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“OK, let’s knock this out. I have 8 minutes before my next call.”

Carin isn’t talking about revisions to a press release or a status update on a client. She’s referring to a shuffleboard game. The shuffleboard semi-finals, to be exact.

Shuffleboard has become a part of daily life at CanaleComm’s Mission Hills office since the table arrived in one huge box in July, begging to be immediately assembled and waxed. After months of practice, the first official office tournament kicked off in October. Teams were randomly selected, scoring rules were clarified and coins were flipped.

In the end, team of Jason Spark and Cammy Duong (a.k.a. Team Jammy) prevailed. The grand prize: $100 worth of tacos and margaritas—hopefully to be shared with the losers. The next tournament is scheduled for the end of the year. And until then, our intense daily training regimen will continue.

Every year, the whole CanaleComm family comes together to celebrate our work at the Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Awards in San Diego. This is essentially the Oscars of the public relations industry; it’s our chance to revel in some of the year’s big successes—projects that we poured our hearts and souls into, and that paid off big for our clients.

In the bustle of our busy days and weeks, it’s easy to jump right into the next big project. So we’re grateful that the Bernays Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate our wins and reflect on what made certain projects objectively successful. (All of this reveling and reflecting is facilitated by really good champagne, courtesy of a boss with discerning tastes).

At the 2015 Bernays ceremony, held at the picturesque Prado at Balboa Park, CanaleComm brought home awards for our work with several clients: Edico Genome, Naurex (acquired by Allergan) and Neilsen BioSciences. Our work was honored in the areas of media relations, investor relations and reputation management.

Congrats to all of our team members who contributed to the award-winning client work, and a special thank you to our inspiring clients, who made this great work possible.

Alright already, we hear the music—we’ll get off the stage now!