Virginia Chamber of Commerce https://www.vachamber.com Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:51:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4 29 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018 https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/21/29-vandeventer-black-attorneys-named-the-best-lawyers-in-america-of-2018/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:52:40 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23528 Norfolk, VA (August 22, 2017) – Best Lawyers®, a respected publication that ranks attorneys based on peer review, recently announced ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ list (2018 Edition). 29 Attorneys from the law offices of Vandeventer Black LLP, were selected to receive this prestigious recognition in one or more categories. The recognized attorneys are:

Admiralty and Maritime Law: Mark T. Coberly, Richard H. Ottinger, and Edward J. Powers

Arbitration: William E. Franczek

Banking and Finance Law: Bryant C. McGann

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law: Daniel R. Weckstein

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships): Cristopher Ambrosio and Richard S. Guy

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law: Patrick W. Herman

Commercial Finance Law: Bryant C. McGann

Commercial Litigation: Robert O’ Donnell and James W. Walker

Community Association Law: Deborah M. Casey

Construction Law: Stephan F. Andrews, William E. Franczek, Patrick A. Genzler, James R. Harvey, Neil Lowenstein, and Michael L. Sterling

Corporate Law: Anita O. Poston

Employment Law – Management: Anne G. Bibeau, Dean T. Buckius, and Arlene F. Klinedinst

Environmental Law: Patrick A. Genzler

Financial Services Regulation Law: Bryant C. McGann

Health Care Law: Anita O. Poston

Insurance Law: Douglas M. Palais

Labor Law –  Management: Dean T. Buckius and Arlene F. Klinedinst

Litigation –  Banking and Finance: Bryant C. McGann

Litigation – Construction: Stephan F. Andrews, William E. Franczek, Patrick A. Genzler, Neil S. Lowenstein, and James W. Walker

Litigation – Environmental: Patrick A. Genzler

Litigation – Securities: Douglas M. Palais

Mediation: William E. Franczek

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law: Bryant C. McGann

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants: Anita O. Poston

Project Finance Law: Bryant C. McGann

Securities / Capital Markets Law: Douglas M. Palais

Tax Law: Patrick W. Herman

Transportation Law: Mark T. Coberly and G. William Birkhead

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers: R. John Barrett, F. Nash Bilisoly, Adam S. Rafal, and Bryan L. Sykes

In addition to the Best Lawyers’ designation, Vandeventer Black attorneys have also received: Virginia’s Business Legal Elite, Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Women In The Law, as well as several recognitions given by respected Bar Associations. In addition, the law firm’s legal team have hold leadership positions as members of boards, governing committees, and fellowships within various organizations. For more information, please contact Jenniffer Serrano at 757-446-8519 or JSerrano@VanBlackLaw.com. You may also visit VanBlackLaw.com.

About Vandeventer Black LLP

Vandeventer Black LLP is a dynamic business law firm established in 1883. We focus on responsiveness and results while providing internationally recognized services across a wide variety of legal sectors. Headquartered in the commercial gateway of Norfolk, Virginia, our accomplished attorneys assist clients from offices located in Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany.

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Nyholm appointed to Institute board of trustees https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/21/nyholm-appointed-to-institute-board-of-trustees/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:11:59 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23520 Connie Nyholm

The Virginia House of Delegates appointed Connie Nyholm to the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for a three-year term.

“I am honored to serve on IALR’s board of trustees, especially during this exciting time when the focus is laser targeted on commercializing the important research and development occurring at the Institute,” said Nyholm.

Nyholm is Owner and CEO of Virginia International Raceway. Leveraging her love of Virginia and business expertise, Nyholm currently serves on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Roadracing Industry Council.

“We are pleased to welcome Connie Nyholm to the Institute board. She is one of the strongest voices calling for revitalization in the Dan River Region and is the first to step forward offering assistance and guidance where needed. Under her leadership, VIR has grown to be a premiere destination in southern Virginia and her experience and voice will be a welcome addition as the Institute works to transform our community for the future,” said Institute Board Chairman Donald Merricks.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research serves Virginia; however most applied research, advanced learning, and economic development efforts focus within Southern Virginia including the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville

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Shentel Successfully Deploys Fiber-based DIA Solution for Utz® https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/08/shentel-successfully-deploys-fiber-based-dia-solution-for-utz/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:23:23 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23465 Fully redundant network gives PA company room to grow

Edinburg, VA. – August 8, 2017 – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (SHEN) is pleased to announce the completion of a new fiber optic network deployment for Utz® Quality Foods, LLC. Headquartered in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Utz is a privately owned, family-managed company which manufactures and markets snack foods throughout the United States and internationally.

