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Worthwhile Launches Custom Software For Athene Annuity

W-NEWWorthwhile has launched a custom web-based business processing platform for Athene Annuity that will make it more efficient to incorporate annuity suitability reviews into their new business workflow.

Athene Annuity’s Compliance department will use this software to increase the speed and efficiency of annuity suitability reviews, which determine whether a particular annuity is appropriate given a client’s financial situation and long-term goals.

The system uses Athene Annuity’s business logic to automatically flag any applications that need further suitability review, while more quickly processing those that meet the company’s criteria.

“We are pleased with this user-friendly, web-based platform,” said Alex Holloman III, director of annuity suitability for Athene Annuity. “It permits multiple-user interaction in a secure environment without system constraints, allowing our Compliance department to make real-time decisions that streamline workflow and accelerate processing. “

Worthwhile designed and developed this custom software in its Greenville headquarters, tailoring it along to way to adhere to Athene Annuity’s existing business processes and network security requirements.

“We love solving business challenges,” Worthwhile CEO Dan Rundle said, “and it’s exciting to see work we do making an impact to make Athene Annuity more efficient and able to serve their customers even better.”

via Worthwhile

Cyber Saturday Seeks Volunteers November 16

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IT-oLogy is looking for one or two volunteers to assist with the programming, and one to assist with registration/miscellaneous for their free computing event for Middle School kids, Cyber Saturday, on November 16, 2013 from 9AM to 12PM.

The topic for the November Cyber Saturday is “Gumball Drum Machine.” The volunteer would need a laptop loaded with the free Gumball Drum Machine software (and webcam) and some working knowledge of Visual Basic. The delivery guide of Gumball Drum Machine can be seen here. Volunteers have the opportunity to review the software between the 12th and 16th.

Contact Jill Dugaw at 864.908.8633.

Encore Completes Move to Greenville

images (2)Encore Technology Group today announced that the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Greenville, SC is nearing completion. The company’s Easley-based team members have been moving into the new 10,000 sq. ft. space in Greenville this week, and the office is expected to be fully staffed and operational on Friday, November 1. The relocation of Encore’s headquarters from Easley to Greenville is rooted in its commitment to customers, partners and employees, and positions Encore for further growth on a national scale.

The new office, located within a modern business complex, is nearly double the size of Encore’s previous headquarters in Easley, giving the company ample room for new hires as it continues to expand at a rapid pace. The complex provide lifestyle advantages, including a fitness room and access to the city’s many trails and greenways, which will enable Encore to continue attracting and retaining top talent to service its ever-growing customer base. The new office also facilitates the extension of Encore’s Support Center hours by five hours daily.

Following the completion of this week’s move, the city of Easley, SC, will remain home to an Encore warehouse and logistics support team. In addition to Greenville and Easley, Encore has facilities in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC, Raleigh, NC, and Southfield, MI.

The relocation to Greenville follows approximately nine months after the Technology Solutions and Cloud Services Divisions of Computer Software Innovations (CSI) were spun off from CSI, which was acquired by N. Harris Computer Corporation in November 2012. Encore Technology Group was established as a separate, privately held entity on February 14, 2013.

“Since February, in addition to supporting existing customers and tapping into the competencies we culled from our many years under the CSI umbrella, we’ve also been running full-speed-ahead with growth efforts,” said Chris Powell, CEO of Encore Technology Group. “I’m very proud of the entire Encore team, not only for making this a seamless move for everyone, but also for all that we’ve accomplished since taking the reins in February.”

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KI Logistics Locating New Operations at Matrix Technology Park

gadc_logo_2c_3dKI Logistics, a subsidiary of global logistics leader and innovator Kimura, Inc., today announced that it will establish its new North American headquarters and a major logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County. The $11.5 million investment is expected to generate as many as 149 new jobs over the next several years.

