Vice Presidential Lemonade Stand

1 Feb

At approximately 10:06am this morning, CEO Dan Behm burst into a marketing meeting with an important announcement. The Vice President of the United States of America was on his way to give a congratulatory speech on the factory floor of our neighbor, American Seating. He would be passing the OST office in Grand Rapids in 24 minutes and Dan was on a mission:

“You guys, we’ve got to get the Vice President to come try some of our cookies.”

To a company unaccustomed to pressure, this executive order might have been unfathomable. Yet OST prides itself on being innovative, meeting tough deadlines, and yes, even being a little bit quirky. Within mere seconds we had developed a plan to lure in Mr. Biden. With no time for cookies, we reverted to a classical favorite; we made a lemonade stand for the Vice President.

The presidential entourage was due in 15 minutes. And the OST troops rallied to meet it.

Alyson Sack and the Sign




Marketing Coordinator Alyson Sack drew out the sign.





Lemonade Stand Set-up



President Dan Behm brought out some comfy chairs



Waiting for the VP to come

Sales Support Specialist Sara and Alyson sat in them


And Administrative Assistant Lisa Meyers made sure no one got arrested.

A few minutes after we finished setting up, the VP’s entourage of police cruisers and black SUVs rolled down Seward Ave. Unfortunately, Mr. Biden did not stop. But we understood his reasons: he was on a tight schedule, the Secret Service was doing a good job and OST has some Republican employees.

Still, when life gives you lemons, sometimes you can still make the local news.

One Response to “Vice Presidential Lemonade Stand”

  1. Michael Yoder February 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    You guys are crazy. I love it! 🙂

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