Shentel provided fiber-based Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service to the Utz corporate headquarters as well as dark fiber to connect an additional facility. The solution allows Utz to easily add capacity as the company grows, up to 100 Gbps over Shentel’s fully redundant fiber optic network.

“We have enjoyed working with Shentel,” said Steve Toth, C.I.O., Utz Quality Foods. “They provided a fiber optic solution that immediately benefited the productivity to our plant operations. Internet access is an essential business tool, and Shentel tripled our bandwidth without burdening our budget with growth to scale for our future needs.”

“Shentel recently completed a $5 million expansion of our fiber network into central Pennsylvania, and we are excited about entering the Hanover, PA market with such a prominent business partner like Utz,” said Ed McKay, Senior Vice President of Wireline and Engineering at Shentel.

To find out more about Shentel business solutions, go to www.business.shentel.com.

About SHENTEL

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the mid-Atlantic United States. The Company’s services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet 

and digital voice; fiber network and services; and regulated local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service (“PCS”) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.

 About Utz® Quality Foods, LLC.

Founded in 1921, Utz® Quality Foods, LLC. is the largest privately-held and family-managed salty snack food company in the United States, producing a full line of products including potato chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn chips, tortillas, veggie stix/straws, popcorn, onion rings, pork skins and more.  Its brands, which include Utz®, Zapp’s®, “Dirty”® Potato Chips, Golden Flake®, Good Health®, Bachman®, Bachman Jax®,  Wachusett® and Snikiddy® among others, are distributed nationally and internationally through grocery, mass-merchant, club stores, convenience stores, drug stores and other channels.  Based in Hanover, PA, Utz® operates 10 facilities located in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Alabama and Colorado.  For information about Utz® or its products, please visit www.utzsnacks.com or call 1-800-FOR-SNAX.

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Kaléo Announces AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) Charitable Donation Program for All Public Elementary Schools in the United States https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/08/kaleo-announces-auvi-q-epinephrine-injection-usp-charitable-donation-program-for-all-public-elementary-schools-in-the-united-states/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:02:18 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23458 More than 67,000 Schools Eligible for the “Q Your SchoolTM” Program   —

Richmond, VA (August 7, 2017) Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, today announced a new charitable product donation program, offering AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-injectors free of charge to all public elementary schools in the United States. The new program, “Q Your School,” provides up to four AUVI-Q cartons (each carton contains two epinephrine auto-injectors and a Trainer) per school per academic year, as well as access to educational materials on how to identify and respond to life-threatening allergic emergencies.

AUVI-Q (0.15 mg and 0.3 mg) is a FDA-approved prescription medicine used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in people who are at risk for or have a history of serious allergic reactions. It is an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) with innovative features such as voice instructions that help guide a user with step-by-step instructions through the epinephrine delivery process and an automatic retractable needle system, a first for epinephrine auto-injectors, that injects the epinephrine and retracts the needle back into the device within seconds. AUVI-Q is not a substitute for emergency medical care.

“There are nearly 6 million children, under 18, living with life-threatening allergies,” said Spencer Williamson, President and CEO of kaléo. “We are proud to offer the “Q Your School” charitable donation program offering free AUVI-Q Auto-injectors to all public elementary schools across the nation.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are approximately 67,000 public elementary schools in America[i]. Through the Kaléo Cares Product Donation Program, qualified applicants may apply to receive up to four AUVI-Q cartons (each carton contains two epinephrine auto-injectors and a Trainer) per school per academic year, free of charge. There are no obligations, such as marketing or product exclusivity requirements, attached to the “Q Your School” program.

“Schools play an important role in helping to keep kids with food allergies safe,” said Melanie Carver, Vice President of Community Services at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “This is an exciting program because it helps schools be better prepared to recognize and respond to life-threatening allergic emergencies.”

Identical twin brothers, Evan and Eric Edwards, the inventors of AUVI-Q, know what it is like to live with life-threatening allergies, both as patients themselves and parents of food-allergic children. Their goal was to develop an epinephrine auto-injector that contained innovative features, such as a voice instruction system that helps guide patients and caregivers step-by-step through the injection process. Evan and Eric Edwards believe and trust in AUVI-Q, not only for themselves, but also for their children and other families who may have to depend on it to administer epinephrine during an allergic emergency.

