It’s the last week of November, and here in San Francisco that means it’s time to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for this year – the continued support of our customers and partners, the consistent innovation and drive of our amazing team, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Episode, and having the chance to spend every day making the Internet safer and faster for millions of people around the world.

In addition to these, we asked members of Team OpenDNS to tell us what they are thankful for this year:

“I’m thankful for my health, as it allows me to remain active.” – Jericka Balcom, MSP Renewals Manager

“I’m thankful that our customer community takes an active role in improving our products and services.” – Courtland Smith, Director of Demand Generation

“I’m thankful for the first, quenching, cleaning winter rains. California has been thirsty; our farmers, our reservoirs, our city streets, and I have been looking forward to them!” – Sarah Falconer, Renewals Account Manager

“I am thankful for the new challenges and experiences I have already had since coming to OpenDNS. I am also thankful for my family, as they are a huge support system in wherever my crazy life takes me!” – Kristi King, Field Events Coordinator

“Being in IT, it’s no secret that in addition to our 9-5, we also provide IT support for our family. Whenever Grandma or a sibling has a question, we’re always the first on the email list. Sometimes we think to ourselves, ‘I wish they wouldn’t use that’, or ‘I wish they would use a search engine’. We forget that it’s a blessing to be familiar with today’s technology and to help our families be safe and get through their technological struggles; even if it’s ‘Do I click Finish on the installer?’

This time of year reminds me that I’m proud to be my family’s Helpdesk Tech and make sure they’re happily running their ancient versions of software and operating systems. Because, when the car/truck/motorcycle breaks down, I’m sending that same email to my uncle knowing that I’m in good hands. Happy Thanksgiving!” – Zack Gilman, Technical Support Engineer

“While I try to make a practice of finding at least 3 things to be grateful for each day, this time of year allows more time for deeper reflection. I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to spend the last 6+ years working for OpenDNS. It has been an amazing experience to watch the company grow to what it is today – and I am looking forward to what the future holds in the coming years. Every day is a new experience filled with exciting challenges. We have an awesome group of people working here. I look forward to coming to work every day!

In my personal life, I am thrilled to go home every day to meet my dog Chewy, who always greets me with a wagging tail and teaches me humility and unconditional love. I am grateful for the ability to travel, camp, hike and explore. I am grateful for baseball – 124 days to Opening Day! And I am grateful for the burritos which fill my belly more often than they should.

But most of all, I am grateful for a loving family, caring friends and amazing co-workers. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!” – Daniel Gifford, Customer Support Manager

From everyone at OpenDNS, we wish you and your family and friends a warm, joyful, and secure Thanksgiving!

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