a legacy of innovation [infographic]

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Innovation—just like appreciation—is in our DNA. Starting in 1927 with the entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, Obert C. Tanner, to the recent launch of our new R&D venture, Tanner Labs, we are a company of firsts.

1927: A company is born. Obert sells 50 class pins to students for hight school graduation and the O.C. Tanner Company is born.

1945: An industry takes shape. O.C. Tanner sells the first-ever corporate emblematic awards, becoming one of the first companies in the employee recognition industry.

1978: Legacy of learning. Obert establishes the Tanner Lecture Series on Human Values at Cambridge University. Since it’s founding, the series has expanded to nine universities, including: Oxford, Yale, Harvard, and Stanford University.

1978: Global good rewarded. The UN honors Obert with the United Nations Peace Award.

1987: A game changer. The “Lifestyles” award line is introduced to the market. This line was the first to include consumer awards.

1988: A pioneering moment. O.C. Tanner develops the first thermatic brochures.

1990: First to market with automated employee administration, now an industry standard.

1995: Intranet innovation. O.C. Tanner partners with GE to deliver our first intranet selection brochure.

1996: Innovation with Apple. O.C. Tanner partners with Apple to provide the first internet brochure in the recognition industry.

1997: Operation redefined. O.C. Tanner becomes the fist company to develop a state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution center solution using automatic storage and retrieval.

1997: Web education landmark. First to market with online manager presentation training.

1998: Reward results. First performance recognition solution developed in partnership for Compaq computer.

1999: Evidence of continuous improvement. Our manufacturing evolution earns the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

1999: The standard is set. Developed the “Nomination Wizard”, now an industry standard.

2001: Shaping the future. Developed the industry’s first leadership recognition training.

2002: Light the fire within: O.C. Tanner becomes the first appreciation company to produce gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Olympic Winter Games held in Salt Lake City.

2005: Big event in the Big Apple. O.C. Tanner holds its first Executive Summit in New York City.

2006: A new way to say thank you. One of the first companies to launch a peer-to-peer and on-the-spot solution with Thanks.

2007: Engaging managers. O.C. Tanner publishes a New York Times bestseller, The Carrot Principle.

2010: eThanks. O.C. Tanner is the first to add social recognition tools in performance.

2012: Happy birthday. O.C. Tanner celebrates 85 years of innovation and growth.

2012: A new take on trophies. O.C. Tanner partners with legacy product designer, Karim Rashid, to create a brand new type of trophy.

2013: Worldwide insights and education. The O.C. Tanner Institute is established to provide a global forum for research and exchanging ideas.

2013: A movement is born. Executive Vice President of the O.C. Tanner Institute, David Sturt publishes the New York Times bestseller, Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love. Sturt becomes a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

2013: Celebrate careers. Yearbook, a suite of tools from O.C. Tanner, launches to create a personalized year-specific keepsake to celebrate service anniversaries.

2014: Tanner Labs launches the first two ventures. Welbe is the first digital corporate wellness platform that aggregates Real-time Wellness Intelligence and enables companies to measure, influence and reward employee behavior on a day-to-day basis. Gratzi is an employee recognition program designed to provide organizations with a simple way to say thanks.

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