“Not all kids with food allergies are the same. They may have different needs and preferences,” said Tonya Winders, President & CEO of the Allergy and Asthma Network (AAN). “This is an exciting announcement because it helps schools to be more aware of the various epinephrine auto-injector options now available to students at risk for a life-threatening allergic emergency and know how to use them in an emergency.”

For information and an application for the “Q Your School” program, please visit https://kaleopharma.com/who-we-are/kaleo-cares/.

To learn more about AUVI-Q (0.15 mg and 0.3 mg), please visit www.auvi-q.com.

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About Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis (pronounced ana-fuh-lak-sis) is a serious allergic reaction that happens quickly and may cause death. Anaphylaxis can occur as a result of exposure to allergens including tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, insect bites, latex and medication, among other allergens.

About AUVI-Q (0.15 mg and 0.3 mg)

AUVI-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-injector is a prescription medicine used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in people who are at risk for or who have a history of serious allergic reactions. AUVI-Q contains epinephrine, a well-established, first-line treatment for severe, life-threatening allergic reactions that occur as a result of exposure to allergens including food such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy and wheat; insect stings or bites; latex and medication, among other allergens and causes.

AUVI-Q is the only compact epinephrine auto-injector with a voice instruction system that helps guide patients and caregivers step-by-step through the injection process, and a needle that automatically retracts following administration. In anaphylaxis emergencies, it is often individuals without medical training who need to step in and deliver potentially life-saving epinephrine. AUVI-Q was designed through careful analysis of the situations where epinephrine auto-injectors are used and with significant input from the allergy community that relies on it incorporating Human Factors Engineering (HFE). HFE is about designing products or systems that are easy to operate and, most importantly, support correct use, with the goal to remove the potential for error. For more information about AUVI-Q (0.15 mg and 0.3 mg) visit www.auvi-q.com.

Indication

AUVI-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is a prescription medicine used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in people who are at risk for or have a history of serious allergic reactions.

Important Safety Information

AUVI-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each AUVI-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. AUVI-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh, through clothing if necessary. If you inject a young child with AUVI-Q, hold their leg firmly in place before and during the injection to prevent injuries. Do not inject into veins, buttocks, fingers, toes, hands, or feet. If you accidentally inject AUVI-Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment.

Rarely, patients who use AUVI-Q may develop infections at the injection site within a few days of an injection. Some of these infections can be serious. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms at an injection site: redness that does not go away, swelling, tenderness, or the area feels warm to the touch.

If you have certain medical conditions, or take certain medicines, your condition may get worse or you may have more or longer lasting side effects when you use AUVI-Q. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Also tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, especially if you have asthma, a history of depression, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

Common side effects include fast, irregular or ‘pounding’ heartbeat, sweating, shakiness, headache, paleness, feelings of over excitement, nervousness, or anxiety, weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, or breathing problems. These side effects usually go away quickly, especially if you rest. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Please click here to see the full Prescribing Information and the Patient Information at www.auvi-q.com.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

About kaléo (kuh-LAY-oh)

Kaléo is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to building innovative solutions for serious and life-threatening medical conditions. Our mission is to provide innovative solutions that empower patients to confidently take control of their medical conditions. We believe patients and caregivers are the experts on how their medical condition impacts their lives and are an integral part of our product development process. Kaléo is a privately-held company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit www.kaleopharma.com.

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Tata Consultancy Services wins Social Responsibility Project of the Year Award https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/07/tata-consultancy-services-wins-social-responsibility-project-of-the-year-award/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:23:11 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23455 Tata Consultancy Services honoured at Employee Engagement Awards for goIT in furthering STEM education in North America

New York | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has been recognised for Social Responsibility Project of the Year for the second year in a row at the North American Employee Engagement Awards.

TCS was honoured for its on-going commitment to inspiring North American students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through its flagship national computer science education and community engagement programme, goIT. To date, TCS goIT has engaged and inspired more than 13,000 youth across more than 50 North American cities to become creators and innovators of technology. Its role in Toronto was a key highlight, where TCS became the first organisation to partner with the Toronto District School Board and embed goIT into the school curriculum.

During the 2016–17 academic year, TCS continued its partnership with the Toronto District School Board to help local area middle and high school students acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as develop an interest in pursuing STEM careers post-graduation. More than 400 TCS employees worked to train district school teachers on how to best teach STEM subjects, while also mentoring more than 2,000 students on the benefits of pursuing a STEM career. Directly resulting from these efforts, 70 percent of the students who participated in the programme expressed an interest in pursuing more math and science courses as a pathway to pursuing technology careers.

