Metis closes year with industry awards, employee lays claim to British castle
December 17, 2019
 

Is there a better way to close out the year than by taking home a couple of coveted marketing and public relations (PR) honors? Perhaps. When a co-worker suddenly announces their regal lineage and makes tenuous claims to a British castle, you know you’re finishing big. 

First, the awards.

For the third year in a row, Metis was named to the Chief Marketer 200 (CM200), a list of the top 200 brand engagement and activation agencies in the U.S. The CM200 helps marketers find “the right partners for killer campaigns.” Editors select winners based on testimonials, work quality, case studies, creative and more. Recipients “represent the crème de la crème of the marketing industry.”

Metis was also named one of the Best PR Firms in Boston by Expertise. They ought to know - the company’s research “identifies the top service professionals in over 200 different industries.” Expertise trained its eye on more than 160 PR firms throughout Greater Boston, selecting 18 as the best based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism.

We’re a lucky team in that we work with great people and companies on a daily basis. We’re proud of the work we do. Recognition like this only makes it easier to get to know other potential companies we can help. 

Now, about that family crest. 

As a remote-first agency, the Metis team learned of the awards during our weekly scrum. Towards the end of the meeting, one observant employee noticed a new plaque hanging behind teammate, JaeMi Pennington. Asked about the addition, Pennington explained it was his family crest, and proceeded to reveal a possible royal bloodline and claim to Muncaster Castle in the U.K. 

Records suggest this has been the ancestral home of Penningtons as far back as 1026. In fact, it’s said that Sir John Pennington gave shelter to Henry VI at Muncaster after the Battle of Hexham in 1464. Legend has it the King left behind his drinking bowl in gratitude.

Not only is the bowl still intact, castle rooms can be rented for overnight stays.

Pennington admits further proof may be required before he can assume control of the historic property. Already, his research has deciphered a Latin motto underscoring the family crest, which appears to translate into “Check out is at 10:00 a.m.”

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