Synergy Attends ChallengeHER Workshop

20th AnniversarySynergy Computer Solutions is always active in the Metro Detroit community. As a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) we work hard to further the movement of women in technology and advancing in other verticals within the workforce. This past week Synergy’s Rene’ Bryant represented our organization at the ChallengeHER summit at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. ChallengeHer focuses on opportunities for women in federal contracting. The idea behind the program is to level the playing field and assist women in competing for government contracts. The group accomplishes this goal by familiarizing its participants with various programs such as the Women Owned Small Business Set Aside and educating individuals on the finer aspects of obtaining a government contract.  The August 9th event was no exception.

 

The early part of the morning was spent discussing how to create set-asides through utilizing WOSB with Pamela Thompson of the Procurement Center of the U.S. Small Business Association. This session was followed up with an amazing panel discussing working with federal buyers.  The three person panel consisting of the aforementioned Pamela Thompson, Bonita Carroll (Deputy for Small Business, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), and Jeanne Schabath, (Small Business Senior Buyer, General Dynamics Land Systems) all helped answer any questions event participants had about how to deal with, how to research for, and how to effectively market to government entities in order to win  a contract.

 

With multiple representatives from various local government agencies in attendance, the ChallengeHER event was also a useful networking event for all of the ladies in attendance. All in all, Synergy had a wonderful time at the seminar and would like to commend the sponsors of the event both locally and nationally for putting on such a value-added production. Supporting the advancement of women in government contracting? WE DO THAT!

Matt’s Five Year Anniversary

chicago teamAt Synergy Computer Solutions we pride ourselves on our positive working environment and loyalty to our employees. Synergy believes that when you invest in your employees, they will invest in you. That is why we are excited to celebrate Matt Petrusha’s 5-year anniversary with Synergy.

Matt’s Synergy story is a unique one in that it began before he even entered the work force. For two straight summers in college, Matt interned for us working closely with accounting to learn the financial aspect of the company. During this time Matt became more familiar with our processes as they pertained to fiscal procedure and processes. He did such an outstanding job that when the expansion of the Chicago office coincided with his graduation, Synergy jumped at the opportunity. “I was looking to get out of Michigan, and Chicago offered a different vibe and the big city feel I was looking for.”

Since then Matt has not looked back. Embracing the challenging yet diverse business environment that Chicago provides, Matt has found success in the Second City. After starting as a Sales Associate, Matt proved he was a major asset to the Chicago office and the Synergy organization. After two years of sustained success he was promoted to his current role of Account Executive. Matt could not be happier at Synergy Computer Solutions, citing that he thoroughly enjoys working with Bruce Gracz, Area Sales Manager, and Sridhar Reddy, Director of Global Deliver and Solutions. “They have been great mentors.”

Matt continued, “Bruce and Reddy have instilled the confidence in me to learn and work on my own. The entire management team from top to bottom is very accessible and I love that about Synergy.”

In the future, Matt would like to see Synergy Chicago become an office structured much like the Detroit HQ office. At the rate he and the team out in Illinois are going, that goal could very well be in reach. Congratulations Matt, thanks for all you do, and here’s to many more successful years to come!

Synergy Spotlight: Sridhar Reddy

 

“It is a great feeling knowing you have the independence to establish your own direction.” This is what Sridhar Reddy commented when asked why he loved working for Synergy Computer Solutions; it’s this flexibility that has led to his continued success, within Synergy and in the IT industry.  Sridhar Reddy has been with Synergy for 20 wonderful years and has done just about everything from working in the field, at a client site; in the office supporting different initiatives and now as an executive.

34f9fa37-88b5-4305-949b-fe07f1ee28ca-largeSridhar Reddy currently holds the position of Synergy’s Director of Global Delivery and Solutions. He is involved with various aspects of Synergy, the majority of which focus on the creation, development, implementation and delivery of Synergy Computer Solutions’ I
T resources and packaged solutions.  Reddy has also participated in new product presentations and demonstrations for potential customers. Moreover he serves as the point of contact and moderator between the Offshore Development Center and our Synergy employees both in the office and in the field.

