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Back to School with D.A. Blodgett's Backpack & School Supply Drive

Thursday, August 31, 2017
During July and August, the team at IT Resource collected school supplies for the D.A. Blodgett Backpack & School Supply Drive. We were very excited about the turnout and we think it’s fantastic to see our staff get involved with this very special and local cause.

Summer, especially August, can be a very busy time trying to fit in last minute trips and back to school shopping for our own children. But, it’s also a great time to think of those kids that are less fortunate, those who come from unstable or unsafe environments, and ways that we can help.

D.A. Blodgett recognizes that kids need to have the proper supplies so they can be successful and confident on their first day of school and throughout the entire year. This drive helps over 500 kids in the Grand Rapids area who are currently living in residential care, foster homes, shelter care, or whose families are in need of assistance. Each child will receive a new backpack filled with school supplies, helping them be comfortable and confident when they go back to school.

D.A. Blodgett has many ways individuals and businesses can support their local communities. From volunteering to fund drives, there’s a way for you to get involved, any time of the year! For more information on ways you can give, visit their website.

Building Healthy Kids and Strong Communities

Monday, August 07, 2017

Playgrounds bring families together and we've experienced firsthand, the positive effect they have on our town. We're especially partial to our friend Carter Oosterhouse for the work he's doing, not only in our local communities, but all over the country. 
This beautiful playground was built at the Grand Haven State Park, just minutes from our corporate office.

Carter's Kids builds playgrounds, healthy kids, and awesome community gathering spaces. This non-profit organization is dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces.

Another great Carter's Kids creations in Traverse City, MI

This playground was a great addition to the Holland, MI area. 

For the past three years we've sponsored and played in the Carter's Kids Charity Golf Outing, held at the LochenHeath Golf Club in Traverse City, MI. Not only is this event a blast to attend, but we love the cause. Seeing our donations go directly back into our local communities and benefitting kids makes this such a rewarding experience.

We sponsored a hole at the 2017 outing

A few times a year we make it a priority to take our IT hats off and do something good for those around us. It's a great feeling to be able to give back, especially when it involves doing something special for kids. As expected, this year's outing was great. We can't wait to see what lucky community is next on the list for a fantastic new playground. 

Gary and Leo are pictured with Carter Oosterhouse

We love getting out and helping in our local communities. Learn more about how we helped a large scale west Michigan car show by assisting in the setup of a small wireless network and providing internet and database access to a series of iPads. 

Meet Our New Director of Sales & Marketing

Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Please join us in welcoming our new Director of Sales and Marketing, Matthew Sullivan. Matthew brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the areas of leadership, sales, and marketing due to his past experiences in a variety of industries including automotive and workforce development. He also owned his own leadership and management development company for several years and has been teaching leadership skills to middle school students for twelve years.

While leading and mentoring people fuels his professional side, it's music and sports that support Matthew's creative side. Since he can't actually play a lick of music he has spent his time volunteering at a local radio station for the past 13 years. He's also coached youth baseball for over ten years and his teams have brought home a few Little League District 9 championships and one state championship. 

Despite having lived all over the country, including stints in Colorado, Idaho, and the Northeast, Matthew decided long ago that Michigan was the place he wanted to call home. He and his wife of 29 years have enjoyed raising their three children here and have recently become empty nesters.

"I’m really excited to be a part of the IT Resource team – and I’m humbled by the commitment and passion everyone at our company has for their profession and their customers," said Matthew. "I look at IT from the end-user’s perspective. Technology is supposed to make it easier for people to be productive, so when we push the “on” button we just want the technology to work. I feel like our team gets that idea and I'm looking forward to leaving my mark here."

Please help us welcome Matthew to the IT Resource team!

The Future of Banking + Technology :: Perry School of Banking

Monday, May 15, 2017
"Business drives technology towards the future and not vice versa!"

That was the message sent at this year's Perry School of Banking presentation by our Director of Technical Services, Andrew Smith. Andrew welcomed a classroom full of banking professionals and together they collaborated and explored a number of topics relating banking to the world of technology.

