Business Wire’s 50 Years of Innovation Timeline Invites Your Comments

by Laura Sturaitis, EVP Media Services & Product Strategy

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we’ve posted a timeline of the past five decades on our homepage at www.businesswire.com

It was a labor of love and almost an archaeological effort to gather the key milestones of our company.  The enormous task was made a bit easier by the fact that many of us have been here a while.   Milestones, trivia and details of some our finest moments combine to make the Business Wire timeline something to make us all proud.

All that’s missing are your comments.   We would love to hear your Business Wire story.  

Simply click on any of the “VIEW” icons and a comment box pops open, ready for your comments and insights.  You can also share the entire experience through your favorite social site. 

Business Wire:  50 years of innovation timeline

Here are some BW memories to get you started, including mine:
Business Wire opened its office in Miami in 1987. I started as the Florida Regional Manager in 1992. Today, I still work in the Florida office with three of the people who were there the day I started. I have so many great memories of the many coworkers, colleagues and clients who I have known throughout the years and am proud to say are my friends. 
 
Business Wire and I both turned 50 this year. I can’t even believe how lucky I am to have spent 20 of those years at BW. Sure, we have both grown and changed, but we both still hold the same fundamental values. I think I can speak for us both when I say we look forward to many, many more productive, interesting and successful years ahead.
 
From Jen Saragosa, Account Manager in Boston…
 
May, 1999: I was hired as an Account Executive in the Boston office and immediately loved advising  companies on their PR and IR strategies. Highlights in my twelve years include meeting original Business Wire owner (and philanthropist) Lorry Lokey and also current owner Warren Buffett.
 
It’s been a thrill to be part of an innovative company that was first to market with SEO, social media, mobile phones and numerous other technologies and tools – all that help PR and IR professionals be more productive and successful. Happy 50th Anniversary Business Wire -here’s to 50 more!
 
From Tom Becktold, Senior Vice President, Marketing in Los Angeles…
May, 1988 – I started @BusinessWire as an editor in the Los Angeles bureau.  I remember watching Kirk Gibson and the Dodgers win it all on the late shift. I honed my typing skills taking press release telephone dictates for breaking news of an off-shore oil rig explosion in the North Sea and experienced the immediacy of Business Wire’s impact by hearing the updates reported on the radio moments after sending the release.

C’mon, don’t be shy.  Let us hear from you today.  If you need more inspiration, check out the Business Wire 50th Anniversary video, too. 

 

2 Responses to Business Wire’s 50 Years of Innovation Timeline Invites Your Comments

  1. Mike Maguire says:

    I started at Business Wire in 1989 and shortly afterwards, an earthquake rocked the San Francisco/Oakland areas. Immediately, the New York newsroom took over for San Francisco and our company did not miss a beat for clients in the city where we were founded. While the business has certainly changed over the years, one thing that has not is the ability of Business Wire to be able to help clients no matter what the situation and at any time of the day. Customer service with good morals/ethics are something I hold in high regard and making sure the client comes back again because of who they are dealing with and our reputation is always a pleasure for me even after two-plus decades!

  2. Travis Van says:

    I remember on more than one occasion getting a call from a Business Wire press release editor who’d caught an embarrassing typo in a release prior to its distribution. In each case, I was grateful at having been saved from a careless error, and also surprised / impressed at how closely it had indeed been proofed.

    I also remember on any occasion I called into Business Wire’s SF office to ask specific questions about a specific distribution circuit, the person I spoke with was always well informed and helpful. From a customer perspective (using Business Wire for 10 years for hundreds of client releases) I consistently had the impression that the employees are exceptionally well- trained and conscientious.

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