“Our mission is to provide leading edge logistics capabilities, superior customer service, operational excellence and rapid delivery to support manufacturing customers in industries including automotive, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and general industry arenas,” said Harry Chase, Vice President of Logistics for KI Logistics. “We are extremely pleased to establish our new operations here in Greenville County, and very appreciative for the support and leadership of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, South Carolina Department of Commerce and others who assisted in making this announcement a reality.”

KI Logistics will build its custom facility at The Matrix, encompassing approximately 206,000 square feet initially with the option to expand the facility in the future.  The company will hold a private groundbreaking at the site on November 12 and expects to begin operations at the completed facility in July 2014.

Parent company Kimura Inc. already operates a 70,000 square foot facility in Laurens, SC which manufactures steel containers and racks, primarily for the automotive market, Chase noted.  Yet the century-old organization is best known for its leading-edge expertise in logistics and distribution, serving as a preferred partner for such leading organizations as Drive Automotive, JTEKT and Toyota, the latter which it serves in numerous countries around the world.

“Our systems are based on a culture of continuous improvement to enhance results while lowering costs for customers,” said Chase. “We intend to make this facility a showcase of our expertise, efficiently assisting clients in optimizing their supply chain and operations while teaching and training a new generation of associates to embrace the lean tools and processes we embrace organizationally.  We believe Upstate South Carolina is the ideal location to attract and retain the workforce, and the customers, that we want.”

“We are delighted that Kimura is expanding its presence in our state with the addition of KI Logistics’ new facility, creating more than 100 jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Our state is equipped with all the right assets for logistics providers to succeed – deep-water port facilities, efficient highways and rail systems. We welcome KI Logistics to Greenville.”

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $500 million in capital investment and more than 4,000 jobs in the warehouse and distribution sector.

“The transportation, distribution and logistics sector is among the fastest-growing industry segments today,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Companies view South Carolina as the ideal place for getting their products to market, and we are pleased to see Kimura successfully grow in our state with the addition of KI Logistics.”

KI Logistics’ expansion into South Carolina allows the organization to “add capabilities and enhance responsiveness to regional customers,” said Chase.  “We see tremendous opportunity to grow our business in the Southeast, and to create quality jobs here in response to growing demand for leading edge logistics applications and supply chain enhancements.”

“KI Logistics is a wonderful example of an international business that is using world-class technologies and lean processes to expand their brand in the Upstate,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, board member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and chairman of Greenville County Council.  “The company is a globally respected business focused on innovation and known for its community involvement, and we welcome them to Greenville County.”

KI Logistics will shortly begin working with readySC in the recruiting and training of associates.  Persons interested in being considered for positions including support technicians, customer service representatives, team technicians and forklift drivers should contact their local readySC office or visit them.

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GSATC Learning Lunch: Lessons In Entrepreneurship

Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Jerry Barber

GSATC Learning Lunch

with guest speaker: Jerry Barber, Founder and CEO, Barber Wind

If you live in Upstate South Carolina, you may well know local Jerry Barber for inventing a number of amusement park rides. His path to creating the 2nd largest amusement ride company in the United States includes a stint as a high school physics, chemistry and biology teacher.

Barber’s free-fall rides are known as “Tower of Terror” in Disney parks, “Drop Tower” at Carowinds and King’s Dominion and “Demon Drop” at Cedar Point in Ohio.

At something over 70 years old, he now holds 51 patents and has owned and operated at least 10 companies.

His latest project is a wind turbine concept with five pending U.S. patents and eight pending international patents called the Wind Wheel.

Jerry is an active “go to” entrepreneur if you are looking for ideas and inspiration. At our November lunch he is going to tell some of his story and reflect on some of the things that have worked, some that have not, and share some of his lessons learned on the entrepreneur’s path.

Join us in November for a GSATC Learning Lunch with Jerry Barber, Founder and CEO of Barber Wind.


11:30 – 11:55 Registration, Networking, Lunch
11:55 – 12:10 Announcements
12:10 – 12:50 Presentation
12:50 – 1:00 Door Prizes, Adjourn

This meeting is held at the Embassy Suites and features easy access from I-385, plenty of free parking, ample networking opportunities, a great presentation, and door prizes. Plan to attend.

