Each year, the Outside-In® Companies have an annual theme to help communicate openly about the priorities of the business with everyone on the team. Coming off of a very ‘heady’ theme last year with the Outside-In® Happiness Project, this year we decided to reel it back in. For us, 2014 is the year of Field of Dreams, inspired by the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner.
“This year’s theme is about playing the game, building something great, and having something that all “3 Customers” can easily identify with,” said our President Chris Burkhard when asked about the annual theme. “Not everyone is a sports person but baseball is America’s game and people get it. Whether you watch the Major Leagues, played the game yourself, use the “3 strikes” mentality, eat peanuts & cracker jacks or have kids in a t-ball league, everyone relates to baseball.”
This year is also a special one for the movie itself, as it marks the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams’ release. Kevin Costner joined other cast members and fans at the site of filming in Dyersville, Iowa for a 3-day 25th anniversary celebration festival this past Father’s Day weekend. This iconic film is held in the hearts of many, especially those that related to the father-son themes prominent in the movie. Costner, who attended the celebration with his family, told Bob Costas of the Today Show, “Field of Dreams” remains deeply meaningful to him. “I get a chance to bring my three little kids here. It’s really good full circle for me that this movie lives so long.”
We’ve brought new life to the movie by using the story, its themes, and baseball to support our company’s communication in the first half of this year. So cheers to you Field of Dreams – for inspiring so many, including us over the last 25 years!
Last Thursday, we held our second Outside-In® Talent Seminar of 2014,Trends of the Contingent Workforce. Business professionals and knowledge-seeking individuals joined us at Newark’s own Klondike Kates for some hand shaking, a hot breakfast, and a very illuminating discussion.
Founder and CEO of the Outside-In® Companies, Chris Burkhard, led the conference on the realities of todays evolving workforce. Through discussing the outlooks of the three different age brackets, Chris illustrated how the nature of employment is evolving, and how the workforce (people) and the structure of work (business) are rapidly changing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there are now 2.78 million contract and temp workers in the U.S.—an all time high! This increase proves that a structural shift is occurring as the career system is quickly evolving.
Many of our guests provided positive feedback about Chris’s natural ability to public speak as well as the networking and intriguing discussions that occurred afterwards. “I appreciated the upbeat atmosphere and the opportunity to meet some different folks from the community,” said Patricia Dill. “Chris’s comments were interesting and thought provoking. My daughter and her beau are in the demographic he discussed and they are both seeking work that is meaningful. They want whatever they end up doing to have an impact in addition to paying the bills.”
Interested in attending our Outside-In® Talent Seminars? We’ll be offering eight more seminars this year, continuing Thursday, March 27th with The Importance of Planning your Workforce and Working your Talent Plan, presented by Outside-In® Group Lead Lisa Van Ess. Join us for a valuable discussion on the steps and strategies Talent Acquisition and Talent Management professionals should take to move upward and onward from “reactivity” to “proactivity”. Get your tickets here.
On Thursday, we held our first Outside-In® Talent Seminar of 2014, 27 Factors of Talent Strategy. Business professionals and knowledge-seeking individuals joined us in our Wilmington office for some hand shaking, a hot breakfast, and some good old fashioned learning.
Sales Lead and Founder of the outplacement and career coaching firm Barton Career Advisors, Chris Barton, led the conference on the factors that influence talent acquisition and recruitment effectiveness today. The highly-sought after talent expert kicked off the active discussion through illustrating how to throw away the dreaded SWOT assessment and implement more effective tools to improve recruitment practices. Barton also spoke about how company culture, strategic plans, and employment brand all affect the structure of your talent organization.
Barton also shared several statistics that listed top pressures in talent acquisition and how they are affecting employers. For example, one statistic depicted that 39% of US employers are currently experiencing difficulty filling jobs. The discussion then turned to describing the cutting-edge sourcing strategies and people practices used to overcome these talent shortages.
Interested in attending our Outside-In® Talent Seminars? We’ll be offering nine more seminars this year, continuing Thursday, February 27th with Trends of The Contingent Workforce, presented by Outside-In® Founder & CEO Chris Burkhard. Join us for a valuable discussion on the exciting evolution that is taking place in the working world today! Get your tickets here.