“The goIT programme demonstrates how industry, education and civic organisations can partner to engage young people in hands-on experiential learning opportunities and prepare them for real-world careers of the 21st century,” said Soumen Roy, country head of Canada, TCS. “In particular, we cherish our long-standing partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), whose leaders, administrators and educators consistently work alongside TCS volunteers to bring the programme to life”.

The Employee Engagement Awards showcase the best of North American companies who inspire and educate people to remake the way organisations think about, and engage, people to achieve their purpose. The judging committee encompasses a diverse group of employee engagement experts from some of the biggest brands and positions of influence in the industry, assessing applicants across 16 different categories.

“I want to congratulate the winners and those who were highly commended. Their innovative and rigorous approaches have taken employee engagement to a new level,” said Matt Manners, founder, Employee Engagement Awards.

TCS has received multiple awards in 2017 for employee engagement and corporate citizenship in North America, including recently being named in the Civic 50 as one of America’s 50 most community-minded companies, and by Achievers with a 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award.

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Tata Consultancy Services acclaimed among Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in the US and Canada https://www.vachamber.com/2017/08/07/tata-consultancy-services-acclaimed-among-achievers-50-most-engaged-workplaces-in-the-us-and-canada/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:20:32 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23453 Tata Consultancy Services recognised for building an employee culture of professional and personal growth across North America for the fifth consecutive year

New York | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, today announced its recognition as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America. The annual award, issued by Achievers, an industry leading provider of employee recognition and engagement solutions, commends top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workforces.

TCS received the award in both the US and Canada for building a culture of professional and personal growth by investing in programmes and policies that ensure employees possess the skills, knowledge and resources required to grow and deliver excellent client services. TCS’s engagement strategies focusing on leadership growth have also led to accelerated career development of high potentials and a robust succession methodology. In addition, through our corporate social responsibility mantra, Impact through Empowerment, TCS has been able to harness thought leadership, technology, programmes, partnerships and people to address the most pressing societal issues.

“Employee experience remains a top priority for employers in 2017,” observed David Brennan, Achievers general manager. “The impressive Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award winners are using rewards and recognition to foster positive, productive workplaces. We’re excited to learn from them and honour their accomplishments,” Mr Brennan added.

The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Awards are judged by an esteemed panel of academics and thought leaders in the field of employee engagement. The 2017 judging panel also included representation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HR Technology Conference and HRO Today. The judges evaluated each applicant company based on the eight elements of employee engagement™: communication, leadership, culture, rewards & recognition, professional & personal growth, accountability & performance, vision & values and corporate social responsibility.

“Recognition by Achievers as a 50 Most Engaged Workplaces recipient for the fifth consecutive year is testament to our consistency in successfully innovating and delivering employee engagement strategies across the geography,” said Surya Kant, president, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “Our focus on leadership development and building a culture of professional and personal growth continues to be a priority for TCS,” he added.

TCS will be honoured alongside the other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ Award at an awards gala to be held on September 11, 2017, at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, as part of the Achievers Annual Customer Experience Conference (ACE).

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Chamber Briefings Newsletter – July 2017 https://www.vachamber.com/2017/07/31/chamber-briefings-newsletter-july-2017/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:39:02 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23372 This month, two major state rankings surveys were released. Business Facilities released its annual “Best of the Best” report, which identifies the leading states in economic development and recognizes their successful growth sectors. The report ranked Virginia 4th this year – up from 9th in 2016 – and identified cybersecurity as a potential high-growth sector for the Commonwealth.

CNBC also released its annual “Top States for Business” survey. Virginia came in 9th this year, up from 13th in 2016. While we are pleased to see Virginia in the top 10, a lot of states are also working to improve their national rankings and Virginia still has work to do to get back to the top spot.

As we continue to collect data and input for Blueprint Virginia, state rankings such as these give us better insight into the specific ways we can improve our economy. We are pleased to be working closely with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on identifying specific strategies for improvement, which will be incorporated into the final Blueprint Virginia 2025 plan. Over the rest of the summer, our team will be focused on finalizing these recommendations.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll also be meeting with the candidates for Governor of Virginia to share some preliminary results from our polling of nearly 5,000 business leaders from around the Commonwealth. The final Blueprint 2025 plan will be presented to the Governor-elect on December 1st at the Virginia Economic Summit. We hope you’ll mark your calendar!

Click here to view the full Chamber Briefings Newsletter.