Sridhar Reddy studied Biomedical Engineering in his native country of India. Upon graduation he traveled to America to pursue his Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. It was at this time Reddy would meet Sridhar Guduguntla via a mutual friend at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This relationship would prove valuable after his experiences at University of Miami.  Reddy would continue on to receive his PHD from the University of Miami in the same field.  During his PHD studies Reddy became proficient in another art as well. While preforming various aspects of his research it was necessary to conduct his own programming, thus, the more research that was needed the more he programmed. Reddy became extremely proficient in the art of programming

Upon graduating with his Doctorate Reddy put his plethora of programming experience to use and became an independent IT consultant. After various successful projects with multiple clients, Reddy received a call from Mr. Guduguntla asking if he would like to become a part of his next project, Synergy Computer Solutions. From there the rest is history. Reddy has done everything from running wires to get the Chicago office online to serving as a senior consultant and has even has done work as a field consultant. Reddy truly is the embodiment of putting Synergy first and doing what needs to be done to help our company.

Reddy stated “The Technology Industry has jumped so much, and the learning curve is much steeper,” “No other field has grown as fast as IT and maintaining trends is a huge challenge.” Reddy has not only helped Synergy keep pace with these changes, but has kept our company ahead of the curve. Working closely with our Off Shore resources, he has been able to solve many IT problems, something he attributes to the freedom Synergy provides.

We would like to thank Reddy for his outstanding performance over these last twenty years, and look forward to celebrating 20 more. His dedication to this company is second to none and one of the reasons why Synergy remains a step above.

Synergy Cares

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The saying goes that the holidays are all about giving. If this is truly the case then Synergy Computer Solutions was surely in the holiday spirit for 2015. Not only did Synergy’s employees continue to perform community service that they do independent of the organization, but the company itself made sure others around Detroit had a safe, and happy holiday season.

Organized by Synergy’s Recruiting Manager, Marina Hart, Synergy Computer Solutions “adopted” a family of five for the 2015 holiday season. Being fortunate enough to have this opportunity, Synergy pulled out all the stops to ensure that this family’s Christmas was a merry one. Everything form jeans to scarves, socks to assuring the family had a Christmas dinner, Synergy Computer Solutions provided essential items and made sure there were plenty tidings of comfort and quite a bit of joy in the home of this family – and we could not be happier we had the opportunity to do so.

IMG_2578Synergy, however, did not stop there. As our company has done for the previous two years, we continued the holiday tradition of working with the Detroit Rescue Mission: a ministry-sponsored homeless shelter with multiple locations in the downtown area. In years past, our company has done everything from volunteering in the kitchen to helping feed individuals at the shelter, and has even made monetary donations. This year Synergy donated over 30 blankets to ensure we could spread the warmth for those in need and allow the less fortunate a chance at a hot meal and a warm bed.

No matter the time, Synergy will continue to make a concerted effort to have a positive effect on the Metro Detroit community. Be it through the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council or through community service, Synergy Computer Solutions is and will continue to be active in our community. It does not matter if it’s the holidays or the summer time, Synergy cares.

Make Recurting Personal Again.

With the speed that everything moves now a days its easy to forget that recruiting and hiring is supposed to be a fairly personal process. automated services have caused some larger corporations to lose sight of this fact. modern day web submittals, key work filters, and large ATS systems have made the modern day hiring process feel like a meat grinder operation. All hope is not lost. Companies like Synergy Computer Solutions make sure that we get to know each and everyone of our employees and our clients. We find that needle in the haystack talent and submit only the best candidates to our customers so that we can assure that both our employees and our customers happy and successful. This article by Liz Ryan hit the nail on the head. Join Synergy and help make recruiting a personal experience again!https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140822075741-52594-how-technology-killed-recruiting?trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A3642256891439383907825%2CVSRPtargetId%3A5908430255722348544%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary&trk=vsrp_influencer_content_res_name