Creative Memories bankruptcy points to need for improved math education in Minnesota


Creative Memories laid off an additional 35 people this week, in conjunction with their bankruptcy related restructuring. While the layoffs are not surprising, what is surprising is that according to the Saint Cloud Times, “An exact employee count wasn’t immediately available.”

The layoffs clearly required planning.  An exact employee count should not be difficult. Here is how to do it:

  1. Employees Before Layoff = Current Employees + Layoffs
  2. Insert number of employees before layoff and number of layoffs into equation.
  3. Solve for Current Employees

You could also total how many paychecks you expect to issue after the layoffs.

Fortunately, Minnesota had elections yesterday and the majority of school referendums passed. Now I only hope they put this money to use improving the math curriculum.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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21 Responses to Creative Memories bankruptcy points to need for improved math education in Minnesota

  1. Jill McLeester says:

    You are the Master of Droll!

  2. DaKrina says:

    This post seems a bit bitter…

  3. Melissa says:

    Private companies don’t usually disclose much information. They are not required to like publicly traded companies are. I wonder what the exact quote from Creative Memories was…

  4. Linda Braden says:

    Your comments about Creative Memories have been very negative lately and it just reflects negatively on you in my opinion. I used to like reading your blog when it was about images but that’s not the case anymore.

    • joyce says:

      As they say, harboring resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. Tearing someone down, no matter how justifies, does not build YOU up. I love the technical articles, but not the negativity. We get enough of that from our government.

  5. Jen says:

    Mark!! Glad someone is standing up and stating there opinion.. some people will like it and some won’t.. well its your blog and you can write it however you want.. Keep up the good work!!

  6. Louanna Wasson says:

    I agree with you Dr. Mark. I think there is some kook-aide drink in’ going on.

  7. Nicole says:

    Well, we know that they let go some of the most important workers when they fired all the lab people who tested for photo safety. Things have continued to go downhill ever since.

  8. Fran says:

    What’s great about having a Blog is you have complete control of what you want to put in it and some will like what you write and some will not! People are equally free to comment on what you write AND also to NOT read what you write. It’s my opinion if you don’t like what someone put on their Blog you just move on to another you do like what’s written on it and not waste your time commenting negatively on that person’s opinion as it’s not going to change their opinion and only waste your own time.

  9. Barbara Neller says:

    I’ve always admired your professional opinion and look forward to your blog posts. Lately, your comments seem somewhat “snarky”. It isn’t useful and doesn’t help improve understanding of a given topic. We all feel horrible for the loss of jobs. I’m sure the management of CM does as well. Posts like this one diminish your own reputation and personal brand and may ultimately cause people to question your objectivity.

  10. brenda says:

    Personally, I haven’t seen your blog posts as bitter, negative or resentful. I read them as simply a dry sense of humor, taking a sensitive or unfortunate situation and trying to make light of it with a funny viewpoint. You should be free to write about your thoughts and opinions on your blog, just as others can write what they want on their blog.

  11. Carol says:

    I loved you when I was a CM consultant (for 8 years, many years ago when you were still with the company). Love you now. I think your comments are not “snarky”, but spot-on and done with a dry sense of humor. I appreciate it. I say, keep it up!

    • Mark Mizen says:

      I hesitate to post links to the St. Cloud Times because their links are continually changing. If you don’t find the article go to the main site and search for Creative Memories.

  12. Sherrie says:

    I for one and glad that you are just keeping it real.

  13. Katiebob says:

    Mark, Snark away – CM trolls will continue to post their lack of humour. I appreciate you!

  14. Dr. Mark, thank you for the years of research and testing you invested to keep Creative Memories albums and products the top in the scrapbook market! I applaud you for the work you have done and the value you brought to thousands who have their photos and stories recorded!

  15. Chris M says:

    Interesting. Mark is a genius when he’s posting stuff people like. He’s “negative” when he’s pointing out the obvious. Same as it ever was in CM circles, I guess. Some folks just can’t take reality…and no matter how you slice it, layoffs and bankruptcy ISN’T a good thing no matter who tells you differently.

    I just about spit coffee all over my computer regarding the math in schools. That has been a hot topic in our house lately…and your comment was spot on!

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