Special Honors and Awards Given to Hollywood Actors and Musicians

by Presenta Plaque | on Mar 27, 2015 | No Comments

Since Hollywood actors, actresses and musicians have realized the magnitude of their influence, many of them have dedicated their lives to not only entertaining the public, but educating it and raising awareness for different causes. It wasn’t long before the organizations they represented and worked for began recognizing them as well. Through the past couple decades many Hollywood icons have won numerous awards for their humanitarian efforts and work for charities.

 

1. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Association of the USA for her work with refugees.  The actress/director has won many awards for her work as a humanitarian and contributions to charities and help in raising awareness for them.

 

2. Paul McCartney

The former Beatle was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the White House for his decades of contribution to the music industry and inspiration of genres that proceeded the Beatles era. The award is the highest honor for any musician, whether singer or songwriter. Previous recipients include Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

 

3. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2014. The honor is awarded to individuals who have contributed to national security, world peace, culture or any other significant cause and it is the highest honor a civilian can receive. Previous recipients include Georgia O’Keefe, Maya Angelou, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Henry Ford II.

 

4. Sir Elton John

Elton John was appointed Commander of the British Empire and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, making him Sir Elton John. Sir Elton was awarded this honor for all his contributions to music both in the United States and England and for his support and efforts in raising funds and awareness in the fight against AIDS.

 

5. George Clooney

Clooney has received his fair share of awards for his acting career, but his work as a humanitarian was recognized when he was honored as the fourth ever recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award by the Television Academy Board of Governors. This prestigious honor has been awarded to Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby for their contributions to television and humanitarian work outside of the television and film industry.

 

 

 

Famous Plaques Around the World

by Presenta Plaque | on Mar 17, 2015 | No Comments

Plaques have been used to commemorate people, places and events for centuries. From congratulations to memorials, plaques are a beautiful and permanent way to remember what deserves recognition. Throughout the world there are many great instances of plaques serving as honors and somewhat landmarks where people can come to remember, pay their respects or simply enjoy the little piece of history.

 

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is perhaps one of the most recognized and visited plaque sites. Whether tourists are visiting to take a photo with their favorite Hollywood stars’ plaques or just there for the shops, it’s an iconic place to visit and enjoy with friends and family.

 

London’s Blue Plaques

If you ever get the chance to wander the historic streets of London, make sure you look around for these iconic circular plaques on the outside of buildings. The Royal Society of Arts, the London County Council, the Greater London Council and English Heritage have all worked together to place these plaques outside buildings of historical significance. Looking closely, you might see anything from the home of Alfred Hitchcock to the home in which Wolfgang Mozart composed his first symphony.

 

Resolute Desk Plaque

Resolute Desk or the Presidential Desk is an iconic piece of the White House since it was first given to Rutherford B. Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1880; though it wasn’t always in the Presidential Office. It was Jackie Kennedy who first brought the iconic ship-made wooden desk into the Oval Office for John F. Kennedy and it has since remained there with the exception of a brief period where it traveled with the Kennedy Presidential Library and was displayed in the Smithsonian. The desk features a plaque in the front face which details its fascinating history as the HMS Resolute and later a sign of gratitude from The Queen to President Hayes.

 

The 9/11 Memorial

The September 11th memorial located in what was ground zero is now the location of a beautiful memorial dedicated to the commemoration of everyone who lost their lives during the tragic attack. The memorial located where the World Trade Center was now stands as an enormous 16-acre site with both waterfalls comprising about half of the land area. But perhaps the most captivating component of the memorial is the surrounding bronze plaques with the names of all the victims lost in the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. The design was selected as the winner out of 5,200 entries from around the world.

 

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Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in the Workplace

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 26, 2015 | No Comments

The concept of rewarding is one that has been a big part of learning in the workforce, in the home and in the development process for as long as we can remember. Humans develop a basic need for positive reinforcement at a very young age and it continues to help them learn new skills as they grow into their adolescent years. In their adult years, these forms of motivation can be key for progress in adults. But while it may be easy to give everyone a pat on the back and hope it will motivate them to do a good job, not everyone has the same type of motivation, this is where intrinsic and extrinsic motivation come in.

 

Extrinsic: This is the type of rewarding we associate with younger kids growing up. Extrinsic motivation comes from external influences and factors. Whether that’s a “good job” or an award plaque of some sort, some people are motivated the most by positive reinforcement.

 

Intrinsic: Conversely, intrinsic motivation comes from internal sources such as the rewarding feelings that come from fulfillment and self-actualization. People who are motivated by these are driven by their own aspirations to be better.

