Altaf Shaikh | October 30, 2015
I had the opportunity to attend the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala in Orlando, FL last week. ListEngage has been ranked among the top 5000 fastest-growing privately owned companies in America this year, so I was invited to the conference to network with other entrepreneurs who were also receiving the recognition. It was a fantastic event and I had a chance to meet some great CEOs and hear some stories of grit and determination and how they made it to this prestigious list.
This was certainly an affair to remember and a very rewarding experience, and I am humbled to have been able to represent ListEngage and receive the recognition on the company’s behalf.
But, I have one regret, I wish I could have taken my entire team of ListEngagers with me. Awards like this often recognize the CEOs and Founders and, yes, I have given it all I have and more over the last decade or so, but the real heroes are the dedicated, talented and hardworking team members at ListEngage who have tirelessly worked alongside me over the years to build ListEngage with a smile.
So, I would like to say to my staff that I am proud and humbled that we have made the Inc. 5000 list together, and I received this award on behalf of the most amazing team a CEO can ask for. Team ListEngage, you ROCK!! What a fantastic journey we’ve been on! This award is a result of your relentless and phenomenal effort helping clients deliver great results on the Salesforce Marketing Cloud over the past 10 years. I assure you that ListEngage will always be a company in which you can develop and grow your talents and interests, where you will be heard, valued and supported, and I will always have your best interests at heart.
And, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my family and the families of my staff for the sacrifices they make. I know there are times when travel and late hours mean you don’t have as much time with your loved ones who work for ListEngage, so thank you for your support, as well.
We have some demanding but great customers who are on the cutting edge of their digital marketing initiatives and expect us to deliver higher ROI on their marketing spend. Thank you to the hundreds of customers who have entrusted their email and mobile marketing initiatives to us over the years. We love working with you and are looking forward to helping you grow your email and mobile marketing endeavors.
I also want to take a moment to thank the team at ExactTarget/Salesforce Marketing Cloud for all your support and love over the last decade or so as we built and delivered on the promise of a strong partnership.
Here’s to the next decade of growth and success! May we continue to take this journey together.
Founder & CEO
Altaf Shaikh is ListEngage’s Founder and CEO. Altaf has been in software development and digital marketing for more than 25 years. He started ListEngage in 2003 to help businesses transform their email and digital marketing. ListEngage has supported the Salesforce Marketing Cloud since 2003 when it was ExactTarget. As a dedicated Salesforce Partner, ListEngage has served 900+ customers and earned multiple awards, such as: 2013 ExactTarget Global Services Award, the Inc. 5000 three consecutive years, and the Boston Business Journal's FAST 50 two years in a row. Contact Altaf at firstname.lastname@example.org.