Philadelphia SmartCEO Honored Fast-Growth Companies at its 2014 Future 50 Awards Ceremony, Jan. 16 More than 550 Philadelphia executives joined Philadelphia SmartCEO in celebrating 60 of Greater Philadelphia’s fastest-growing companies.
Philadelphia, PA (Jan. 17, 2014) — Philadelphia SmartCEO honored the 2014 Future 50 award winners at a basketball-themed awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Drexelbrook. Sixty Greater Philadelphia companies were recognized for their fast-growth based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth. In all, 55 mid-sized Future 50 companies and five large Blue Chip companies were recognized in the program. The 2014 Future 50 winners collectively generate $3.2 billion in annual revenue and employ 10,412 individuals in the Greater Philadelphia area.
The Outside-In® Companies were among the sixty Philadelphia-area companies honored on Thursday evening. Chris Burkhard accepted the award on behalf of CBI Group and Placers. (The award was officially announced before Barton Career Advisors was an Outside-In® Company) See below for a complete list of winners. For more information on the Future 50 winners, visit www.smartceo.com to view the digital edition of the January 2014 issue.
“The companies we honored this year are growing in spite of the economic hardships we have all been facing. These companies are investing in themselves, investing in their people and rising above the rest. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated because they are moving the economy and the region forward,” says Rick Crane, regional president of SmartCEO. “We are proud to recognize them for their achievements and growth.”
More than 550 executives, friends and family attended the black-tie-optional event to celebrate the winners and their achievements. The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and high-level networking. A seated dinner and video-packed awards ceremony followed to honor and celebrate the 2014 Future 50 Award Winners.
Chris was featured in the following video, which was among the many videos played during the ceremony.
SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. SmartCEO’s integrated media platforms reach decision makers in the Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, metropolitan areas. Nearly 50,000 offensive-minded, growth-oriented CEOs turn to SmartCEO magazine to find ideas and inspiration to help them grow their businesses. Each issue includes behind-the-scenes looks at local success stories, columns written by key opinion leaders and other resources to help the region’s middle-market CEOs conquer the daily challenges of running a business. SmartCEO magazine is published on a bimonthly basis with editions in four major markets: Baltimore SmartCEO, New York SmartCEO, Philadelphia SmartCEO and Washington SmartCEO.
About the Future 50 Awards
The Future 50 Awards program is the largest and most highly anticipated SmartCEO awards program of the year. This program recognizes 50 fast-growth, mid-sized companies in the region, five large Blue Chip companies and five small Emerging Growth companies. These companies represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit critical for leadership and success. The winners, chosen based on a three-year average of employee and revenue growth, are listed alphabetically, not ranked. The winners are profiled in the January/February issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in January.
2014 Philadelphia SmartCEO Future 50 Award Winners
Aavalar Consulting, Inc.
AnnieMac Home Mortgage
Arora Engineers, Inc.
Audience Partners, LLC
Brad’s Raw Foods
Closets By Design
The Dagit Group
Data Systems Analysts, Inc.
Fesnak and Associates LLP
Fox Chase Bank
Free For All, Inc.
Friday Architects/Planners, Inc
Gemini Building Systems, LLC
Gibraltar IT, LLC
Global Business Consulting Services, Inc. (GBCS)
H2 Contracting, LLC
Health Advocate, Inc.
Javan Engineering, Inc.
Juno Search Partners
Keystone Fire Protection Co.
Magellan Search & Staffing
Outside-In® Companies: CBI Group & Placers
Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc.
Praxis Data Systems
Providge Consulting, LLC
QuadGen Wireless Solutions, Inc.
Quality Data Services
Renavatio Healthcare Communications
RSI Content Solutions
Saturn Infotech Inc.
Shades of Paper Inc.
SLM – Facility Solutions Nationwide
Sovereign Security LLC
Specialized Education Services, Inc.
Tri-Force Consulting Services, Inc.
Unlimited Technology Inc.
Blue Chip Winners
AmeriQuest Business Services, Inc.
