At gap intelligence we know how to work hard and we also know how to play hard.  This year’s annual gap intelligence holiday party was epic to say the least.  We toasted to our successes over the last year and we toasted to our future new office at Liberty Station.

The eight plus hour party involved four stops and a super sweet party bus to chauffer us around.  The theme of the party was, “The Ghosts of gap’s Past”.  Our President, Gary Peterson, wanted to take the time to look back on how far gap intelligence has come since the company was founded 8 years ago.  It was such a fantastic day!

Our party started in Point Loma with a tour of our brand new office at the historic Liberty Station.  Everyone was a buzz over how many amazing restaurants and shops are located a hop and skip away from our new digs.  A huge part of why this is so exciting is that Liberty Station is such a change from our old office located on the out skirts of downtown.  It feels as if we have upgraded to a fancy college campus with manicured grounds and fountains.

After the tour of the new office we walked over to the oh so chic wine bar, Winesteals, and the festivities began.  We visited, laughed, and snacked on yummy appetizers.  Peterson, wearing an oversized cowboy hat, welcomed us and began handing out highly coveted Hirooka awards to recognize the hard work each gapper had done over the last year.  Hirooka’s are like the Oscars of gap intelligence.

From there we hopped on a party bus and proceeded to our next location in Pacific Beach.  As the party bus wound through the streets of PB, Peterson handed out several more Hirooka awards. Some awards are on the serious side while others have a more humorous tone.

After a short drive we arrived at Beachwood.  We were all thrilled to see that gap intelligence had the entire roof top deck which overlooks the stunning Pacific Ocean reserved to get our party on!  Whoo Hoo!  It was simply magical toasting each other as we watched the sunset.

After Beachwood we stopped at the very first office gap intelligence ever called home in Pacific Beach.  We all piled out of the bus so our driver could take a group picture of us in front of it. The very first gap intelligence office was located right next to an auto shop and Peterson reminisced about sitting at his desk with the clanging, banging, and buzzing of the shop.  Too funny!

Our next stop was the second gap office in Bankers Hill.  It was an older Victorian house that didn’t look like much of an office at all.  We heard stories of how the office was freezing cold in the winter and super hot in the summer.  We snapped another team photo and then moved on to delicious Mexican fare at the Bankers Hill hot spot, Barrio Star.  At this point in the evening the party was truly in full swing!  Barrio Star served us yummy in our tummy tacos and blackberry jalapeño cocktails.  As we all enjoyed our dinner I couldn’t help but notice how nice it was to see everyone let loose.

After the last of the Hirookas were awarded, we all jumped back on the bus for our final stop located downtown right across from Petco Park, at Corner Bar.  The few of us that were still standing enjoyed more cocktails and talked about how this was hands down one of the coolest parties we had ever had the pleasure of attending!  It was so nice to take the time out to celebrate our successes, acknowledge how far we’ve come, and look to the future!  It’s so wonderful that we get to work at a company that appreciates its employees and takes the time to recognize our dedication to gap intelligence.  I feel so blessed to not only love what I do but to love where I work.  It’s a rarity these days for sure.  Hooray for gap intelligence!  Can’t wait till the holiday party next year!