United, We Serve

Carissa Eatmon – [Marketing and Communications Coordinator]

One of the most unique things about Keller Schroeder as a company is our caring group of employee-owners and their generous hearts. The culture we have fostered emphasizes making positive impacts on people, and our employee-owners continually do this through charitable giving, camaraderie, and joining forces behind causes that directly impact our community. This fall presented us with many opportunities to work together to give back to our community, including to one of our own facing her own battle.


day-of-caringUnited Way’s Day of Caring – September 9th, 2016

Each fall, businesses in the surrounding area allow their employees to spend time volunteering alongside the United Way of Southwestern Indiana on a single day known as “The Day of Caring.” This year’s “Day of Caring” was held on September 9th. Volunteers first met at the Old National Events Plaza for a kick-off breakfast. They then headed to areas in need all over the community. This year, our President Larry May worked with Payne Wealth Partners to assist the Evansville Association for the Blind.

 


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September also marks our community’s annual Susan G. Komen’ Race for the Cure. Thousands of runners and walkers gather along side breast cancer survivors and their families to raise funds and awareness. This year’s Race for the Cure was particularly meaningful for our Keller Schroeder family. Our Inside Product Manager Dezarae Loewen is currently battling Stage 2 breast cancer. Our employee-owners banded together to walk or run to help find a cure and show our love and support for Dezarae. It was a hot one, but we had a blast “Doing It for Dez!”


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The end of September brings Keller Schroeder’s United Way Giving Campaign, where employee-owners commit to giving to the United Way of Southwestern Indiana for the following year. Our campaign for 2017 was another huge success, with our employee-owners opening their hearts and wallets to support this amazing organization. To cap off our campaign, we always host an outdoor picnic to celebrate. We used this year’s picnic to thank and celebrate our staff for their generous pledges, and as a way for our group to come together to show our support for Dezarae Loewen. It was a great day filled with food, prizes, fun, and lots of love. Thank you once again to our employee-owners and their families!
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Larry May to Serve as USI’s 2016 Executive in Residence

dsc_0023Keller Schroeder’s President Larry May will serve as the 2016 Executive in Residence for the University of Southern Indiana’s Romain College of Business. His presentation, titled “The Value of Ownership and Running Shoes,” will be presented at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, in Carter Hall in University Center West. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The primary purpose of the Executive-in-Residence program is to provide opportunities for students to gain insights into the business world and into the thoughts and lives of business executives. This year is the 44th year for the program at USI.

More about Larry May from the University of Southern Indiana’s post :

Larry May led Keller Schroeder’s transition from its founding owners to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan structure in 2004, fostering a highly-engaged ownership culture that serves more than 200 clients and 85 employee-owners. Prior to Keller Schroeder, he held technical and leadership positions in IT and human resources with Bristol-Myers Squibb. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems management and a master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University.

usi-logoMay has been a resident of Evansville for 35 years and currently serves as the chairman of the board of United Way of Southwestern Indiana. He also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA) volunteer for Vanderburgh County. May has served as chairman of the IT Alliance advisory board for the Romain College of Business at USI.

May resides in Evansville with his wife Tammie. They have three children daughter Diana; son, Travis; and daughter, Carly, who is a CPA and recent accounting graduate of USI.


Evansville’s SQL Server 2016 Discovery Day

Rob Wilson  – [Business Unit Director – Applications Solutions]

PASSRecently, Keller Schroeder hosted the local SQL Server 2016 launch event, coordinated by Ed Rhodes of the local Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). Ed Rhodes of Walt’s Drive-A-Way leads the local PASS chapter with Pat Minnis of Vectren. The Saturday event consisted of presentations and demos by Ed, followed by video presentations of what is new in SQL Server, and a friendly group competition to “hack” the new SQL Server 2016 features.

Some of the great new features explored at the SQL Server 2016 Discovery Day were:

  • Security updates such as column-level encryption and encryption at rest
  • Data masking
  • Major updates to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Analytics and performance monitoring
  • JSON support

You can learn more about the SQL Server 2016 features here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/server-cloud/products/sql-server/Features.aspx

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Without a doubt, this is the most anticipated SQL Server release in recent history. The added features in addition to the performance enhancements make a strong case for organizations to take a look earlier rather than later.

