Diane Dubocq of Meta Response Group and Aj Jamani mingle while touring the new office space.
From left: Jack Trumley, president of the Laurel Foundation, with Stanlie G. Hunt and Bevian Hunt of SmartStox.
Kayt Daugharty (l) of Truffles Fine Foods cruises the room with Donna Dubocq of Meta Response Group.
From left: Rhean Piprell, Director of the Coquitlam Public Library; Colleen Talbot, Chair of the Coquitlam Foundation; and Coquitlam councillor Mae Reid.
Journalist and community activist Terry O'Neill (l) is greeted by Rhino founder and CEO, Doug Morneau.
President and CEO of BC Assessment, Connie Fair, catches up with Peter Legge, chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media.
Event: Rhino HQ Opening Party
Venue: Rhino Marketing, Port Coquitlam
Date: Feb. 11, 2011
What do you get when you take a plush new suite of offices, food and booze galore, valet parking, and over 500 guests? Other than a standout party, obviously – an HQ launch to remember.
With the official opening of Rhino's Port Coquitlam headquarters – the firm also has offices in Vancouver and Los Angeles – West Coast marketing receives a needed infusion of tech savvy. Party guests nibbling at canapes and sipping wine delighted in test-driving Rhino's state-of-the-art broadcast and computer equipment. One crowd-pleaser: Filmed against a green screen, you could be made to digitally "appear" almost anywhere. (Commenting on a Canucks game at Rogers Arena was a favoured choice.)
Night fell over PoCo, and photographers wove among guests through the freshly-painted corridors. Chief Rhino Doug Morneau could be seen offering his hand to the guests, thanking them for coming. Morneau, who cuts a larger-than-life figure, has had a capital year. Recently named Business Leader of 2010 by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, he's taken his firm through a period of remarkable investment and growth. The boss is characteristically modest, however. "Without a great team," he says, "there is no leadership."