On Friday Aug 21, 2009 The Gap celebrated its 4oth birthday!
I have had the pleasure of working for this Company for almost 16 years! In honor of this milestone birthday the Company was selected to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange live from our San Francisco headquarters.
Everyone started to gather in the atrium of the lobby about two hours before the actual bell ringing. We listened to singer Matt White, who had worked with us on the "Vote for ____" campaign sing "Forever In Blue Jeans."
Everyone was armed with noise makers and bells and in the hours that preceded the event we practiced ringing, cheering and waving.
As it drew closer to 1pm, Gap North America President Marka Hansen and Board Member and founders' son Bob Fisher came out to do several live interviews. You can watch one of the clips with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC here.
At 1 O'clock the Executive Leadership Team and members of the Founders Family came out to ring the closing bell.
Here is the actual bell ringing:
The Song Of The Day - Ring My Bell by Anita Ward