitable causes that are important to them. Which is why, over the years, we’ve donated millions worth of in-kind production services to help nonprofit organizations tell their stories. That mission of philanthropy was recognized most recently with a Community Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, which puts us in the same ranks as some of the region’s largest, best-known corporations.
So here’s a heartfelt thank you to our clients and our associates for bringing out the best in us.
Here are the awards and recognitions Mills James received in 2017:
- Achievement in Marketing Awards – six awards for three projects
- Telly Awards – four awards for creative video projects
- Healthy Worksite Award by the Healthy Ohio Business Council
- Ohio Employee Ownership Award recognizing 10 years as an employee-owned company
- Best Workplaces in Ohio by Ohio Business Magazine
- Best Audiovisual Production Company by Columbus CEO Magazine
- Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service by Smart Business Columbus - awards ceremony 1/25/18