Giving Back: Jarvis Landry Sports Challenge

 

 

For more than 200,000 Americans, the struggle with Cystic Fibrosis is a daily battle. CF, an inherited genetic disorder, causes fluids produced within internal organs to be thick and viscous, interfering with vital functions such as digestion and breathing. While early treatment and medication can improve the quality of life for patients, these treatments come with their own high costs. To aid those in need, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation stands at the forefront of CF care and advocacy.

In July of 2019, the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held the Jarvis Landry Sports Challenge to raise awareness and funds for those actively struggling with the disease.  Many companies partnered in the fight against CF by sponsoring teams of young athletes ranging from ages 8 to 14 years old. The event was named in honor of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the honorary chair and host of the sports challenge. Landry became involved in CF advocacy after his high school sweetheart lost her fight against the disorder in 2015.

This year, 200 athletes, along with their student coaches from University School, made up around 20 competing teams. One team was created in a joint effort by thomastech, who organized the team’s members, and Citymark, who acted as the team’s sponsor. The team participated in numerous events, including football passing and obstacle course runs.  By the event’s end, three of the team’s athletes had won awards.

“I know one thing, that it’s a tough battle and the support system has to be there,” said Landry. “Events like this, it’s finding a bigger support system, bringing together a bigger support system for people that are going through and fighting against Cystic Fibrosis, to find a cure. I think that that’s the biggest thing.”

This is just one way in which thomastech supports the fight against CF. You and your company can stand with us too. To learn more about CF and what you can do visit, https://www.cff.org

To learn more about this event visit: https://www.wkyc.com/article/sports/nfl/browns/jarvis-landry-it-means-everything-to-help-fight-for-a-cure-for-cystic-fibrosis/95-a85de2e4-c064-4422-9bc9-6e1b5f690345

Saturday Spotlight: Mason Woodrum

Mason Woodrum is a versatile intern who helps with many necessary things needed to keep thomastech moving forward. Just to give an idea of how versatile he is, he assists with anything ranging from marketing to finance. He adds a great personality to the office. We would love to share a little about him and his personality with you, so we asked him a few questions. Meet Mason!

What’s your typical day at thomastech like?

No day is similar to the other. It varies from creating graphics and social media posts in marketing one day, to entering sales orders or reconciling on QuickBooks the next. It makes each day interesting!

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I have always wanted to go skydiving, maybe the boss will let me go during lunch one day! 

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

A volleyball named Wilson to keep me company and probably a pillow so my neck doesn’t hurt when I sleep.

What is your favorite hobby?

Anything to do with Cleveland Sports. #Dan6erous

In 5 Words or less what advice would you give to someone in your profession?

Build lasting relationships when networking.

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

I’m always either; going out with friends, or playing basketball.

Fill the blank: I once met…

Phil Dawson, a Cleveland Browns legend.

If you could switch jobs with someone else at thomastech, who would it be, and why?

No one, I love my position. I also have to go back to school soon, so I’m not trying to work full-time.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Read Minds, then I would become the world’s greatest poker player.

Saturday Spotlight: Jim Thompson

Jim’s specialty is connecting needs with solutions. He is knowledgeable about enterprise hardware and is ready to apply that knowledge to help IT professionals find solutions in enterprise hardware from various OEMs. He assists with servers, storage, and networking hardware. As usual, we asked Jim a few questions and recorded his answers for this week’s Saturday Spotlight. Meet Jim Thompson!

What’s your typical day at thomastech like?

Sell sell sell, LOL Problem solving and helping my customers solve theirs.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Retire in my own lake house.

You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

Donate it to a zoo for others to enjoy… Does that count as give away??? 

What is your favorite hobby?

Car

In 5 words or less what advice would you give to someone in your profession?

Learn as much as you can about what your selling, always be honest, and be patient.

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

Relax and hang with my kids and my dog Gemma.

Fill the blank: I once met…

A woman that stole my heart

If you could switch jobs with someone else at thomastech, who would it be, and why?

