From our bookshelves

Sara Schmuck is the Managing Editor of Client Publications for Ellenbecker Communications.

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”   Oscar Wilde

Maybe you can tell something about people by what they are reading. Even if you can’t, isn’t it fun to see what others choose to put on their e-readers or bookshelves? As this year ends, we share a list of titles that got Ellcom employees reading –books that shaped thoughts, educated, entertained or sometimes just put us to sleep at night. In no particular order:

Agincourt by Bernard Cromwell

Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

Motor City Blue by Loren D. Estelman

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Jimmy the Kid by Donald Westlake

The Rise of Rome: the Making of the World’s Greatest Empire by Anthony Everitt

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

On Writing Well, William Zinsser

Brimstone, Robert B. Parker

A Practitioners Guide to Public Relations Research, Measurement and Evaluation by Don Stacks

The Bridal Quartet series by Nora Roberts

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Advertising Research Handbook by Charles E. Young and Patricia D. King

The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Twelve Caesars, Suetonius

Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Societies, by Jared Diamond

Breaking out of Beginner’s Spanish, Joseph J. Keenan

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell Patrick Robinson

The Black Hills by Nora Roberts

The Mongoliad Series by Neal Stephenson and others

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Bloom by Kelle Hampton

Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

While I was Gone by Sue Miller

Guns, Sails and Empires—Technological Innovation and the Early Phases of European Expansion 1400-1700 by Carlo M. Cipolla

Behind the scenes at Ellcom

Conference RoomIn our first blog post we shared a couple of photos of our new building—the downstairs kitchen and lounge area. In this post we’re finally moving on to the upstairs offices.

The first photo shows Scott leading a project meeting in our second floor conference room. Looks like a fairly complicated project, because it includes representatives from most of the agency’s workgroups!

Scott's Office

The second photo is a nice shot of Scott’s office. To the left are windows through which a visitor could see the vineyard and the horse pasture, and the window to the right overlooks the koi pond—one of the few in rural Minnesota, we are told.

We’ll try to get photos of the rest of the office areas in the next few weeks—Diane’s office, the tradeshow area, Matt and Liz’s workgroup area, Joe’s outpost, Laura’s corner, and all the rest.







Welcome to the Ellcom Grapevine

Ellcom Building

Welcome to the inaugural post to the new Ellcom Grapevine blog! We’ve been putting the final touches on a lot of things lately—a new building, a new website, and we’re even adding new members to the Ellcom team. We hope that this blog will make it easier for our clients and other friends to keep track of what we’re up to.

“Grapevine” is more than a reference to the informal spreading of news. Most of you know that Scott and Jenny also own a vineyard, which some of us can see from our office windows. And in honor of that vineyard, and the wine we all look forward to sampling with you one day, we decided to christen this blog the Ellcom Grapevine.

Office Kitchen

Office LoungeWe’ve promised a number of you photos of our new offices because they are, to borrow a terribly overused word, awesome. (Especially if you’ve seen our previous offices!) We won’t burden you with too many photos right now, but we did want to show off our reception and lounge areas.

The first photo shows the kitchen area, which you’ll see on your left as you come in the front door. In this particular shot, you see our graphic artist, Laura, on one of her infrequent breaks. The second photo shows Danielle relaxing in the lounge area. This lounge/conversation area is to your right as you enter.

Next week, we’ll share some photos of the upstairs where we all work.