The celebration honored the retirement of Weber Thompson co-founder Blaine Weber and served as our Open House for Watershed. The theme “Come Sail Away” was a nod to the water story of the Aurora Swales, Watershed, and to a culture-building activity from the early days of Weber Thompson — aboard Blaine’s sailboat in the open waters of the Puget Sound.
While the squall-like conditions from the atmospheric river weren’t part of the plan, we couldn’t think of a better way to showcase the stormwater management features on Watershed and the Swales. Luckily, the rough seas didn’t dampen the party; everyone showed up in good spirits with raincoats in tow.
Inside, guests mingled around the office with themed cocktails, like the Sailaway Mai Tai, and delicious bites. Folks got inked with temporary tattoos and hammed it up in our photo booth with life-sized Blaine cutouts. A short program led by Senior Principal Kristen Scott concluded the night with a Bon Voyage toast to Blaine Weber.
There were also opportunities to learn about the building through tours led by WT team members; or by reading the thoughtfully curated informational signage throughout the office.
Thank you again to everyone who showed up to celebrate our new home at Watershed and bid Blaine Weber a fond farewell into the sunset of retirement!