Relationship One Named Best Place to Work by Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal

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Marketing Consulting Firm Gets Top Scores in Small Company Category

Relationship One has been named one of the Best Places to Work for 2014 by Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal. The award is based on an employee survey conducted by Quantum Workplace, a Nebraska-based research company, and recognizes companies that achieve high scores for work environment, people practices, and day-to-day operations.

Launched by marketing veterans Ron Corbisier and Tim Soulen in 2009, Relationship One credits the key to their success to an intensely collaborative culture where their staff of marketing geeks, data gurus, integration experts and innovative developers team up to solve a vast array of marketing challenges, observes Nick Peterson, performance analytics practice director. “We don’t operate in silos here,” Peterson said. “We’ve hired an incredibly diverse array of talent with very complimentary skills. Together, we leverage that to unravel complex problems and develop innovative solutions.”

“All in all, we’re a bunch of geeks,” said Erin Rowles, marketing director. “Everyone brings their own unique brand of quirkiness to the table.” “We don’t suppress quirkiness, we thrive on it,” adds Peterson.

While passion for technology and hard work permeates the culture, the company’s leaders assiduously cultivate a healthy work-life balance. “Schedules are very flexible and many of us regularly work from home,” said Rowles. “If you’ve got a doctor’s appointment, your niece’s dance recital or your son’s ball game, our flex schedule and comp-time policy lets you take the time off.”

Although they value individual perks, Relationship One launched the R1 Cares Program, an initiative that encourages staff to give back. In 2014, R1 Cares is focused on volunteer opportunities and fundraising efforts to support organizations that assist homeless and hungry Americans. “As a company we’re doing these things because employees have asked for it,” said Peterson. “I think that’s a testament to their individual initiative and personal leadership. Those are the same qualities reflected in their passion for the work and our customers.”

All honorees were recognized at an award ceremony hosted by the publication at the Union Depot in St. Paul on August 14 ( The Business Journal profiles the award-winning workplace in its August print and online edition (

About Relationship One
Relationship One is a revenue performance management consulting firm that enables sales and marketing teams to achieve their demand generation and customer marketing goals. With a staff comprised of experienced and innovative consultants, our passion is inspiring customers to connect and succeed using marketing and sales automation, AppCloud, and performance analytics platforms. For more information, visit us at or follow us on Twitter @relationshipone.

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