Hello again! Spring is here and a lot of exciting things are happening at Compuquip. The Nautica South Beach Triathlon is only a few weeks away, and Compuquip’s six relay teams and three individual competitors are kicking their training into high gear. As you may know, the Triathlon benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a world-renowned pediatric disease treatment and research facility. If you have contributed to the fundraising efforts of a Compuquip triathlete, I’d like to thank you for your support of such an important cause. If you haven’t contributed but would like to learn how, please contact Katie Presley, Compuquip’s Marketing Coordinator, who is leading our fundraising charge!
Hello again! It’s hard to believe we’re already in March. That means Compuquip is nearly half way through its 31st year in business. Those of you who read my February 21 blog may recall that one of the more interesting topics of discussion from the Q1 HTG 50+ meeting was how to effectively manage and motivate Generation Y or “Millenial” employees. Compuquip, like many technology companies, relies heavily on the contributions of talented people born after 1980. With that in mind, it’s imperative to try and better understand what drives many of them to put forth their best effort in both the near and long terms.
In early February, Compuquip hosted the Q1 HTG 50+ peer group meeting here in Miami. Despite the unseasonably cool and gray weather, the two day session wound up being informative and productive, just as hoped. The primary topics of conversation included service team structure and management, 2012 growth strategies, successful acquisition planning, among others.
This was my second HTG meeting, so while I had a better idea of what to expect coming in, I remain unequivocally impressed with the unique insights provided by all of the MSP’s in our peer group. Almost every region of the country is represented in our small peer group alone, and each has a very different story about how the business originated and how it evolved and grew ever since. Having neither a technical or IT sales background, these meetings provide a phenomenal opportunity for me to listen to very successful and driven executives speak candidly about the more “techie” aspects of their operations. And I, in turn, am becoming more adept at translating and applying that new knowledge to my role in Finance and specifically how Finance helps steer the overall strategic direction of the company.
In early November I was fortunate enough to attend my first HTG Peer Group conference, joining Eric Dosal (our COO) and Jorge Azcuy (our Director of Technical Services). HTG is nationwide association of Managed Service Providers and organizes quarterly meetings covering an array of topics pertinent to IT outsourcing and the technology industry in general. The November meeting took place in Orlando and focused heavily on finance, financial reporting, performance management and budgeting – - all important areas that I oversee in my role at Compuquip.
I’ll get straight to the point. Compuquip is a great place to work. And I’m not just writing this because I was asked that my inaugural blog post provide an overview of a typical day at the office. I genuinely wake up every morning excited to collaborate with our employees, customers and business partners. Each day brings its unique challenges and learning opportunities, and yet for every project completed and objective reached another arises. The work never stops, but that’s just the way we like it.
Most days start early for me. I like catching up on emails and “game planning” for the day from home before heading to the office. It’s the only quiet time I’ll have until my commute home. Ideas are fresh in my mind, and I’m able to tackle any potential issues much sooner than waiting until I’m at the office. Invariably an onslaught of phone calls, meetings, and unanticipated emails await me, so I prefer addressing the most pressing matters right off the bat. Read more »