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COMPANYNEWS COMPANYCULTURE

Can you believe it? 2018 is finally among us. Everyone In the last DataStream, we featured Tim Nass as the DataVizion
at DataVizion has been working towards what seems to associate who helped define our company’s culture. In this issue,
be an outstanding year!! We don’t want to steal too we’re showcasing Rob deMalignon, Director of Operations.
much thunder from our Staff meeting in January (see
Upcoming Events), but it should be exciting and reward- Many of you probably don’t remember a PC manufacturer doing
ing to reflect on 4Q17 and FY17. business as Gateway and headquarter in No. Sioux City, IA, but in
their day, they were a force to be reckoned with in the emerging
This issue of DataStream contains a lot of news that we desktop space. It was during this era that Rob “cut his teeth” in
can look forward to in 2018—new associates, new the technology industry. Rob’s path to DataVizion is not unlike
assignments for existing personnel, and new services many people who have competed in the IT industry over the last
(can you say VizionCare Secure?). Add that to our decade (or two). Rob became acquainted with Kelly and Ron
dynamic sales team’s pipeline for 1Q18 and there’s while working as a sales person for another local solution provider.
every reason to expect an exciting New Year! Having an innate talent for recognizing people with skills and ‘can
do” attitude, Kelly and Ron recruited Rob in early 2010 to join
DataVizion in a similar sales position. At the time, Rob was the 5th
employee and even today his seniority is only surpassed by Kelly,
Ron, and Zach Kinnison. Although his position was focused on
sales, it quickly became apparent that there was need for better
processes to accommodate the growing services and related
products that DataVizon was now promoting to the Lnk and Oma
market. When Tim Nass joined DataVzion in 2011 as dedicated
outside sales resources, Rob moved into what is now his current
role, Director of Operations. In the last 7-8 years, Rob has seen our
company’s annual revenue grow from $500,000 to more than $12
million this year. He’s also watched DataVizon grow from 5
employees to 25+ and go from a virtual company (everyone
working remotely) to a company with office locations in Lnk and
Oma. Our market area has expanded from a local player to one
with regional and even national coverage. Needless to say, Rob
has contributed greatly to our company’s tremendous growth.

A few years ago, Rob experienced what can only be described
as the high-point in his life when he married Tara and became
dad to Mila (age 4). Then, when it didn’t seem possible that life
could get any better, Tara and Rob announced that they were
expecting a son. Samuel, now almost 1 year old, Mila, Tara, and
Rob live on an acreage in rural Seward Co. For those who
“feared the beard” and couldn’t believe it when he traded his
‘Stang and ski boat for a riding lawn mower, it’s been fun
watching him become dad and husband.

When asked to contribute his thoughts for the future of DataVizon,
he offered these comments— “We all have to realize we are not
the same “small” company we were just a couple years ago. We
want to maintain the values and fun that brought us to this point,
but need to stretch ourselves and ‘think outside the box’. This will
require clear vision from leadership and a willingness from all of us
to accept change, because stagnation will ultimately limit our
growth.”

For a guy who has seen and done a lot for DataVizion, it would be
wise to heed these sage words.

SALESNEWS Tridia Tshimanga is a new marketing intern with
DataVizion. Tridia will work part-time while attending

UNL pursuing a major in Advertising. She will engage

As already communicated in Technical News, Rob G. is moving into with our Marketing Consultant, Catharine Rodriques

Project Management, so this creates a new Account Manager to create marketing collateral, establish better

position in Sales. content via social networks, and, overall, help us

grow our brand. Her supervisor will be Kelly, but her,

In case you aren’t aware, we have a sales resource representing daily mentor will be Jason Krontz.

DataVizion in the Iowa market. This is a non-employee professional

working as a dedicated sales agent. His name is Drew Schade and he

has an established network throughout Iowa. Combined with Evan’s

engineering presence in Iowa, our relationship with Drew shows our

commitment in the Iowa market place. He has the reputation of a

competitor and we’re ready to make our mark throughout the Iowa

business and educational communities.


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