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MICHAEL MENDELSOHN JOINS PBMARES AS PARTNER https://www.vachamber.com/2017/07/31/michael-mendelsohn-joins-pbmares-as-partner/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:27:23 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23368 NEWPORT NEWS, VA (7/25/17) – Michael B. Mendelsohn, CPA, MAcc, has joined PBMares’ Newport News office as a partner in the area of taxation.

“We are excited to have Mike join our firm,” said Alan Witt, CPA, CEO of PBMares, LLP.  “Our clients will benefit from the extensive tax-related knowledge and experience he brings with him.”

Mendelsohn has more than 13 years of public accounting experience and three years of corporate tax experience. He specializes in tax planning and compliance for closely held companies and works closely with high net worth individuals who hold complex or alternative investment portfolios.

Prior to joining PBMares, he was a partner at a local CPA firm and previously a senior manager at a top 20 firm. He also served as a senior tax manager at the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of plumbing and HVAC products.

He is an active member and previous treasurer of the Rotary Club of Oyster Point and has served on the Hampton Roads Academy Alumni Council. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Virginia.

Mendelsohn graduated magna cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting (MAcc).

About PBMares, LLP

PBMares, LLP is an accounting and business consulting firm serving U.S. and international clients, with offices in the Mid-Atlantic.  A Top 100 Firm as determined by INSIDE Public Accounting, the firm unlocks opportunity for clients using the right balance of industry, specialty and general business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design/administration, and owner-managed/corporate financial consulting.  In addition, the firm provides additional services through its affiliates: Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC, a financial consulting division specializing in fraud investigations and forensic accounting; PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor; and TMDG, LLC, a national healthcare consulting firm specializing in medical claims audits.  More information is available online at www.pbmares.com.

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Tata Consultancy Services named as one of America’s Civic 50 https://www.vachamber.com/2017/07/31/tata-consultancy-services-named-as-one-of-americas-civic-50/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:58:36 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23365 Tata Consultancy Services recognised by Points of Light for its positive societal impact via STEM education, pro-bono technology services and skills-based volunteerism

New York | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, was recognised in The Civic 50 as one of America’s 50 most community-minded companies by Points of Light, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business and drive noticeable change.

“We are honoured to be recognised and stand alongside many other respected US brands that are deeply engaged in the local communities where they operate and are contributing to key societal needs,” said Surya Kant, president of TCS, North America, UK and Europe. “At TCS, we believe the hallmark of a purpose-driven organisation is leading with citizenship values, empowering a culture of service and creating a positive impact to society and humanity,” Mr Kant added.

Driven by its mantra of Impact through Empowerment, TCS has prioritised its corporate social responsibility efforts in health, education and planet, thus building a broad-based, collaborative and cross-sector effort that reaches more than two million young adults while leveraging its own intellectual, technological and human capital to supplement financial philanthropic investments. More than 40 percent of TCS employees in the US volunteer in their local communities, and $12+ million in social good has been created by pro-bono technology services for 50+ non-profit organisations. TCS has built a national technology infrastructure to enable mentoring of girls, young women and students from minorities and low income groups.

“In the fifth year of honouring the most community-minded companies in the nation, The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment to community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands,” said Jennifer Lawson, president of networks at Points of Light. “By elevating critical stakeholder voices from employees, customers and communities into their mission statements, The Civic 50 companies are putting themselves at the centre of change to create more enduring and sustainable business models,” Ms Lawson further added.

TCS’s flagship student engagement program, goIT, has engaged more than 13,000 middle and high school students across 54 cities in the US and Canada, with hands-on experiences in computer science, inspiring them towards tech careers in all sectors. Launched in March 2017, Ignite My Future in School will engage 20,000 teachers and more than one million students over the next five years to prepare them for 21st-century careers. In partnership with Discovery Education, Ignite My Future in School will enable educators, administrators and school districts to become ambassadors of a transdisciplinary approach and introduce computational thinking within the context of core subjects such as English, mathematics, social studies, science and the arts.

TCS has been a leading STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education proponent for the past decade, through highly scalable cross-sector initiatives such as US2020, Million Women Mentors (MWM) and national partnerships with STEMConnector®, Npower, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. TCS is a founder and technology partner of MWM, which has generated 1.8 million pledges and 8,50,000+ mentoring engagements to date between career professionals and young women keen to succeed in STEM careers.

