Our team just finished enjoying the 2019 Sixth Annual TSA” Choice” Awards event. For our company, this is a time to reflect on last year’s achievements and enjoy a few hours together as a team.
As a team, we completed 225 projects in 2019
Our managed services division monitored 2, 400 endpoints, under our Complete IT Plan
As for Low Voltage and Unified Communications, we supported over 350 service contracts.
We celebrated three teammates that have been a part of TSAChoice for 20-years, Kimberly Edney, Scott Ireland, and Stacey Ball.
Our team hosted and attended multiple education events for students, including:
Hosting the AB Tech Innovative Expo
Career Days at both Enka Middle and North Windy Ridge Intermediate schools
Construction Career Day for High School Students in Haywood County
We supported efforts for multiple fundraisers, including:
ABCCM Steadfast House
ABCCM Transitional Village
Hominy Valley Middle School
Enka High School Band
Industries for the Blind
Hominy Valley Recreation Park
Western Carolina University
The Carolina Rampage Softball Team
The end of 2019 also brought along with it, our longest-running vendor relationship with Mitel, a partnership that has lasted for 30-years.
The Theme for this Celebration
Our theme this year was based around embracing videos for much of our content. Videos that address pricing, logistics to consider for specific technologies, highlighting the TSAChoice team, and even a fun Christmas Video to share with our clients and partners.
Thanks to our content and video guys, Will Arledge and Appie Cook III, our team embraced the opportunity to work on these projects each quarter. They were both able to create on-topic content and made our group feel comfortable in front of the cameras.
For some added interest at this year’s event, Will and Appie put together some video footage with a few added bloopers for our TSA” Choice” Video winners.
Best Use of Props – Patrick Jones for his role in “The Night Before Christmas at TSAChoice.”
Best Action Sequence – Hunter Knight for his role in an updated Corporate video driving in many of the areas we serve.
Best Supporting Actor – Stacey Ball – supporting actor in multiple videos created at TSAChoice
Best Supporting Actress – Kimberly Edney – For her role in the “UCaaS” video
Best Actor – Steven Clark – for multiple roles, including Disgruntled Employee in “Why install a Door Access System” and Santa Clause in “The Night Before Christmas at TSAChoice.”
Best Actress – Donna Buckner – for her beautifully contagious laugh in “The Night Before Christmas” Bloopers.
All of these people did go home with some very special awards to remind them that they gave their all in these videos.
The 2019 TSA” Choice” Award Winners
The TSA” Choice” awards are very special as they are voted on by our entire team.
Rookie of the Year – Brandon West
Brandon joined our sales team in 2019 and hit the ground running. His good nature, participation, and willingness to help out, earned him this year’s Rookie Award.
Low Voltage Tech of the Year – Randy King
Randy King has been with TSAChoice since 2015. In his current role as Construction Foreman, he was the onsite coordinator for cabling and fiber projects such as Western Carolina University and Quantros.
IT Engineer of the Year- Zach Masters
Zach has been with TSAChoice since 2016. This year he took on a new job role as Team Lead. In this role, he manages the onsite support team for Managed Services clients.
UC Tech of the Year- Ryan Johnson
Ryan has been a part of our Unified Communication division as a field technician since graduating from WCU in 2015. This year he added nine Mitel certifications to his portfolio, he embraced the new Mitel 400 hospitality solution and worked as the lead technician on multiple projects including Lintner Corporation, NAI Earle Furman in Greensboro, and Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center.
Sales Engineer and Project Manager-George Collins
George has been a member of our team since 2011. Starting as a helper, then moving to a lead foreman, and now in his current role as a project manager. He works closely with field teams, and job foreman’s to make sure they have the instruction, tools, and supplies they need to get the job done.
Customer Service Representative- Laura Isaacs
Laura works in our UC division, helping to project manage and train for new communication systems. Just starting with us in 2018, she has embraced the opportunity to learn everything she can to help clients get up and running on their new technology.
Admin of the Year – Stacey Ball
Stacey has received this award two years running, and anyone within the walls at TSAChoice understands why. He is always willing to help no matter what the task.
Salesperson of the Year- Anthony Knight
The one award we do not vote for, Salesperson of the Year award. It is presented to the person with the highest dollar amount in sales. Anthony surpassed his sales goals. Anthony is a no-nonsense account executive, integrity, and sometimes brutally honest, are attributes his clients’ respect about him. His 2019 success comes from working closely with clients like Kiawah Resort, Southern First Bancshares, and Clemson’s Lakeside Lodge.
Teammate of the Year- Gary “Woofy” Luyckx
Woofy has been with the TSAChoice team for over 30 years. He is such an asset to TSAChoice, and we frequently hear comments such as “Woofy is the face of TSAChoice,” “Woofy is one of the nicest people I know,” and “Woofy gets things done.”
This award for Woofy came along with a standing ovation from his teammates.
“Woofy is the face of TSAChoice. When running across clients outside of work, he is frequently mentioned. He is always a kind, considerate, and all-around good guy.” A Teammate at TSAChoice during the voting process.
“I also wanted to take a moment to recognize Woofy for being such an amazing representative of TSAChoice. He has been a part of projects with us for 30 years, his commitment to service, his kindness, and knowledge are second to none. He always has a smile and a minute to check on how things are going when he is on a project for us, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.” – Brenda Durden, Asheville Hotel Group
As Dan Higgins, Vice President over Technical Services added during this event, “I’d like to read one of our Core Beliefs to remind us all of an element that has enabled us to remain and grow in this business. We believe that our employees are our most valuable asset, and their character, attitude, and work ethic will determine our success.”