Radian Group Inc.
Have you ever seen a councilman sweat under the pressure of playing a larger-than-life game of Jenga? On Monday, we joined The Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership (GNEDP), local elected officials, and members of the business community for a chance to be kids again and to celebrate the business partnership of CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors.
A few months ago, we announced our official three-brand partnership under our shared values-based culture, Outside-In®. As Outside-In® Companies, we are united by a mindset that advocates putting the customer first in all scenarios, at all times. The companies’ consider our customers to include clients, internal employees, and even vendors.
In true Outside-In® fashion, we opted to have a “ribbon tying” in lieu of the traditional “ribbon cutting”, a literal representation of the merging of our brands to the public.
Mayor Polly Sierre and New Castle County Chamber Member/Incubator Tenant Matthew Doyle kicked off the ribbon tying by recognizing the Outside-In® Companies for its job-creating venture, contribution to the community, and charitable company culture.
However, our event was not all suits and ties. We humorously participated in a giant-sized Jenga game to encourage our guests to take positive social risks and network with our community. Part of our Outside-In® Family, Newark’s own Klondike Kates provided a picnic-style catering spread and exceptional Service to the Nth Degree.
Together under the Outside-In® name, CBI Group, Placers, and Barton Career Advisors continue to serve the national marketplace offering talent solutions in recruitment, staffing, and outplacement.
Join the Greater Newark Economic Development Partnership (GNEDP), local elected officials, and members of the business community on Monday, January 13th at 12 noon at CBI Group Headquarters in Newark to celebrate at our Ribbon Tying celebration!Please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance!
What? Outside-In® Companies will be hosting a ribbon tying event
When? Monday, January 13th at 12 noon
Where? CBI Group’s Newark Headquarters (Now the Outside-In® Companies Headquarters!): 1501 Casho Mill Road, Suite 9, Newark, DE 19711 – for Directions Click Here!
Chris Barton of the Outside-In® Companies was featured on the WDEL afternoon news on New Years Eve to discuss trends for jobs and the economy in 2014 with host Allan Loudell. Watch this video to hear a recording of his radio spot.
To listen to more WDEL radio podcasts, visit the WDEL website.
Guest blog spot by Caitlin Olszewski, Communications & Design Coordinator
When you’re a kid, Christmas is about as magical as it gets. (I have yet to see a unicorn, okay?) The fact that you go to bed with a belly full of apple pie and ice cream to wake up to toys and treasure underneath your tree is the highlight of the year. And parents, those behavioral Jedi mind tricks you can use on your kids while “the elves are watching” are truly miracles in themselves.
“What do you want for Christmas?” The question all of us were asked year-after-year by the red-velvet-clad cookie connoisseur sparked elaborate answers of Transformers, high-tech gadgets, and cavity-inducing candy. However, the moment you opened a present to unveil a pair of socks or the dreaded pack of underwear you immediately came to the conclusion that you were on the naughty list. What if you actually wanted those things and worried more about your cold toes than the latest toys? What if all you wanted for Christmas were simply things that you absolutely needed?
Each year, we partner with Delaware Social Service’s Adopt-a-Family Holiday Gift Assistance program. The program provides the sponsor with a brief description of the circumstances that led each family to the need for assistance. We survey through the available families looking to make their holiday season extra merry and bright. This year, when I was reading each informational bio, one family stuck out in particular.
A recently-singled father and his 7-year-old daughter were simply asking for a $200 gift card for groceries along with hats and scarves to brave the cold weather. So what did we do? We used our Service to the Nth Degree value to provide roughly $600 in gift cards to make their Christmas extraordinary. However, we all know that there’s nothing like the suspense and sound of ripping open wrapping paper on Christmas morning, so we set off to provide presents and various necessities for our family to make their holiday a little more Outside-In®.
Through working as a team and providing peace of mind for our adopted family this season, we helped keep the spirit of Christmas alive for them, as well as ourselves. No matter what you celebrate, I hope you can discover your own holiday magic this season and share it with those around you who truly need it.
Want to be a part of the Adopt-a-Family program next year? Click here for more information.