The Michigan Bankers Association is the force behind the Perry Schools of Banking, which they have designed to provide people with the specific skills needed to manage the functional areas of banking, as well as develop the ability to problem solve, work in teams and make decisions in a managerial setting.

While we work with customers in many different industries, banking and finance are two areas that we are especially versed in. We welcome questions from small, locally owned credit unions all the way up to large financial institutions. If you would like to see Andrew's full presentation, it is available for download by clicking here. If you have any questions on the best IT solutions for your business, give us a call at 616.837.6930.

Big Announcement :: We're Expanding

Thursday, February 02, 2017

We've got exciting things happening at IT Resource. After months of collaboration and consideration, the ink has dried and we're so pleased to welcome Suncoast Business Technologies to the IT Resource family of operations.

This opportunity came at the perfect time for us, as we were looking for key opportunities that would allow us to expand our services and reach new customers. The recent acquisition brings two new companies under the IT Resource umbrella. Suncoast Business Technologies is an award-winning Sarasota-based information technology company, providing Managed Services, VOIP and Structured Cabling. Ring Authority is their VOIP division. 

This transaction creates an enhanced ability to help clients address their increasingly complex business technology needs while maintaining the personal touch that has been the foundation of the two companies.

We're looking forward to getting to know our new Florida-based customers and providing them with the same service, commitment, and expertise that our current customers have come to know and love. Please help us welcome the Suncoast crew aboard!

Happy Birthday IT Resource

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
It's hard to believe it's been 16 years since we opened our doors. We've been so fortunate to have grown IT Resource, worked with amazing customers and team members, and helped so many businesses with their technology needs. Above all, we want to thank each and every person who has trusted, cheered for, and supported us over the years. We wouldn't be here without each of you. Cheers to another 16 great years ahead!

Cars, Rock & Roll, and a Little Technology

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
This month marked the 26th annual Del Shannon Car show. Held in Coopersville, MI, Del Shannon's hometown, the show is a highlight of summer for many car enthusiasts. IT Resource was proud not only to be a sponsor but to once again provide volunteer services to ensure the show went smoothly. We assisted in the setup of a small wireless network and provided internet and database access to a series of iPads being used to register the cars in the show. This allowed for successful tracking and accounting, which is crucial, given there are upwards of 600 cars in the show each year.

Our team members, including IT specialists Greg Lundeberg and Leo Reap, deployed, set up, and configured a Meraki wireless solution for the show. Their services went above and beyond, including Greg being at the show at 4:00 am when the first cars started rolling in. Any time we can use our expertise and experience to help benefit our local community is time well spent.

The winner of the IT Resource trophy at last year's event

In spite of the morning's poor weather the group of volunteers did a great job moving cars through and getting them placed for judging in a timely manner. This is thanks in part to the technology measures that were put in place and to the car show’s effective planning. Hats off to everyone involved, including Greg. You all did a great job pulling everything together and the show was a huge success!

Carter's Kids Golf Event in Traverse City

Sunday, August 07, 2016
Gary and Gayla represented IT Resource well when they tee'd off at the 6th Annual Carter’s Kids Golf Event with Carter Oosterhouse. You might recognize Carter from TLC's Trading Spaces and multiple shows on HGTV and the DIY network.

Carter Oosterhouse is from Traverse City, MI so each year he and his wife, actress Amy Smart, return to his hometown to host this special event. We've been a long-time sponsor of the event because it's always so fun, but more importantly, it represents a great cause. All proceeds benefit Carter's Kids Playgrounds.

Carter’s Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth. Their purpose is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces.

Thanks Carter, for creating these special places for kids in our communities. We're happy to participate in such a wonderful event.

Congrats to Our Riverbank Runners

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The 2016 Fifth Third Riverbank Run is in the books and we're so proud of our two team members who participated.

Gayla Lutz, our Director of Business Management (pictured above), ran the 25k this year. Sr. Partner Leo Reap ran the 10k. Both did a fantastic job and we were excited to be able to cheer them on.

Check out our last run, which included a relay team we put together for the 2015 Grand Rapids Marathon.