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Founder’s Story: 10 Years in the Bag

It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago this upcoming Labor Day weekend, I gently shook my very 10 month pregnant wife awake in the middle of the night and told her that I was quitting my job and starting my own company. She murmured “that’s nice honey” and went back to sleep. Much to our surprise, here I am 10 years later, running exactly what it was that I said I was going to do!

There were many reasons I wanted to start Brown Bag Marketing back then, but one goal was clear – I wanted to work at a place where I would personally enjoy the people and work environment. I had many different jobs up to that point and all of them, for the most part, had something good about them. So, I tried to take the good I had experienced and place that into developing my own organization. I surrounded myself with smart, fun and curious people – and exceeded my original goal and expectations.

Ten years ago I never dreamed I would have a full development team on staff, process hundreds of thousands of rebates and rewards and run highly integrated social media programs. I was lucky enough to always stay flexible and be ready to change and adopt as needed. And of course, the outstanding baggers in my agency make it all happen. So I hope you’ll join me and these fine folks in celebrating our October anniversary over the following months. Join often and bring your friends, because we’ll have a fantastic line-up of good times focused on our favorite topics: charity, beer, food, winning, and of course, celebrating!

Building my own agency has not always been fun, and it’s certainly never been easy, but it’s always been an adventure. One that I would do over and over again if given the chance. It’s like having a newborn all over again you have to rely on others, you don’t sleep much and you cry a lot.

And by the way, that unborn baby is now a 10 year old 4th grader who, like Brown Bag Marketing, has grown much faster and bigger than anyone ever expected. It will be fascinating to see where the next 10 years takes both child and company. stay tuned.

Happy Anniversary to us all!

Douglas H. Brown

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16 thoughts on “Founder’s Story: 10 Years in the Bag

  1. Congratulations, Doug, on a decade of success. This is a good story that you and all the brown baggers should be proud of. In my observation, it’s the fun that stands out.

  2. Congrats Doug! I feel fortunate to have gotten know you and the rest of the Brown Bag team. As a client, I couldn’t ask for a more collaborative, innovator partner. I can’t wait to celebrate with you and the team, but with wine of course!!

  3. Congratulations Doug and the entire Brown Bag team! It has been so much fun watching Brown Bag grow and change over the years. You have an amazing team and I thank you for allowing me to partner with ya’ll over the years…. Now the big question is……WHEN IS THE BASH !!!! Can’t wait to celebrate all of Brown Bag Marketings amazing accomplishments! Congrats!

  4. Congrats to Doug and all the Baggers! I love seeing people achieve their goals and much more — you guys deserve all the success you are enjoying! I can say I knew you when… :-)

  5. Doug: Congrats! I appreciate your entrepreneurship and the creative partnership with your team over the last 100 years… I mean 10 years. It will be a great book one day to compare your son’s growth and maturity in parallel to that of the BB organization. Be well. – Scott

  6. Doug. This explains why I have seen you behave like a 10-year old. Seriously, congrats on the anniversary and for being astute enough to surround yourself with smart people who love what they do and are wonderful to work with.

  7. Great post, Doug. I would love to read a follow-up post on how you see your
    business evolving over the next 10 years. It would be interesting to pull up those projections when you hit your next big anniversary in 2022.

  8. Woo hoo DHB!! So proud of you and The Bag and honored to have been a part of it. Looking forward to celebrating w/ y’all soon and keeping up w/ the 10 year shenanigans!

  9. wow. 10 years. i would say it’s hard to believe, but knowing you, it’s very believable. i always knew you’d make bbm a huge success – a success that you, and your lovely wife and two kids, can be proud of. congratulations friend. :)

  10. Congrats Doug and the Brown Bag team. Actually, in dog years, your agency is 70 years old. But, you guys still look good. Keep up the good work.

  11. Congratulations Doug and all my favorite peeps at Brown Bag – hope your next ten years are even better than the last ten! I get misty every time I hear AC/DC thanks to you guys.

  12. Hey Doug! Congratulations to you! I knew you when!! Clearly you and Brownbag are doing well and I hope your family is too! Would love to catch up!!

  13. Congratulations Douger & company! You have a lot to be proud of. I’ll be toasting a beer to you from the West coast. Best of luck to you in the next ten years.

  14. Congratulations on a fantastic decade of accomplishment and building a Brown Bag family. Looking forward to seeing what you guys do this next decade. :)

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