Here’s how it went down last Friday at Elite SEM, the search engine marketing and optimization firm voted the Best Place to Work in 2013 by Crain’s New York.

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CEO Ben Kirshner and the rest of the Philadelphia office staff hopped a train to New York for the company’s annual Northeast Region holiday party. Before everyone but Kirshner headed off to Long Island for some paintball, the CEO shared over 8:30 a.m. bagels and coffee what he might say if Elite SEM nabbed the top spot:

Ben gave us a dry run of an acceptance speech, giving thanks to his wife, Rebecca Kirshner, for all of her support and for allowing him to travel and do all the things he needs to on a weekly basis to help grow and support Elite SEM. The Elite SEM employees gave him a round of applause for the speech and then everyone went on with their day…

Kirshner, after participating in a panel discussion at the Crain’s Friday luncheon event, got to give that speech. On the paintball field meanwhile, the “Elite SEM Veterans” eked out a narrow 3-2 overtime win against the “Elite SEM Rookies.”

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