“This recognition reinforces our belief that an enterprise’s true purpose is to serve the community and improve the quality of life. Today’s societal challenges can be addressed through the combined power of purpose, people and technology,” said Balaji Ganapathy, head of workforce effectiveness, TCS. “Congratulations to all The Civic 50 organisations, each of whom demonstrate the value of doing well by doing good,” Mr Ganapathy further added.

The Civic 50 winners are public and private companies with US operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their US community engagement programmes: investment, integration, institutionalisation and impact. Administered by True Impact, The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.

To learn more about The Civic 50; to see a full list of the winners; and to access the highlights, trends, benchmarking data and best practices from The Civic 50 2017, please visit www.Civic50.org.

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TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) Ranked as a Top Employer of US Talent in the IT Services Sector https://www.vachamber.com/2017/07/31/tcs-tata-consultancy-services-ranked-as-a-top-employer-of-us-talent-in-the-it-services-sector/ Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:52:52 +0000 https://www.vachamber.com/?p=23363
  • TCS Hires 12,500+ US Employees Over Past Five Years
  • Leads the Industry in Terms of US employee Growth at 57 Percent
  • US STEM Education Campaigns Now Set to Reach More Than Two Million Students by 2022
  • NEW YORK | MUMBAI, June 23, 2017: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has been an industry leading job creator in the American IT Services sector for the past five years, according to a recent study by The Cambridge Group. TCS was among the top two job creators, recruiting more than 12,500 US employees from 2012 -2016, while it ranked first in terms of US employee growth during that period, at 57 percent.

    Building on its more than 40 year history in America, TCS’ ranking in The Cambridge Group report reflects the company’s significant and ongoing level of investment into the US economy. In fact, TCS has invested nearly $3 billion in the US over the past three years, in terms of employment, new innovation labs, extensive nationwide STEM education programs, and academic partnerships and endowments.

    “TCS is proud to be a significant employment and talent development force in the US,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “Our industry leading US recruitment, advanced digital training of employees, and academic and STEM partnership programs act as a key contributor to the US innovation economy, while also preparing the current and upcoming workforce with foundational skills needed for 21st century careers.”

    TCS expects recruitment of IT Services professionals in the US in 2017 to remain on par or exceed prior years’ levels. It regularly has approximately 800-900 open positions – quarter to quarter – in locations from Texas, California and Ohio, to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. Examples of specialized roles focused on digital business transformation include digital DevOps and agile software development engineers, digital user experience (UX) designers, cloud architects, and autonomous drone operators.

    Over the past five years, TCS has steadily increased its relationships and recruitment from more than 75 US college campuses, for both undergraduate and Master’s students. Its onsite activities include career fairs and onsite interviewing, TCS experts discussing specific areas such as cloud, automation and artificial intelligence, and partnering with career centers to prepare students for interview processes. TCS also invites select students to nearby TCS facilities to host immersion days, engagement with leadership teams and recent campus hires, and tours of innovation labs. Students in additional colleges are virtually engaged in similar sessions via channels such as video interviewing and mentoring.

    Recognizing the challenge of finding enough qualified US talent, TCS has been a leading STEM education proponent for the past decade, creating highly scalable initiatives that will engage more than two million US students by 2022. It is a founding partner and the platform provider of Million Women Mentors, which so far has 1,856,000 pledges to mentor young women to succeed in STEM careers. Its signature goIT program teaches under-privileged students computer science, design and career skills, and is now active in 55 North American cities. Moreover, in 2017, TCS launched “Ignite My Future in School,” a first-of-its-kind campaign, partnering with Discovery Education to help transform the US educational system by embedding computational thinking and problem solving into core school subjects such as math, history, science, and humanities.

    Other TCS investments in US business and academic arenas include the April 2017 ground breaking of ‘TCS Hall’ on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, following a $35M grant to the academic institution 18 months ago. The new facility will enable TCS and CMU to conduct advanced joint research regarding cognitive computing and autonomous vehicles. TCS has also opened several new facilities, such as the Digital Reimagination Studio in Santa Clara, CA in 2016 to foster rapid product prototyping, and its first US Drones Research Lab in Cincinnati, OH, in 2017, with plans for further office expansion across the US throughout 2017.

    TCS was recognized in 2016-17 with numerous industry awards for its employment and STEM education practices. They include being named as one of The Civic 50’s most community minded organizations in the US, the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work for’ in the US, certified as a Top Employer for three straight years, one of 50 Achievers Most Engaged Workplaces for four straight years, and winning six Gold and Silver Stevies at the 2017 American Business Awards.

    About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)

    Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of ITBPSinfrastructureengineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 387,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 45 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $17.58 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com

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