Sept 2013 – Sue’s 10th Anniversary

With great pride, I presented an award to Sue Balas this month for her 10th anniversary with the company. Sue does all of our accounting and has been a blessing for our company. She is an amazing mother and I’m happy that she shares some of her time with us as well. Next month, she and her husband Tom will be headed to Key West for a weekend getaway courtesy of Network Innovations – a well-deserved reward! Congratulations Sue!
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A great staff is the hallmark of any successful company, and I’m very proud of ours. Our small staff of 8 has a combined 77 years working for Network Innovations. I’ve been very lucky that these great people have come and chosen to stay!

Thinkpads in Space!

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off today for the last time. A liftoff always brings out the space geek in me – I attended a 10 day session of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL when I was 14 years old, just a couple of years after the movie was released. I hate to see the shuttle program winding down. Many important lifestyle advances we enjoy came directly out of the space program. For example, things such as kidney dialysis and the new artificial heart have been based on technology found in space shuttles. These items have saved many lives. Of course we have enjoyed immeasurable benefits from improved weather prediction, environmental monitoring, communication, and other technological advances. I’m not sure I could find my way from home to the office anymore without GPS!
On board the shuttle today are a host of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. In fact, ThinkPad notebooks have been involved in every NASA Shuttle space flight since STS-67 in 1995 beginning with the ThinkPad 755. ThinkPad notebooks have also been utilized onboard the International Space Station (ISS) since the 2A mission in 1998 (to present day). In fact, Lenovo ThinkPads are the only laptop certified for use on the shuttle or space station!
I’ve long believed that Lenovo Thinkpads were the most rugged, best performing business laptops available, and I’m glad to see that NASA agrees. Yesterday, Lenovo announced a new series of laptops that will be available in March. Lenovo is always the innovator, and these new models are no disappointment. We’re talking 30 hour battery life, instant boot and Turbo Boost! The new T420s will be my new laptop the day they are available (under 4 pounds, 14” wide screen, DVD-RW, 6 hour battery life, fastest notebook available).
If you haven’t checked out Lenovo, give us a call!

February 2011 – Lenovo

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off today for the last time. A liftoff always brings out the space geek in me – I attended a 10 day session of Space Camp in Huntsville, AL when I was 14 years old, just a couple of years after the movie was released. I hate to see the shuttle program winding down. Many important lifestyle advances we enjoy came directly out of the space program. For example, things such as kidney dialysis and the new artificial heart have been based on technology found in space shuttles. These items have saved many lives. Of course we have enjoyed immeasurable benefits from improved weather prediction, environmental monitoring, communication, and other technological advances. I’m not sure I could find my way from home to the office anymore without GPS!

On board the shuttle today are a host of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. In fact, ThinkPad notebooks have been involved in every NASA Shuttle space flight since STS-67 in 1995 beginning with the ThinkPad 755. ThinkPad notebooks have also been utilized onboard the International Space Station (ISS) since the 2A mission in 1998 (to present day). In fact, Lenovo ThinkPads are the only laptop certified for use on the shuttle or space station! Follow the jump for more information and a picture!

I’ve long believed that Lenovo Thinkpads were the most rugged, best performing business laptops available, and I’m glad to see that NASA agrees. Yesterday, Lenovo announced a new series of laptops that will be available in March. Lenovo is always the innovator, and these new models are no disappointment. We’re talking 30 hour battery life, instant boot and Turbo Boost! The new T420s will be my new laptop the day they are available (under 4 pounds, 14” wide screen, DVD-RW, 6 hour battery life, fastest notebook available).

If you haven’t checked out Lenovo, give us a call!

Happy Thanksgiving

We are excited this month to welcome Amy Grandon, our Service Coordinator, back to the office from her maternity leave. Jade Jolee was born on xx and weighed xx. Congratulations and welcome back Amy!

This month I would like to take a minute to count our blessings here at Network Innovations. We are very lucky that we get to work in an exciting industry that we are all passionate about. It’s fun and exciting to come to work most days. We love helping our clients deploy solutions that make your business more efficient and more profitable. Of course, none of this would be possible without you, our loyal client. It’s been fun growing and improving our businesses together over the past year. THANKS for being on our team!

Along with that theme, the lead article in our newsletter this month is about using what you already have. Often times, we simply replace old technology with new, or during periods of change in your business we add technology to accommodate. However, the true value of this investment is never realized if we never go deeper. It’s important that we not only discuss technology issues and challenges, but also business issues and challenges. If we document your workflow, there are many small tweaks we can make, leveraging your existing technology, that can create exponential improvements in service level and efficiency. Give me a call and I would be happy to come out and help with this process.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Newsletter Blog: FAAN

This year Amy and I are chairpersons for the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Kansas City.  FAAN is the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, and food allergies are a growing problem for children all over the world.  Amy and I are involved in support of our son Nate, who was diagnosed with a fatally severe peanut allergy in 2008. 

A few quick facts:

  • More than 12 million Americans have a food allergy
  • Between 1997 and 2007, the prevalence of food allergies among children increased 18% to reach over 3 million children
  • Food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits among children in the US annually.

If you know anyone with a food allergy, please have them contact me about our walk, Saturday September 25, 2010.  To donate in support of our cause, visit Nate’s walk page and click on “Support Me”.

For more information about FAAN, visit http://www.foodallergy.org

For more of my rambling thoughts, check out my blog.

Chiefs trip to Whiteman

As Head Captain of the Kansas City Chiefs Red Coaters, today I got to travel with the team to Whiteman AFB to meet with members of the 509th Bomb Wing (B-2 Stealth Bomber) and their families.  Whiteman is home to about 5,000 people including spouses and children, and has over 750 airmen deployed at this time.  What an amazing experience to spend time with these brave people and their families. 

The visit to Ft. Leavenworth was made possible through the Chiefs partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation through its Return the Favor campaign.  We traveled with Todd Haley, Matt Cassel, Thomas Jones, Brodie Croyle and several other members of the Chiefs offense, as well as Chiefs Hall of Famer Deron Cherry, NFL Hall of Famer Bobby Bell and several VFW executives.  As the bus pulled on base, the players were fired up to get out and meet the military personnel and their families.  The Chiefs players took pictures, signed autographs and answered questions until everyone was satisfied.  They literally had to drag the coach and the players back to the bus when it was time to leave.   In an address to the troops, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said “We just want to return the favor to all of these women and men who make the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us as Americans can live the life that we live.  They do a great job and we’re grateful to them.”   Later, he added “You always hear comparisons between football and these guys, which are totally unfair.  They are playing real life; we’re playing a game.”

The Chiefs actually spend a lot of time during OTAs making visits and appearances like this.   I’m proud to be a part of such a first class organization.