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The 2015 Fluid Employee of the Year Is...

DSC_0047Choosing the Fluid Employee of the Year is no cake walk. Not because we lack good candidates – but because we have so many great candidates! We take the selection process very seriously. We tie it directly to our cultural values and our 8 core values (a.k.a. our Power Words) of Family, Strength, Dedication, Accountability, High Performance, Fun, Compassion and Devotion.

There are no favorites here at Fluid – no politics – just a very real dialogue about what our employees have accomplished each month. Sometimes the process of selecting Employee of the Year is simply gut-wrenching because there are so many people who are passionate about what they do, work hard every day, and genuinely care about our clients and one another.

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And THIS is why we are so pleased to announce our 2015 Employee of the Year: A man who has earned this title over and over again, standing out even within this team of superstars.

Congratulations, Devin Kindred!

Devin’s role morphed and expanded in 2015. He started out as a senior engineer, then took on the role of Director of Client Services. If that wasn’t enough of a monumental increase in responsibility, he also took on the management of the Help Desk team and Service Ops.

Devin handled these changes with grace, dedication and a great attitude.

He treats clients with respect, works hard for them and is focused on enabling their businesses to grow.

DSC_0097Devin is always willing to help his colleagues with projects and tasks. He has a sixth sense about when a teammate might need a pick-me-up -- and even with everything on his plate, he finds the time to mentor new team members.

Here are just a few things Devin’s teammates had to say about him…

“I’m amazed at how quickly and efficiently he seems to deal with everything on his plate, and he always seems so non-stressed and unruffled.  I have a feeling he’s like a duck – calm on the surface but paddling like crazy below the water.” “If I had a dollar for every client who had positive feedback, pure respect and complete trust in Devin, I would be one wealthy lady. He helps our clients grow and succeed with so much care and pride in what they do and with what we do.”

“He is steady, reliable, and one of the hardest workers I have ever worked with. His positivity and charismatic attitude help lift everyone up around him.”

Thank you, Devin, for everything you do for our team and for our clients. We are lucky to have you!

Allen Americans Hockey Fluid Internal Event

Working at Fluid allows for so many great opportunities both inside and outside the workplace. At the Dallas Business Journal's Best Places to Work Luncheon last year, Wade won a suite for an Allen Americans Hockey game. Last night we cashed in on Wade's luck, called the event #FluidOnIce and went crazy when the dessert cart showed up. Our team knows how to have fun and really knows a thing or two about desserts. Unfortunately the Americans didn't win but lost in the most exciting way possible: a shootout. Not too shabby having our name on the door.

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DSC_0686The dessert cart was no joke and here is the line to prove it.

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It is always a great time when we are able to get together and enjoy events like these. Check out a few more #FluidOnIce photos on our Facebook page.

 

We Expanded! Welcome, Fluid New Hires Jaime and Jacob

The Fluid Family Just Had a Growth Spurt

It’s a good sign when the Fluid team expands. It means more small and medium-sized businesses in the Dallas area are growing, they’re realizing that they really need a trusted partner to manage their technological backbone – and we need to add more members to our team to make sure these businesses get the support they need. The hiring process is never a quick one for us. We look for a combination of smarts, experience and the kind of personality that doesn’t cringe at the thought of going to a superhero movie for a team event. New employees must also be able to stand our special way of doing fitness challenges… FluidFit We’re happy to say we’ve recently found two new unique matches for our unique team. Drumroll please…

The Fantastic Jaime Fuerman

DSC_0182Jaime Fuerman has a solid track record of experience in sales, marketing, staffing and business development. We needed someone who could get to know our customers and learn their businesses inside and out, and this is where Jaime shines. “My goal as a business development manager is to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for our clients and the local market so we can better understand their needs and continue to add value to their businesses,” Jaime shared. “By better understanding how their companies operate, I get to know what those businesses really need, want and value – and I can be a trusted resource for them.” Jaime believes a successful company is all about the people. She cares about her customers and has a genuine interest in getting to know them and their businesses so she can help them grow and succeed. So when we asked her what sold her on the Fluid team, it’s no surprise that she responded, “The way they believe in doing business, their genuine commitment to their clients’ success, and most importantly the people.” Apparently we charmed Jaime as much as she charmed us during the interview process. Because no Fluid getting-to-know-you interview is complete without us asking an embarrassing personal question, we asked Jaime to tell us something funny about herself. She said, “I love to dance, but I’m terrible at it. I always end up embarrassing myself.” Motivated, customer-focused and utterly charming. It’s really too bad Jaime is a Sooners fan.

The Captivating Jacob Caramanna

DSC_0163When we needed some extra help-desk and customer support, Jacob Caramanna fit the bill nicely. He believes in trust, respect and mutual gain, and his ultimate goal is for our customers to be able to speak with him on a first-name basis. “I want Fluid’s clients to know that no matter what the issue is, if they pick up the phone then that problem will be resolved,” he told us. “I work hard to learn and progress both professionally as well as personally. If I don’t have the answers then I make it my priority to learn and find out.” Though Jacob is a full-time student earning a bachelor’s degree in networking and server administration, he is one of our most life-experienced new hires. He served in the Navy for 6 years as a radar technician, an intense job that taught him how to adapt and work well under pressure. When Jacob isn’t helping Fluid customers solve their pressing technology problems, he’s looking up toward the heavens. “I am a huge astronomy nerd. An all-around nerd, for that matter,” he said. “I love music, movies, games, reading and anything that lets me interact with others. I actually didn’t learn to read until I was nine, though, because when people read to me, I could memorize what they said. Yeah, it took my teachers three years to figure that one out.” Jacob, you’ll fit in nicely with this funny, geeky bunch. Want to welcome our new hires personally? Tweet them and say hello at @fluiditservices.