Believe it or not, July marks the time for our annual team gathering. Last week, our team made their way to a familiar spot - our office’s building plaza patio area for some summer sunshine and eats (a great way to still maintain distance in the fresh, open air!). We hold ourselves accountable to a yearly gathering centered around relaxed fun for more than just the fun of it. Joining together as a team aside from the typical work jargon unlocks a new level of connection with each other. Learning about what else goes on in our lives gives us the ability to understand and maybe even spark new ideas for our work day. A big thanks to all of those that were able to join us - and to those who weren’t able to, we missed you dearly!
Meet RJ, a valued Tech Recruiter on our team. With more than 15 years of experience in recruiting, RJ’s strengths lie in solution-based and strategic thinking. He brings an entrepreneurial spirit to RedCloud and considers himself a risk taker with a passion for getting it all done - and done well! In his free time, he enjoys traveling and loves board games, tech, fantasy and sci-fi movies, video games and puzzles. Fun fact: RJ was once a nationally ranked chess player!
Continuing on with our full year of support to Solid Ground’s Broadview Shelter & Transitional Housing, another exciting day of giving back is in the books. Together with our team, we’re constantly brainstorming ways to help the residents at Broadview. The shelter houses families - mainly mothers and their children - providing a safe haven at a secure location in Seattle if they are experiencing homelessness or need to flee from domestic abuse.
You read that right - 15 talented new RedCloud team members have joined our force in the last three months...and we couldn’t be more excited to tell you about each one of them. This class of talent and expertise comes from varying backgrounds - from decades of industry experience, product development, telecom, software engineering and marketing...they’ve all been there, done that. We’re confident in their skills and look forward to the success they will help our clients achieve going forward into the second half of 2021.
Read on to meet each new team member and hear more about what made them a perfect fit for RedCloud given their impressive backgrounds.
We’re excited to hear from Puget Sound Business Journal that once again we’ve been listed as on their annual Washington's Best Workplaces roundup of the top 100 businesses for employee satisfaction. It’s a true honor to hear that even given the challenging times of the last year, our employees are proud to call RedCloud home. With a dedication to transparency - and a constant commitment to it during our busiest seasons - we’re thrilled to see that our employee survey results were overwhelmingly positive.
In an instant it seemed, the Spring of 2020 stopped the rhythm of office life in its tracks and rearranged the way we, as workers, divide work and home. It’s now rather familiar to virtually visit each of our coworkers’ homes through a Microsoft Teams video call, sometimes waving to their family members or being understanding of a quick virtual school interjection from a youngster.
With vaccines rolling out quickly across the Seattle region, we know the return to the traditional workplace is ahead later in 2021 for many, but we also know the return to what the workplace was in 2020 has disappeared from our grasp. As we weigh the positive of no commute time with the challenge of isolation, we are all left wondering what the new 2021 version of the office landscape looks like.
Congratulations, Rick! Toys for Kids Founder and dear friend of RedCloud, Rick Rizzs was recently named the 425 Citizen of the Year, a well deserved honor! All of us at RedCloud send a HUGE round of applause for all he’s done to support children in our community and specifically the partnership and opportunity he’s afforded to us to make an impact by his side.
Joining our team back in January of 2020, Andrew Buswell, joined RedCloud as Senior Consultant, jumping right into his role as the lead Project Manager for his client’s large migration project. A United States Marine Corps Veteran, Andrew joins our team with not only a strong dedication to teamwork and leadership, but also with years of experience in project management, event management and business strategy. We were lucky to find a moment to chat with Andrew about his experience on our team so far.
You may have read or heard about our special community project this year, a full year of support to Solid Ground’s Broadview Shelter & Transitional Housing as part of our ongoing dedication to non-profit partners focused on education and empowering the success of local youth. While the program kicked off with our donation of new technology to support remote learning during Covid (tablets, Microsoft Office software and mic headsets), we’re also challenging our team to get creative and continue sharing the love by showing support all throughout 2021. And, we’re thrilled to say that the support continues!
We’re excited to kick off Q2 with news of RedCloud’s acquisition of BuzzBee, a strategic technology marketing and communications firm based in Seattle. BuzzBee has more than two decades of experience developing strategy and implementing communications and marketing plans for some of the industry's best brands such as Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, Intel, HP, AMD, Concur, adding a strong set of skills and capabilities to RedCloud’s existing offerings.