IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!!!
In a jungle themed ceremony last Thursday, Riverside Payments swung vine to vine all the way to a second place win.
Portland Business Journal's 100 Fastest Growing Businesses is a highly esteemed and sought after award where businesses from Oregon and Southwest Washington are recognized for their 2-year growth percentage and honored at the sold out event.
From the moment one entered the scene at the Portland Convention Center, the jungle theme called out with slithering snakes and slimy gators lurking among the trees.
Greeters welcomed us to the jungle with name tags and native necklaces, and upon entry guests were encouraged to...
But you know what they say, No Risk, No Reward, and the rewards were bountiful. A mix of tropical drinks aligned the open bar, otherwise known as the watering station, while petite hors d' oeuvres of caprese and beet salads were elegantly displayed on glass shelves, with chafers of spinach dip, meatballs, and chicken skewers on the buffet, and house chefs on site preparing fajita style tacos.
A DJ kept the spirit of the jungle alive with upbeat tunes during cocktail hour, followed by Native dancers taking the stage to commence the ceremony that would countdown the 100 fastest growing businesses in the region.
"Knowing our growth percentage, we were confident we would be way up there on the list, but no one knew their position in the rankings until they called your name, which made it even more exciting." ~Jason Reese, CFO and Co-Founder
A margin of mere 50% separated 1st & 2nd place with Riverside's 2-year growth at 1469.9%, and Cart Logic edging out the competition at 1519.9%.
"Naturally we were hoping for 1st place. It's part of our culture to set the bar high, which brought us here tonight. Then when 3rd place was called and it wasn't Riverside, we were super excited to see who would be called next and determine our fate. I'm not going to lie...there was a moment of disappointment when you get that close, but we are extremely grateful and proud of our accomplishment." ~Brandon Skinner, CEO and Co-Founder
It's been a whirlwind year for Riverside, receiving many top awards including First Place in Vancouver Business Journal's Fastest Growing for our category, and our own Jason Reese taking Portland Business Journal's CFO of the Year for small private company, and Brandon Skinner earning a seat on the board of Susan G. Komen.
"We have a lot to be thankful for and this award is no exception. We're thrilled for the future of Riverside where we have carved out a path to continue our amazing growth pattern in the coming years." ~Skinner
Attending the event was Brandon Skinner-CEO and fiance Lana Stone, Jason Reese-CFO, Jeremy Shroyer-VP of Sales, Jared Crouch-VP of Operations, Amie Sanders and Adam Harden-National Sales Managers, Cyndee Mady-National PR Sales Director, and Andrew Asato-CEO of Susan G. Komen