The agency had purchased the studio that had been their usual choice for the visual ads. Larry had modernized it and staffed it with the best people available.
Cole saved the shocker for last.
He said "During our meetings hashing out the structural changes and personnel moves Patty Stewart wondered how we got into such a pickle. She did some research and early this morning she told me the shocking news.
"Financially, we are now the largest agency in the city, the largest agency in the state, the largest agency in the south. We are all part of a phenomenon. Thank you."
The cheers of pride were deafening.
Cole walked over to his wife. Tears threatened to run down her cheek. They walked hand in hand through the crowd, thanking each by name. Hugs for the ones that had been there from the beginning. Anthony, a very pregnant Sara, Ryan, Patty, and Larry followed them through the crowd thanking everyone.
The city newspaper ran the photos Larry's team took that day. All of the local TV newscasts ran the video, each saying how the firm had made the city proud.
As they exited the meeting room amid the cheers Cole said to Bobbi, "Looks like we did make something out of this joint after all."