The group competition at the event was won by a team of DBA’s who scripted solutions around the new security enhancements. This team (made up of Terri Smith and Evans Owusu of SpringLeaf, Todd Greenwell and Shawn Repphan of Old National, and Kael Dowdy of Keller Schroeder) won $50 gift cards provided by Microsoft and the national PASS organization. It was a great day of camaraderie and round table discussions. We thank everyone who joined us, and thank Ed for his leadership and coordination of the event.

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For more information on our local technology groups, please visit www.evansvilletech.com. Our user groups are a great local resource for IT professionals to receive free training and collaborate with other professionals over a long lunch break (meal provided). For more information on how Keller Schroeder can assist you with your SQL Server 2016 migration, please contact your account manager.

 


Let’s Talk Tech

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On Tuesday, October 20th, eight area companies in the Evansville area joined forces to host the first Tech Talk Event. Professionals from the IT departments of the participating companies were invited to gather at the Tropicana Events Plaza for networking in an open, informal setting.

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The goal of the invitation-only event was to further connect and strengthen the IT community of Evansville, in hopes that those bonds would allow the exchange of ideas and best practices now and in the future.

Over 225 IT professionals attended the first event, with topics including Mobile Application Development, Disaster Recovery and High Availability, Information Security, Agile Development, and Big Data.

The eight collaborating companies (including Keller Schroeder) plan to host the next Tech Talk event in the Spring of 2016.


2015 Client Appreciation Event : All-Star Bash

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Carissa Montgomery
– Marketing & Communications Coordinator

On October 2nd, 2015, Keller Schroeder hosted our annual Client Appreciation Event. This year, we held an All-Star Bash to celebrate the TRUE MVPs of our organization. It was a day filled with delicious food from Marx Barbecue and Pacetre, plus fellowship and a lot of fun.

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Along with our vendor partners, we also gave attendees the opportunity to win great prizes – including our grand prize – a set of 4 Indianapolis Colts Tickets.

Perhaps our favorite aspect of this event every year is the opportunity we give our clients and employee-owners to give back to the community. The continued generosity shown at this event never ceases to amaze us. This year, the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville was chosen to receive our give back donations. We successfully collected over 2 truckloads of supplies for the organization – things like cleaning supplies, healthy snacks, copy paper, and supplies for the care of their sports field.

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Thank you so much to all of our employee-owners for their hard work in making this event a reality every year. Thank you to our vendor partners for both their resources and for joining us. Most importantly, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our clients for their continued loyalty and support.

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Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Client Appreciation Event! It’s always the first Friday in October – October 7th in 2016!

 


2014 Client Appreciation Event

Carissa Montgomery, Marketing Assistant


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Despite a few early challenges compliments of Mother Nature, the 2014 Keller Schroeder Client Appreciation Event was a tremendous success. On October 3rd, over 300 Keller Schroeder guests, employee owners, and selected vendor partners took a walk on the wild side, as the theme for this year’s event was Jungle Safari. Greeted by animals, bright colors, and jungle-inspired sounds, the event gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy exotic food, fantastic conversation, and lots of fun. [PICTURES]


gorillaAn important element of our Client Appreciation Events each year is our commitment to giving back to our community. This year, we partnered with CASA of Vanderburgh County, an organization that provides court appointed special advocates for children from birth to eighteen years who have been physically or sexually abused, neglected, or abandoned. It truly is “a jungle out there” for these children, and we were extremely excited to include them as our “Giving Back” organization this year. Keller Schroeder, both corporately as well as individual employee owners, along with our event attendees, provided office and other supplies for CASA’s advocate training center and children’s items for a store the organization provides for its children. Once again, attendees were entered into a gift-card drawing as an incentive to contribute items at the event. In all, hundreds of items worth thousands of dollars were donated.


Key vendor partners who joined us for this year’s event and provided support and sponsorship included Cisco, Nimble, LogRhythm, Barracuda, and K2.


Join us next year, on the 1st Friday in October, for the 2015 Client Appreciation Event!



United Way’s Spring-Into-Caring Food Drive

Keller Schroeder employee owners have once again shown their generosity by supporting the United Way of Southwestern Indiana’s Annual Spring-Into-Caring Food Drive. The drive’s focus is to gather supplies for the United Way’s 2-1-1 Program and Referral Service, which connects area residents with the help they need. The need for food is continually listed among the top three requests for assistance. Over the past two years, Keller Schroeder employee-owners have contributed over 2,250 food items to help ensure our area food pantries and United Way meal sites are prepared to meet those requests.