I wouldn’t I love my job!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Eliminate Heroin, Meth, and all other related drugs in this world!

Giving Back: Medina Athletic Booster

Our banner for the Medina Athletic Booster

A great way to give back to a community is to invest in its future. One of the ways thomastech does this is by sponsoring the Medina Athletic Booster. This is just one of the ways thomastech gives back.

The mission statement of the Medina Athletic Booster is “to enrich, support, and promote all of Medina City School’s sports teams; to encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement, sportsmanship, and character; to raise funds that enhance and support programs for our student-athletes; and to provide a vehicle for positive involvement by coaches, parents and the entire Medina community.”

Medina Booster uses funds from sponsors like thomastech to make a difference in the lives of the community’s youth. The funds have been used for scholarships, curriculum, athletic facility improvements, uniforms, and more. Through all of this, Medina Booster seeks to provide an avenue for students to learn valuable life lessons and pursue their dreams. Click here to learn more about Medina Booster.

Saturday Spotlight: Greg Walker

 

Meet Greg Walker, one of the unsung heroes at thomastech! He keeps things moving and braves the summer’s hot temperatures to make sure that IT departments get their hardware. Chances are that when you purchase hardware, Greg has had a role in shipping you the item. We asked Greg a few questions to help the reader learn more about who he is and what he does. Check out below to see what Greg had to say.

What’s your typical day at thomastech like?

Purchase orders and sales orders all day

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Driving a Bugatti

Why are manholes round?

So the cover doesn’t fall through

What is your favorite hobby?

Bowling

In 5 Words or less what advice would you give to someone in your profession?

Drink plenty of water

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

Go golfing, have bonfires, ride four wheelers

Fill in the blank: I once met…

  1. I once met Carlos Carrasco

If you could switch jobs with someone else at thomastech, who would it be, and why?

I would switch with pretty much anyone that sits in air conditioning

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Invisibility or flying torn between the two

Giving Back: CF Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to “cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.”

Over the years, different CF-specific drugs have been developed in the fight against CF. The CF Foundation is responsible for funding the development and search for nearly, if not all, the CF drugs. The foundation is 100% donor funded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. They host multiple events during the year to raise funds for the fight against CF. thomastech has sponsored multiple events both locally and nationally. Listed below are two of the events thomastech has sponsored to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    • The Bruce Baskin Golf Classic: thomastech has sponsored and given towards this event annually for 3 years and counting. It is the longest-standing event for the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To learn about this event, or to participate, visit their site by clicking here.
    • Great Strides, Northern Ohio Chapter: thomastech has been supporting this event for 14 years in a row and counting. The goal of Great Strides is to spread awareness for CF and to raise funds to enable the fight against CF to continue. To learn about this event, or to participate, visit their site by clicking here.

Saturday Spotlight: Isaac Royalty

In today’s Saturday Spotlight, we will be highlighting Isaac Royalty, a marketing graphics genius. He has been interning in the marketing department at thomastech where he puts his skills to work each week. To capture a little information on Isaac, we asked him a few questions. Some of them are more informative than others, and one we just asked to have a little fun. Meet Isaac!

What does an average day on the job look like for you?

“Typically, I do a lot of design and product photography. One of my main jobs has been taking photos of different systems and arrays we service. These all need edited and branded to add to our database.”

 

What are some things you do outside of the office?

“My favorite hobbies would be playing trumpet and basketball. Go Cavs!”

 

What is one thing on your bucket list?

“One thing on my bucket list would definitely be to climb mount Rishiri in Hokkaido, Japan. When I was there I got some great views of it, but unfortunately wasn’t able to visit it. Maybe next time!”

 

What are your opinions on garden gnomes?

“I personally think garden gnomes are creepy. Never have met one I liked.”

 

What advice would you give to somebody in your profession?

“Get input from others! Some of my best ideas have come from conversations I have had with coworkers and peers.”