 

A large part of deciding how –as a boss, team leader or coworker–you will help push your team, is getting to know what kind of motivation would be most effective for them. The first step is determining who on your team is an intrinsically motivated and who is extrinsically motivated. Once you’ve determined this, you can go on to decide how it’d be best to reward or encourage them. As you may have guessed, there is no one-size-fits-all for making people feel motivated to do better. Both types demand unique reinforcement, this is not to say it’s difficult, but there are small things you can do to help give your team the boost it needs.

 

Rewarding extrinsically motivated people:

 

  1. Verbal praise
  2. Monetary gain (raises if appropriate)
  3. Awards/Plaques & Certificates
  4. Good reviews (if warranted)

5.   Vacation time

 

Rewarding intrinsically motivated people:

 

  1. Verbal praise
  2. More responsibility
  3. More freedom
  4. More opportunities to expand their craft
  5. Leadership opportunities

 

 

Rewarding Customer Loyalty

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments

If you run a business you know you see many faces daily. Some are one-time only customers, others come in every once in a while. But every company has those few customers whose loyalty made them almost part of the team. These are the people you know by name or maybe just by face, but either way, they’re the first to want to know about new products and always the most supportive.

 

Often these familiar faces receive no more than a friendly smile and great customer service from the staff they’ve come to know. But why not reward these customers with more than the usual next time they come in? These are some great ideas for showing your customers how much their loyalty means to you:

 

 

1. Surprise them with a gift card

Next time they come in, process their transaction as usual and hand them a gift card. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s a nice way to say thanks to an un-expecting customer!

 

2. A sincere ‘Thank You’

People underestimate the power of sincere thanks. Day-to-day life for many consists of doing good deeds for others that often go unnoticed. Even if a customer’s only good deed is coming in and shopping quietly at your store for years, they deserve a big thank you for their loyalty.

 

3. Show them they’re a part of the family

After all, what’s a company without a loyal customer base to keep it afloat? Loyal customers are an integral part of a company’s success. They are an important part of the whole that is a company

 

4. Make special deals for regulars

Why not reward those who have helped so much with your success? A sale just for them could be the perfect way to show them you appreciate them. This may work better if you’re a smaller business and you can apply this to individuals as they come by.

 

5. Ask their opinion on store matters

It doesn’t mean they will have a say in any huge company moves, but you can always ask their opinion. Let them know you’d like the feedback of a loyal consumer and someone who is as familiar with the brand as they are. They’ll love that you took them into consideration and who knows, you might get some valuable feedback!

 

6. Give them their own plaque

There’s nothing quite like receiving your very own plaque. A “Customer of the Year” plaque could be the perfect way to show your regular customers just how much you appreciate their loyalty throughout the years.

Award Plaque Company Used to Honor Flagstaff Boy’s Heroic Act

by Presenta Plaque | on Feb 20, 2015 | No Comments

The Flagstaff Fire Department Honored local boy Jaden Shepherd with a Presenta Plaque award plaque, following the rescue of his grandparents.
Phoenix, AZ. – On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Flagstaff Fire Department honored 10 year-old Jaden Shepherd who heroically rescued himself, his grandparents and their two dogs after they fell through thin ice near their home in Flagstaff.
Jaden and his grandparents fell through the ice while trying to rescue their two dogs who had just fallen in. Jaden managed to crawl out and save one dog and he then proceeded to rescue his grandfather who then helped him save Jaden’s grandmother and the other dog.
A Presenta Plaque award plaque was given to Jaden by the FFD and he was later given a tour of the Flagstaff Fire Station and a ride on one of the fire trucks as a special thank you from the fire department.
Extraordinary events like these make Presenta Plaque very proud to be a part of honoring heroes in their communities young and old alike. Events like these don’t happen every day and Presenta Plaque believes acts such as these are the greatest examples of human kindness and bravery and thus should be rewarded as such.
Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are a timeless and elegant token of gratitude for anyone and the ultimate way to show one’s appreciation for any act, big or small. Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.
For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.
About Presenta Plaque:
Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.
We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.
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Media Contact:
Christine Holtz
Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Rewarding Millennials and Future Communities

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 22, 2015 | No Comments

When one thinks of the Millennial Generation, it’s often hard to picture more than what we see at first glance. For many, the tattoos, diverse (sometimes odd) clothing and of course that new electronic extension of their right hand, make it hard to believe that they will be the ones to solve the world’s perils. Many can’t imagine that they will bring anything more to the world other than narcissism, false senses of entitlement and all the more portable selfie sticks.