Onsite registration is available. Lunch is $30 at the door.

About our Speaker:

Jerry BarberJerry Barber is an alumnus of Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in physics, chemistry and comprehensive science. His graduate studies were at Bowling Green University. He started, owned, and operated the 2nd largest amusement ride manufacturing company in the U.S. for 18 years. He invented over 50 U.S. patents, 22 of which have been produced commercially. His patents cover a fields from military to child safety. Currently, he is using his knowledge and expertise from the ride industry to engineer and manufacture a wind turbine without a gearbox. This technology could change the face of the wind industry.
Read more about Jerry’s fascinating beginnings and life in this article.


EDTS Adds Two IT Engineers to Support Team

edtsEDTS, a full-service technology consulting firm specializing in network security and managed IT services for Southeastern business, has added John Madison and Brock Barth as Support Engineers on its rapidly growing team.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Madison has over 6 years of professional information technology experience in business-to-business environments, specializing in network management and Microsoft systems. A Cisco Certified Network Professional and Microsoft Certified in Server Administration, he holds additional certifications from CompTIA in IT security and network management. Prior to joining EDTS, Mr. Madison worked with ITT Exelis, an aerospace, technology and security company. He is a graduate of Augusta Technical College.

Mr. Barth joins EDTS after serving in IT support and client service for Pollock Company, one of the largest independent document management solution providers in the Southeast. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Southern University, and is a native of Dade City, FL.

As support engineers, both Mr. Madison and Mr. Barth will help EDTS customers increase productivity and reduce cost associated with information technology by ensuring that critical IT systems are available, optimized, and secure. They will operate across the firm’s Augusta, Columbia and Greenville office footprints.

“John and Brock are skilled and talented IT professionals with an excellent work ethic and a customer-first approach, and are a welcome addition to the EDTS team,” said Charles Johnson, EDTS CEO. “We constantly seek to hire the best available talent to serve the expanding needs of customers, and they will play an important role in that strategy.”

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SYNNEX Corporation Named One of the Top Ten “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” for Third Consecutive Year

synnexSYNNEX Corporation, a leading distributor of IT products and services with its US distribution headquarters located in Greenville, South Carolina, has been named one of the top ten “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” for the third year in a row in the large company (250+ associates) category.

SYNNEX was selected for creating a positive and healthy work environment, engaging associates on a regular basis, creating loyal associates who believe in its products and services and for its supervisors fostering constructive relationships with team members. SYNNEX was recognized October 8, 2013, at the Best Places to Work in South Carolina awards ceremony in Columbia, SC.

“We are honored to be named one of the top ten Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the third year in a row,” said Peter Larocque, President, US Distribution, SYNNEX Corporation. “At SYNNEX, our associates are our number one priority, and we are pleased to know that they value our efforts to create a positive, healthy and rewarding work environment. Our associates produce some of the best service and results in our industry, and working with them is truly a pleasure.”

SYNNEX opened its Greenville office in 1998 and has since grown its staff in Greenville to more than 500 associates. The company recently celebrated 105 consecutive profitable quarters, equating to more than 26 years of consistent profitability. SYNNEX supports philanthropies throughout the state including Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, March of Dimes March for Babies and its own charity initiative, SYNNEX Share the Magic, which raises money for children suffering from illness, neglect or abuse and benefits Make-A-Wish South Carolina, Pendleton Place for Children and Families, A Child’s Haven and Clement’s Kindness.

The Best Places to Work in South Carolina is an annual list presented by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and SCBIZ magazine. The statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the top 40 best places of employment in South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group evaluated the data collected from the participating companies and used its expertise to determine the final rankings.

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Proterra Closes More than $24M in Series C Investment

ProterraProterra Inc., the leading provider of the most cost effective zero emission battery electric bus, has closed more than $24 million in Series C financing round amid rising demand for its transit solutions. Support for this round of funding was bolstered by Proterra’s projected 225 percent revenue growth for the close of 2013.

