Milestones, both large and small, mark important events along our path to maturity as a small business. Today was one of those milestone days.

Team Altitude Seeing Stan and Isaiah OffAltitude co-founders Andrew and Stan started a sabbatical program as an affirmation of Altitude’s culture and respect for our work-life balance. The way it works is pretty simple: dedicate 5-years of your career to Altitude Marketing and earn the ability to take a month-long paid vacation to do with as you wish. It’s a great opportunity to regroup, recharge and connect with our families who, more often than not, lose out when we spend more time at the office doing the work we love.

Earlier today, Stan – our co-founder and creative director – and his son Isaiah embarked on what some would call an adventure of a lifetime; a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia for Stan’s sabbatical. If it sounds somewhat underwhelming consider the fact that they are doing the entire trip in Stan’s 2007 Ural Tourist motorcycle (nicknamed Sveta) and carrying everything they need with them for the 3-week trip.

They left from our office in Emmaus, PA and from there will work their way through the mid-Atlantic to New England and eventually cross into Canada before reaching their final destination.

Stan and Isaiah Ready to RollNot having Stan around the office is going to be hard on all of us and he’s left a big set of shoes to fill. He helps guide and shape our creative direction, is a phenomenal voice of reason, is well-liked and respected by our clients and most importantly he’s just a great guy to be around. Regardless, we will survive while he’s gone, but it does reinforce the important role that each person plays within a small business (a topic of a future post).

Please join all of us at Altitude Marketing in wishing Stan and Isaiah a safe and enjoyable journey! We can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

If you are interested in keeping track of Stan and Isaiah during their trip, they are going to be blogging about it at There and Back Again: A Ural Tale.