 

But the Millennial Generation has challenged many of the rules and norms set by the generations that preceded them. Their priorities are different, their values are more aligned with their work and they’ve already begun to transform the companies and communities they are a part of.

 

 

Environmental Awareness: A very important change Millennials have been a driving force in is environmental awareness. While they certainly did not begin this movement, most of them have grown up with the understanding that humans have taken a toll on the earth in terms of the environment. This issue has been of particular concern to them and many are already searching for smarter and more innovative ways to repair these damages.

 

Fulfilling Careers Over Big Salaries: There was a time when the most important thing to most new graduates, or really any members of the work force, was rising in the ranks and claiming their big bonus at the end of the year. While this is still the case for many, money doesn’t necessarily equal success for Millennials and it’s certainly not the ultimate end goal for them.  Millennials are more and more seeking out careers that are personally satisfying to them and not necessarily just financially rewarding.

 

Innovation: Amongst Millennials, the “work smarter, not harder” motto is one that is widely practiced. Just as their name would suggest, they are forward-thinking and often recognize that the old way doesn’t always mean the best way. Many of them are eager to find new and improved ways to do things that people in their company have been doing for years. These qualities make Millennials valued members of companies, especially those seeking to reach new audiences and stay with the times.

 

Enforcing Transparency: Millennials are notorious for not accepting every answer they are given as the “right” answer. Though they don’t follow traditional media with the same commitment as older generations, Millennials find their own ways to look deeper into companies’ track records and history. One of their biggest concerns for Millennials when out seeking jobs is transparency. Like the founders of journalism once sought out the truth behind the tycoons of their time, Millennials seek jobs with companies that are transparent about their practices and whose values align with theirs.

Award Plaque Company Used to Honor California Police Officer

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 21, 2015 | No Comments

 Fontana Police Department awarded Officer Julio Landaverde with a Presenta Plaque-made award for his work in a vehicular pursuit.

Phoenix, AZ. – On Tuesday, January 13, Officer Julio Landaverde was named Employee of the Month at the Fontana Police Department and presented with a Presenta Plaque Award at the Fontana City Council meeting.

The honor came after Landaverde’s work resulted in the arrest of an armed suspect following a vehicular pursuit, said Fontana Police Department.According to Police Chief Rodney Jones, the pursuit began when two civilians notified Landaverde that they had been shot at. Landaverde then pursued the suspect on the Interstate 10 through Fontana.

Fontana. For his heroic act and successful arrest of the suspect, the Fontana Police Department felt it was appropriate to honor Landaverde for his heroic work and present him with a Presenta Plaque award.

Presenta Plaque is very excited to be a part of the honoring of community heroes all around the country. These brave men and women are a crucial part of keeping communities safe and Presenta Plaque believes in the opportunity of recognizing them as often as possible.

Presenta Plaques, available in oak, walnut and black marble, are the perfect way to show someone that their hard work does not go unnoticed. Whether for a brave officer in the line of duty or the crosswalk guard that ensures the safety of our children, Presenta Plaques are a classic and beautiful way to say thank you.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., Presenta Plaque is sure to have an award or bulk plaque kit solution for your company or municipality’s needs.

For additional information on Presenta Plaque, visit www.presentaplaque.com.

About Presenta Plaque:

Presenta Plaque is a one stop shop for certificate plaques. All our plaques are sold in case quantity and ship from our factory directly to you. We have low wholesale prices with single plaques available at retail prices.

We offer two basic styles. The first are Pocket Plaques which are pre-assembled and ready for your certificate or award to slip right into. The second is our Plaque Kits which come with all the hardware and pieces needed to turn your certificate or award into a beautiful plaque. They are both easy to assemble and beautiful to look at.

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Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

http://www.PhoenixMarketingAssociates.com

602-282-0202

Community Service Ideas You Can Do

by Presenta Plaque | on Jan 08, 2015 | No Comments

Often, many of us find ourselves in a place where we feel we aren’t making a direct impact. If you work for a big company, it can be easy to lose sight of how your efforts affect others. While eventually our work might be able to help on a larger scale, sometimes, as humans, it’s important to see the immediate benefits of our labor. One of the greatest and more immediately beneficial ways to see the benefit of your efforts is community service. You’ll find that there is never a shortage of demand for a helping hand in your community. Here are just some of the ways you can help make an immediate difference:

In Your Community:

  1. Create care packages for a local homeless shelter
  2. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  3. Organize a group to write letters of support to battered women’s shelters
  4. Help elderly neighbors with outdoor labor
  5. Organize a drive to collect clothes for needy children

For the Environment:

  1. Organize an energy consumption awareness campaign with your HOA
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Create a neighborhood garden
  4. Encourage friends and neighbors to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags
  5. Organize a clean-up crew to meet once a week

For Local Hospitals:

  1. Partner with a local school and write letters of encouragement to sick children
  2. Visit and chat with seniors in the hospital
  3. Organize a teddy bear drive and send bears to a local hospital
  4. Volunteer at a maternity ward
  5. Get your canine friend certified to be a therapy dog and visit local hospitals

To help animals:

  1. Set up hummingbird feeders around your home and neighboring homes (with permission)
  2. Raise awareness for spaying and neutering pets in your neighborhood
  3. If it’s possible for you, become an animal foster parent
  4. Volunteer to walk dogs at local shelters
  5. Plan a food and toy drive and donate to an animal shelter

 

Set New Goals for the New Year

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 23, 2014 | No Comments

The beginning of a new year is a blank slate of sorts. As you’ve more than likely heard or read on a Facebook post somewhere, this is the ideal time to make resolutions we may or may not stick with through the end of February. In any case, we inevitably find ourselves setting new goals and trying to make the next year better than the last, which, of course, there’s nothing wrong with. But as you’ve probably noted with people all around you and perhaps even yourself, these grand and elaborate plans of improvement often fall through once the New Year’s/Christmas high wears off.

So why does this happen? Well more often than not, the weakness lies in what we did to mentally prepare ourselves for these big risks and changes. So how do you make this year’s resolutions a success? As with everything else, it’s all in the preparation.

1.      Tell people who will hold you accountable. Sure, there are going to be those people who will mock you for doing the cliché “new year, new me” thing, but those who love you will be excited to encourage you and help you stick to your goals.

2.      Don’t try to do it all at once. This is the surest way to fail. You overwhelm yourself with changes in the first week because go hard or go home right? Wrong. Pace yourself. Remember there will be times when you’re not as passionate or enthusiastic about completing your goals and this is perfectly okay.

3.      Set goals that are realistic for you.  If your goal is to lose weight, by all means do whatever you can to get there. But if you hate the gym, don’t tell yourself you’re going to start going six days a week, because you won’t. Find alternate means of getting there in ways you are more comfortable with and more likely to stick with.

4.      Don’t punish yourself. Making a year-long or however long commitment is a big deal. You’ve lived the rest of your life without these commitments, so what makes you think it will be easy this time around? There will be inevitable times you fail or slip up, but they key to success is persistence.

5.      Create smaller goals within your overarching goal. It’s easier to kill a pie one slice at a time and this can kind of be applied to life, too. If you’ve never run a marathon in your life, don’t expect to get it the first time. You begin at small and slowly and incrementally you build to where you want to be rather than trying to digest it all at once.

 6.      Remember there’s always next year. That probably doesn’t sound like a good mentality to begin with, but this is something we need to remind ourselves of when we fail. Not so much that we have to wait until the next New Year, but that there’s never a bad time for newfound effort. There is no ticking clock that buzzes at the end of the year to remind you that you’re a failure. You simply get up and try again.

Rewarding Good Behavior at the End of the Year

by Presenta Plaque | on Dec 18, 2014 | No Comments

The end of the year is a time of reflection for many. From our accomplishments to our downfalls, the end of the year signifies new beginnings and the end of old chapters. For many of us adults, a year may not change us much as a person, but for kids in the process of learning and absorbing new experiences a year can bring a great deal of change. As parents, this is a time in which we reflect on our kids’ improvements and hopefully reward them for their hard work in school, at home and overall good behavior.

While the end of the calendar year isn’t necessarily the end of the school year, it marks the end of the semester or halfway point for students. This is the perfect time for the extra reinforcement and the boost rewards can give kids. Many times as parents, it’s easy to forget that kids need the occasional pat in the back.

A great way to reward kids in a personalized and special way is with plaques and certificates. Kids love the personal value of receiving something made just for them to recognize their hard work.

Some other great ways to reward kids are:

 

-          Dinners

-          Extra game time

-          Gatherings with friends

-          New freedom

-          A visit to their favorite ice cream shop

-          Good behavior “end of the year bonuses”

This is a great time to talk with your kids about what worked well and what they could improve on. If they had a great academic semester but could improve by helping around the house, this is a great time to let them know. An important part of asking for improvement is creating positive reinforcement and recognizing their successes.

At the end of the day, kids just need to be reminded that they’re on the right path toward becoming good adults. With the many influences they face regularly, it goes a long way to remind them which ones are the best for them.