This round of funding included two new strategic electric industry investors, Edison Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Edison International and Constellation. Edison and Constellation join Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GM Ventures, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Inc., Vision Ridge Partners, Hennessey Capital and 88 Green Ventures to complete the round. In conjunction with the investment closing, Bert Valdman, President of Edison Energy, and Michael Smith, Vice President and Head of Technology Ventures for Constellation will serve as observers to Proterra’s Board.

The addition of these new electric industry funding partners is a critical development for Proterra, which is actively working with utility companies to develop strategies to optimize EV buses to leverage grid power distribution and ensure low cost energy alternatives. Proterra’s investors already include many top sustainable technology funding companies and automotive manufacturers, giving the company a competitive edge in terms of expertise and intellectual capital.

Proterra will use Series C proceeds to fund production growth and product development efforts to keep pace with booming demand.

“The benefits of EV mass transit are compelling to a wide range of audiences,” said Garrett Mikita, chief executive officer, Proterra Inc. “It offers significant cost savings to transit agencies; drastically reduces fuel consumption, air and noise pollution; and improves the quality of life of the communities it serves. This round of funding is not only an acknowledgement of the strength of the company and the industry, but of Proterra’s commitment to leadership and working with all key stakeholders, including the power supply industry, to create the most effective and efficient transit solutions on the market.”

SBDC Holds Workshop to Inform Upstate Businesses of Opportunities

Clemson SBDCThe annual spend for goods and services by just a few local organizations easily tops $100 million. The question is “Are you getting your share?” This program is presented by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to inform Upstate businesses of the size and types of opportunities that may be available to help grow revenue and diversify their customer base.

Presenters from Greenville Health System, Clemson University, School District of Greenville County and SC DOT will share how to learn about opportunities, and how to respond effectively. The role of Minority/Female Certification programs will be discussed for various buying entities. Also, Doug Lineberry of McNair Law Firm will discuss protecting your business and your Intellectual Property when working with Government entities.

The workshop will be held at Clemson at the Falls at 55 East Camperdown Way in Greenville on Thursday, October 3, Beginning with networking and refreshments at 8:30 AM. The program will conclude by 12 Noon. Free parking is available on-site for this program.

The investment required for this program is $25. Information and registration is available here.

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EDTS Named to the 2013 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

edtsEDTS, a full-service technology consulting firm specializing in networking, security and managed IT services for Southeastern businesses, has been named to the 2013 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. The annual list features the fastest-growing solution providers in the technology industry based on two years’ growth of net sales from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2012.

Fast Growth 150 companies are considered some of the best and brightest of the technology channel — companies that have managed to fight strong economic headwinds to achieve impressive revenue growth over the past two years.

“Despite the challenges of an evolving market, these Fast Growth companies demonstrate an unmatched ability to nimbly and effectively respond to market demands, fulfill customer needs and remain steadfast in their commitment to innovation,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of CRN. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the successful companies that keep the channel top of mind and serve as an example for the rest of the market.”

The solution providers on this year’s Fast Growth 150 list have just short of $24 billion in combined annual revenue, up from $21.1 billion last year, $10.4 billion in 2011 and $5.3 billion in 2010.

“This honor reinforces a growing national recognition of EDTS and is directly attributed to our staff’s focus on delivering IT services at the highest level possible,” said Charles Johnson, CEO of EDTS. “All of us at EDTS are proud to have attained this top national ranking as we work each day to keep client networks protected, optimized, and running at peak performance.”

To be eligible, companies must be headquartered in North America; founded before December 31, 2009; be an independent company; and have a primary business as an IT solution provider, not a vendor or distributor.

CRN Is a market leader in channel news, business intelligence, and strategy for the North American IT channel. Its multi-media platform includes a magazine, website and tablet app or mobile to reach channel audiences however they want to engage.

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