After another year of incredible growth, the Vertiba team headed to Moab, Utah for our annual retreat. We stayed in the heart of Moab, surrounded by a stunning landscape of red rock formations. The entire team came in from California, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Oregon and Colorado to enjoy some adventure and work a little, but mostly to hang out together.
We kicked off the weekend with a sunset happy hour where we enjoyed face time with employees that we normally only see on Join.me or Google hangouts. To see everyone’s faces in person was absolutely priceless and the team enjoyed cocktails and conversations! Afterwards, we enjoyed an awesome dinner at the Peace Tree Café on Main Street where each team member stood up, introduced themselves and shared their experiences with the company thus far. We had 3 new hires who just started with the company that very day and it was great to fully immerse them into the team and the Vertiba culture.
Jim and Ted, the founding partners of Vertiba, took the opportunity to express how much they value the hard work, skills, and creative approach that Vertiba employees invest in each and every project. As a Gold Salesforce.com Partner, Vertiba is in the business of helping customers get real value from their systems and our ability to successfully deliver is based on the strength of our team. To close out dinner, Jim’s debuted his original rap song of “Dreamforce Baby”. He had the entire team rolling in laughter and singing it for the rest of the weekend!
Post dinner activities included a campfire and yes, to complete the whole wild-west theme, there was guitar playing and singing. We discovered a few things on Friday night. Taylor Lund can sing, really sing. He impressed with his rendition of “Sweet Home Vertiba”. We also learned how a few beers makes everyone sound pretty good.
Saturday morning we got an early start and dove into a session designed to help foster a “Culture of Inquiry” which is fundamental to the success of any Salesforce.com project; no matter what the size. After lunch we each participated in our choice of small breakout sessions for support in different areas of the business.
The fun really started on Saturday afternoon when we headed outside to enjoy the terrain. Moab is where adventure seekers go to get off the beaten track on bikes, horseback, jeeps, and on foot. There were, however, a few people opted for a less aggressive adventure and took off to hit the links at the local golf course. The rest of us jumped into more daring pursuits that involved moving fast over uneven terrain. The group that went off-roading with Alana behind the wheel learned that she is fearless. Two groups of mountain bikers ferociously voyaged through the slickrock of moab as Ted struggled to keep up.
Saturday evening we reconvened for dinner to share stories and compare bruises after our afternoon adventures.
Sunday morning the entire group headed out to complete a spectacular hike to Delicate Arch. We wrapped the weekend on Sunday afternoon and while we sorry to leave, we felt excited and appreciative of our team, our leaders and the culture of collaboration that we enjoy at Vertiba every day!