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$ecurity Matter$ Conference

Carissa Montgomery, Marketing Assistant


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The Keller Schroeder Infrastructure Solutions Group was once again well represented at the annual Patterns of Distinction – $ecurity Matter$ Conference, held at Murray State University’s Curris Center in Murray, KY. This marked the 7th year for the successful event, the largest technology security conference in Western Kentucky.


SchuylerPresenting2Schuyler Dorsey, Systems Engineer with Keller Schroeder, was featured as a Technical Track guest speaker during the event. His presentation, entitled “Mitigations Native to Windows”, focused on how buffer overflows work, how attackers use vulnerabilities to exploit systems, the several mitigation features built-in to Windows that can greatly enhance security, and the Microsoft EMET management tool. Schuyler has over 5 years of experience in the Information Technology field with a Master’s of Science in Information Security & Assurance. His certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional: Enterprise Administration (MCITP).


TyGreetingAccount Development Group members Michelle Zehner and Ty Eblen also represented Keller Schroeder at the company’s conference table. They had the opportunity to meet and engage prospective clients in our growing Kentucky market areas.


Congratulations to all on a successful event!


Keller Schroeder Wellness Program Gifts to Community Exceed $10,000

Evansville, Indiana (April 30, 2014) – Like many businesses looking for ways to control healthcare costs, Keller Schroeder provides a comprehensive Wellness Program to provide resources and incentives for employees to encourage a healthier lifestyle.  Unlike most businesses, Keller Schroeder’s Wellness Program also contributes to the wellness of its community.

Since October 2012, Keller Schroeder has contributed monthly gifts of $450 or $600 to 13 different United Way partner agencies in the Evansville area.  A wellness incentive program called “Step-It-Up” encourages each employee-owner at Keller Schroeder to exercise for a targeted amount of time each month – a goal of 450 minutes or a stretch goal of 600 minutes.   Those who meet their goals are entered into a monthly drawing.  If selected in the drawing, the company makes a donation in the employee-owner’s name to the United Way partner agency of their choice.  Keller Schroeder developed its own mobile app to record exercise activities and track progress toward goals each month.

“We felt tying employee-owner wellness to community wellness just made sense,” says company wellness coordinator Judy Hamilton.  “We had been doing monthly drawings for several years as an incentive to exercise.  Since our employee-owners are community-minded, we thought they would appreciate the opportunity to translate their hard work to stay healthy into a benefit for their favorite United Way partner agency.”

The company also provides other wellness incentives and resources, such as discounts on medical insurance premiums, weekly office visits by a wellness coach, and annual wellness screenings onsite from Deaconess LifeQuest Services.  “The incentive programs – contests and give-aways – have always been a supporting part of our Wellness Program,” says Hamilton, “but the real benefits come from positive fitness and lifestyle choices by our employee-owners.  The idea of winning the monthly drawing, and being able to direct a contribution to a worthy agency in our community in lieu of some other prize or personal benefit, has been received very well by our staff.”

Since October, 2012, contributions by Keller Schroeder through this program have totaled over $10,300, distributed to the following organizations:  Albion Fellow Bacon Center, American Red Cross, Carver Community Organization, Catholic Charities Bureau, Christian Resource Center, Evansville ARC, Goodwill Family Center, Impact Christian Health Ministries, Lampion Center, St. Vincent Center for Children and Families, Vanderburgh County CASA, Visiting Nurse Association, and VOICES.


Security Practice Leader Speaks at Conference

Brad Mathis, senior consultant and security practice leader with Keller Schroeder, was the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Patterns of Distinction – $ecurity Matter$ Conference, the largest information technology security conference in Western Kentucky. It is held at Murray State University‘s Curris Center in Murray.

The title of Brad’s keynote address was ‘Compliance is NOT Security!’ The theme centered on the importance of understanding the difference between ‘checkbox security’ and best practice framework based security. He discussed how, over the past several years, he has seen far too much emphasis placed on passing compliance audits and not enough energy invested in actual security and asset protection. His message was clear that it is imperative that security is baked in from the beginning and not an afterthought.

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The conference coincides with the Murray State Telecommunications Systems Management Awards Luncheon, where awards are presented to recognize outstanding students and industry individuals. Brad was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Nathan B. Stubblefield Award for Distinguished Lecture Series.

With over 27 years of experience, Brad’s certifications include:
• SANS GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
• Certified in the Governance in Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
• Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
• CompTIA Security+

He currently serves on the ITT School of Information Technology Program Advisory Committee and the IVY Tech Community College School of Business Advisory Council.