Growing Stronger TOGETHER

Finding Inspiration in the Kansas Flint Hills

For three days in late Summer, we are going to hit the road and head west to the wide open windswept prairie. Our mission will be to come together as a team, strategize, establish goals, brainstorm big picture concepts, deepen our relationships with one another, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. We will be doing all this in a very unique and inspirational setting — the Kansas Flint Hills. There’s something special about the rolling tallgrass prairie that calls to me and rejuvenates my spirit. I’m hoping it will do the same for all of you. The past year has been so challenging, and the pandemic has made us all stir crazy in a very major way. So I want to give us something we all can look forward to. Something that will bring us closer together. I hope you are as excited as I am for this event.

What To Expect:

  • Mid-Year Plan Review

  • Strategic Planning

  • Defining Our Mission

  • Setting New Goals

  • Brainstorming

  • Sharing Experiences

  • Deepening Relationships

  • Team Building Activities

  • Recharging Our Creative Batteries

Marketing Diagram


Focus on Our Mission, Strategy & Impact

As you all know, our team is an extremely high-performing group of talented individuals. That’s why we hired you! But it’s more of a testament to your commitment to your craft. We can accomplish so much more when we are all working together. The goal for this retreat is to break away from the production routine for a few days, put our collective heads together, and focus on where we want to go as a marketing department— and how we can get there! We will be looking at the big picture. How we can enhance, influence and advance our business. How we can grow, evolve and (as our company President says) “Be Greater”. This is our opportunity to escape the office, refocus, recharge, and retool as a team. So come armed with ideas and be ready to share. It’s going to be a great experience!


Work Hard. Play Harder.

We are going to pack a lot into our 3 days together. First and foremost we will be taking stock of the department objectives we established in January and evaluating our progress at the mid-year point. We will then create a six month strategy to hit our targets by year end. And the beauty of this retreat is that we can free our minds to tackle challenges in non-conventional ways. Not only will we share roundtable discussions in the conference center, there will be other opportunities to collaborate. Brainstorming sessions while relaxing by the pool, team building activities such as hiking or canoeing, and group meals where we can all flex our culinary prowess. This retreat is about coming together as a team, building a deeper trust with each other, and sharing our individual perspectives and experiences. We work for a great company and our team is really something that is quite special. This year will be an opportunity for us to collectively take a big leap forward in how marketing can impact our business and become a more valued solution provider.


Focus on our list of highest priority initiatives

  • Re-Branding Marketing’s reputation to be a valued partner
  • Top 25 Client Business Expansion
  • Promotion of New and Expanding Products and Services
  • Self-Service Tool Research, Development & Rollout
  • Strengthening ISS & Interior Innovation Groups and Business Development connections

View Complete List of Initiatives


Day 1

  • 8:00 AM: Depart CL&D for Manhattan
  • 10:00 AM: ArriveinManhattan
  • 11:30 AM: Lunch in Aggieville
  • 1:00 PM: Check-in at Prairiewood Retreat House
  • 2:00 PM: Kick-off Strategy Discussion:
    • 2021 Plan Review
    • Organizational Changes
    • How do we finish 2021 strong?
  • 4:30 PM: Happy Hour Decompress
    • Samplings from Scott’s Wine Cellar
  • 5:30 PM: Dinner
    • Andrew’s Pizza Kitchen
  • 7:30 PM: Team Building
    • Game Room / Pool

Day 2

  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast & Coffee
  • 9:00 AM: The Preserve
    • Hiking / Canoeing
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch:
    • Team Tacos
  • 1:00 PM: Day 2 Strategy Session:
    • 5-Year Marketing Plan
  • 4:00 PM: Poolside Team Builder
  • 5:30 PM: Dinner: Group Grilling
    • Dogs / Brats / Burgers / Kabobs
  • 7:00 PM: Evening Brainstorming Session
    • Open topic discussion with your favorite drink
  • 8:30 PM: Sunset Team Celebration
    • Surprise!

Day 3

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast & Coffee
  • 8:00 AM: Wrap-up Discussion:
    • What did you get from this experience?
  • 9:30 AM: Pack picnic lunches for the road
    • Sammiches & Chips
  • 10:00 AM: Check-out and depart Prairiewood
  • 10:30 AM: Morning Activity:
  • 12:00 PM: Picnic Lunch
  • 2:00 PM: Wine Tasting and Exploring the Vineyard at Prairie Fire Winery
  • 3:00 PM: Depart for CL&D

We Are Trailblazers


We do not embrace a herd mentality, but we have strength in numbers. We are driven by a shared sense of purpose. Status quo is not an option, and we never look back. We launch ourselves ever forward. We are fearless innovators, tireless solution facilitators, and masters of creativity, influence, and inspiration.

We are the fortunate few who have landed in this place of unique opportunity. With the freedom to express our natural and gifted talents for a common goal. As individuals we are rock stars. But as a team we are an unstoppable force that can rise to any challenge. However, we were not always as strong as we are today. We got here by working together, sharing our collective experiences, and building trust. Collaboration doesn’t just happen. There first has to be trust and respect. This is where we must continue to focus.

Collaboration will be a major theme for our team in 2021. We will continue to break down silos and join forces to tackle new initiatives — stretch our collaborative skills — and achieve greater success.



Spirited. Resilient. Visionary. Perceptive. Determined. Fearless.


“Big Kahuna”


“Coach Einstein”


“The Branding Contessa”


“Captain Wildcat”


“Salvador MacGyver”


“Baby Tarantino”


“The Secret Spice”


Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve

Prairiewood is nestled in the native tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills, just a mile west of Manhattan, Kansas. The incomparable beauty of the surrounding prairie countryside makes Prairiewood the region’s premier destination for luxury accommodations. Our stay at the Retreat House includes first class training and entertainment amenities.



  • 500+ Acres of Tallgrass Prairie
  • Over 6 Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Meeting room featuring full A/V

  • 4 bedrooms with private bath
  • 6 luxury inflatable beds
  • Kayaking, canoeing and fishing

  • 60″ TV with theater sound
  • Professional kitchen
  • Whole-house audio system

  • Swimming pool and hot tub
  • Grand piano with auto player
  • Game room w/pool and foosball

SHARE Your Thoughts

Help make our time more productive

We will be strategizing around some big picture topics at this retreat. Seeing how each of us view our mission and the challenges we face as a marketing team can show us where we share common visions and where we may have differing ideas. This diversity of thought is what can make us stronger and help us grow as a team. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.

Prepare To Be Inspired

The 2021 PCG Marketing Team Retreat