I remember very vividly the first time I walked through the doors of Dogwood Media Solutions. I was a soon-to-be college graduate and newlywed, searching for a new job in a new city. A mutual friend of Brian graciously mentioned my name to him in hopes that the Dogwood team would be willing to give me some career advice. What I thought was a one-on-one meeting with the owner of the company turned out to be me in a room of all 5 of the Dogwood staff asking questions and being asked questions. It was intimidating, but I quickly knew it was exactly where I wanted to start my career.
Fast forward almost 2 years. I have now seen Dogwood grow from that 5 person team to now a team of 13! What started out as a part-time job until I graduated college turned into the best first full-time job with the best possible team that could exist. I am forever grateful.
In an unexpected turn of events, my time at Dogwood is coming to an end. I have accepted a new position with ALFA as a Meeting Planner. While I am incredibly excited about this new opportunity in my career, I am equally as sad to be leaving behind my Dogwood family and my clients.
Dogwood, while extremely talented in its ability to create successful websites, marketing, and social media plans, truly is so much more than just its services. Dogwood is made up of a group of people that care deeply about their work and each person that walks through the front door of the office. They are concerned first with caring for the person and then attending to the work at hand. They do nothing half-heartedly, putting their best foot forward in every project that crosses their desks, even if that requires long hours and stressful weeks.
When my husband and I first got married and moved to Montgomery, we knew very few people. My coworkers and bosses were my first friends in this city. When we were searching for a new church, a new home, new hair salons, and even new doctors – they were the ones we looked to for advice and direction. They went beyond just being my coworkers during work hours, but the ones I knew that I could call no matter what we needed and no matter what time of day it was.
My first few weeks working with Dogwood were interesting. I am a naturally shy person and I had no idea that the office I was walking into was chock-full of loud people that already knew each other very well. It’s funny to hear my earliest coworkers joke about it now – they weren’t sure I would ever say a word! Eventually, I broke. It wasn’t long before I realized that Dogwood was a safe place for me to be myself, to express my opinions, to ask questions, and to grow in both my interpersonal and professional skills. If you need help coming out of your shell, just have Matt Wheeler sitting 2 feet from you. It won’t take long! I have laughed till I cried in this office, literally cried in this office, and had more deep, heartfelt conversations in this office that I will forever cherish.
Now, as I think back over my time spent at Dogwood, I see so much growth. While I hope that I have grown in my professional skills, I am sure that I am leaving this place a better person than when I first started. I feel confident walking into this new job, confidence that I did not have coming into Dogwood. That is due to the people of Dogwood and their intentional effort in pouring into me both as a person and as a professional. They have shown me and taught me how to be grace-filled, passion-driven, and love-motivated.
I realize that the place I’ve spent the last almost 2 years of my working career is different than most. I expect that it will be hard to ever find another workplace exactly like this one. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been days of frustration and stress in this job, even with my other coworkers. We are human and when you put a bunch of humans into one big open room and task them with working together, you’re bound to get some personality clashes. However, these aren’t the type of people to let those conflicts sit. They have taught me the importance of caring enough about another person to deal with the differences head-on and come back together to work alongside each other even better.
If you’re searching for a digital marketing agency to get you in and get you out and call it quits, Dogwood might not be the right fit. If you’re looking for a place that will care about your company, your staff, and your needs then Dogwood is exactly where you need to turn to for your digital marketing help. Beyond their caring nature, they are incredibly talented. I have learned an incredible amount about websites, social media marketing, email marketing, digital advertising, and more. However, I am leaving knowing that there is SO much more to learn. The leadership at Dogwood works hard to be the best in the business. They are constantly seeking to learn more and work harder than everybody else to be able to present to clients only the best work. That drive trickles down into each layer of this company and to every employee. I have learned the importance of work ethic, problem-solving, and time management from watching their way of work.
It is with an array of emotions that I am leaving Dogwood. I am sure that I am walking into this new position a better worker and better overall person because of how the Dogwood team has poured into my life. It has been a place that I will always be thankful for the opportunity to work at, and one that I will never quite let go of. These people are unlike most – they love their work, they love each other, they love the Lord and they love serving their community.
I can’t wait to see the way this company grows and all that it will accomplish in the years to come. I’m blessed to have been around for at least a small part of that.
Emily Jones… Signing Out.