MACRO.CCS is proud to sponsor the involvement of our employees in their charitable endeavors and encourage all our team members to get involved in the community in any way they can. Here’s a glimpse at some of the charitable events MACRO.CCS employees will be involved in this spring:
Most of you probably don’t know this, but Bellevue-office team member Kevin Reiman is an ace on the soccer field. Before moving into the world of technology and recruitment, Kevin spent time playing professionally with the Real Salt Lake Team out of Utah, and later as an assistant coach at USMC. While his day-to-day work life now focuses on meeting top tier IT support and infrastructure talent, he still finds ways to stay involved in the Soccer world.
Case in point, his involvement in next weekend’s Cap Hill Soccer Jam.
The Cap Hill Soccer Jam is a 4×4 street soccer tournament that uses the power of soccer to combat homelessness across the United States. All proceeds of the tournament go to Street Soccer USA, which views homelessness as a breakdown in community, and looks at soccer as a way promote a positive and supportive atmosphere to rebuild those otherwise lost community connections. Money raised at this event will provide coverage for registration fee’s, travel, and equipment needs for homeless soccer players to be a part of city-wide teams/leagues, learn essential life skills, and be exposed to rehabilitation programs throughout Seattle. For more information about this cause, go to: http://www.caphillsoccerjam.org/about/
Down in our Los Angeles office, our California Account Manager, Kelsey Searles, will be participating in Pedal on the Pier , on June 2nd, with her team Tour de Philanthropolis. At this event, teams share a stationery bike posted up on the Santa Monica Pier, and take turns pedaling a total of 100 miles in 5 hours (can you say bruised bums?!)
Teams raise money to reserve their bikes, and all funds raised by the teams will benefit the Harold Robinson Foundation. This organization helps keep inner-city kids off the streets during the summers by sending them off to summer camps, where they can obtain value life experiences around making new friends, team building, risk-taking, creativity, not to mentioned – just having a good, safe, time. For more information on this event and the Harold Robinson Foundation, click here: http://pedalonthepier.haroldrobinsonfoundation.org/
Our founder, Marjie Peterson, has always held an active position in the business community over the years. From serving as President, and later Chairman of the Board, for TechServe Alliance, to her involvement in groups like the Association of Women in Computing, the Society of Information Management, and the former Data Processing Management Association, where Marjie has helped support technology, employment, and small business initiatives. And that’s just to name a few!
Next week, on May 7th & 8th, Peterson will join the voices of Washington small business at the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Spring Board meeting at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
AWB acts as a Chamber of Commerce on State issues, interfacing with the state legislature to ensure the needs of small business are understood when new legislation is proposed.
A member of this organization since 1994, Peterson became active in 1998 when AWB joined Washington State Digital Media Alliance (now Washington Technology Industry Associates) in urging the legislature to make Washington State overtime laws consistent with federal laws. She soon after joined the Board of Directors of this business focused organization.
Photo via Aaron Crow
For those not in the know, California branch manager, Kelsey Searles, does a lot of work in the e-commerce arena. With one side of her family thoroughly embedded in the retail industry, and the other side in technology, this was a natural direction for her career.
Those that work in e-commerce technology know, this is an area that is constantly evolving and improving. So, in order to stay on top of those changes and the latest technologies in web development, Kelsey has to stay pretty active in the user community. Yeah, TechCrunch, RISNews, and Wikipedia are useful, but you never learn from these sites quite as well as you do straight from the source: the developers themselves.
This month, Kelsey will be helping to host LA High Scalability Group’s next event on August 21st:
The event will feature speaker Robert Vandehey from Rovi, who will be talking about his experience in migrating .Net/memcache/SQL to Java/Linux/Hadoop/Mongo (though you probably already guessed that from the event title!)
The event starts at 7pm and is going down at Factual Inc., which is right next to the Century City mall on Avenue of the Stars. Factual has ever so graciously agreed to not only provide the meeting space, but also food and drinks for the group (THANK YOU!)
Directions and more details on the event are available on the MeetUp group website.
Come join and learn something new
While we tend to promote ourselves as technology generalists, working with technical and functional folks of all varieties in the IT industry, one area where we’ve had a lot of success has been Oracle.
Granted, that’s a rather broad area. Oracle is a behemoth company that encompasses many different hardware systems and software products. But as a generalist firm that works in ton of different industries, we have touched on a lot of Oracle products and thus are always looking to expand our Oracle knowledge and networks.
That’s where the 2012 Northwest Oracle User Group Conference comes into play.
Next Monday, August 6th, we’re shipping off our company President (Marjie) to Portland to meet some new Oracle people and learn some new Oracle things.
The event takes place at the Downtown Portland Waterfront Marriott and has four different ‘tracks’ tailored to each sector of professionals that will be attending: Application Track (i.e. EBS), Technical Track (i.e. Systems and Databases), Vendor Track, and the Oracle Corporation Track.
Considering attending to learn something new & hobnob with Marjie? Check out the conference page here.
Hope to see you there!
PS: To read about some of our recent projects with Oracle and other application technologies, check out our website here.
As of February 1st, 2012 our Los Angeles office will be located in the Miracle Mile district on Wilshire Blvd.
Our new address will be:
6535 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 253
Los Angeles, CA 90048
We look forward to showing off our new space with you!
PS: 2-hr Parking will be available for visitors on Sweetzer.
Our snazzy new digs: built in 1951 to house a prestigious law firm in LA's Miracle Mile District.