At 2313 Inc. we believe that hard work should pay off — and boy did it pay off for some of the top performers in our organization who just came back from the trip of a lifetime!
It all started in August of last year when we committed to some pretty huge goals. Not only did we set out to double our sales revenue, but we wanted to open 9 new offices within a 10 month period. We knew this would be no easy task, but our ambitious squad was up for the challenge.
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2313 Inc.’s CEO decided that if we hit both of these audacious goals, he would deliver the ultimate 10X experience — a trip to Russia to see the World Cup. Seven people would be invited to travel across the world for an event that most people only dream of attending.
Sure enough, exactly one week before the trip, we hit our goals… talk about calling your shots!
Lupe, Corey, Benny, Juan, Azeem, Gina, and Mariela, the lucky winners, weren’t simply lucky, of course. As with everything at 2313 Inc., this reward was merit-based. Each person who got to attend the trip was the number one producer in categories such as revenue, organizational growth, and recruiting.
With much anticipation, when June 12th rolled around, it was finally time to embark. Everyone met in New York and flew from JFK to London. Excitingly, during their layover, they ran into the world famous coach of the Mexican soccer team!
An overnight flight landed them in Moscow early in the morning local time, and despite the travel delirium, they rallied together to start exploring that afternoon. Ken, 2313 Inc.’s president reflected on the initial culture shock, “It’s wild to be driving down the road and have no clue what any of the signs say.” Indeed, the language barrier was quite the experience in itself! Thanks to Google Translate, they managed to communicate and barter with the cab drivers to get where they needed to go.
Feeding off the incredible energy of all the fans in the Red Square, they kicked off their trip with some site-seeing, shopping, local cuisine, and of course, some soccer! They caught the Spain vs. Portugal game and several others at a local pub, where half-awake yet incredibly excited, they spent most of the evening. They ended their first night at Fan Fest, a gathering where many thousands of fans were watching the games on large screens, and listened to Vladamir Putin announce Russia’s first game.
The first half of the following day, the group enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation. Later, they did some site-seeing and found themselves back in the Red Square to take in the day’s two remaining games.
Juan reflected, “Moscow is a great city — clean, lots of nice people, cool architecture… we got to meet people from all over the world… it was just an all around great experience.”
Saturday, day 3, the group headed down to the stadium bright and early to watch Argentina play Iceland. They had great seats and the atmosphere was electric. The highlight, of course, was watching one of the greatest players of all time in action, Lionel Messi. The game was unexpectedly tied after Messi missed a penalty kick. Afterwards, the group went out for burgers and spent the remainder of the evening in the heart of the Red Square.
Sunday was another epic day. Ken took Juan and Lupe, both diehard soccer fans of Mexican heritage, to see the big Mexico vs. Germany game. Mexico ended up upsetting Germany 1-0, one of the biggest victories in the team’s history. So needless to say, all of this was incredibly exciting. Sunday evening, the full squad reunited and celebrated the win together.
After all the festivities, the fifth day was fairly low-key. The group spent Monday doing some souvenir shopping and site-seeing. They watched the games at a few local spots and had fun interacting with people from all across the globe.
Ken, a former soccer player himself, shared, “Throughout the trip I was struck by the passion that people have for soccer throughout the world.”
Tuesday was their last day — and the group squeezed out every last drop of it. They watched Senegal play Poland and had a blast checking out all the popular Moscow spots.
“This whole week was incredible. Most of all, I loved that I was able to share this experience with some of my best buddies in the business,” said the president of 2313 Inc.
And that about sums up the company culture we strive for at 2313 Inc. — be passionate, build relationships, work hard, have fun. Be sure to keep up with our blog for our latest adventures and useful career tips.