Where Were You 20 Years Ago?

It was 1996. The United States was preparing to host the Olympic Games. The number of computers connected to the Internet had just grown from 1 computer to 10 million. And LeapFrog Solutions, Inc. (LFS), a small woman-owned marketing firm, was founded in Oakton, Virginia, by Lisa Martin.

Today, as the United States prepares to travel to the Olympics in Brazil, more than 3.4 billion people — 40 percent of the world’s population — are connected to the Internet. And LFS is gratefully celebrating its 20th anniversary.

LFS began in Lisa’s basement as a team of three coordinating print collateral for MacWorld and designing business pages on the latest technology craze: the World Wide Web. Evolving to meet the needs of current and future clients, LFS soon expanded its offerings to develop an award-winning portfolio of work for such prominent federal, state, and commercial clients as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Fairfax County Government.

“It’s been amazing to see what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 20 years.”

Most recently, the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals recognized our team with multiple Platinum Hermes Creative Awards for our creative projects. But it’s not only our work that has received praise: for the past eight years, Inc.com has recognized LFS in its annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

“It’s been amazing to see what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 20 years,” said Lisa Martin, founder of LeapFrog Solutions. “We are constantly researching new, innovative ways to make our clients’ missions matter. We look forward to the next 20 years and beyond to see what we will do next.”

With 10 percent of small businesses closing each year, LFS’ 20 years of success is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of its employees and leadership. Keeping an eye on the economy, we adjust to meet the changing demands and needs of both our employees and our clients.

But it’s more than client work. Over the years, LFS has supported the Life with Cancer House, American Red Cross, and most recently Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia, donating our time and resources to sustain their work. “Giving back to the community that has supported me throughout this journey is so important to the LFS team,” Lisa explained. “Each of these organizations supports a cause that is near to all of us, and we are proud to call ourselves partners.”

What will the next 20 years hold for LFS? We don’t really know — but we’re excited to find out. And what’s a milestone anniversary without a celebration? You’re invited to join us as we toast to the next 20 years later in the fall. Stay tuned.