Inbound Marketing: How to bust out of your social media growth plateau

For MarketingSherpa’s social media, we decided to shake up our plateau by taking the advice of one of our own case studies. TSP, an IT services firm in Dallas, increased LinkedIn followers by 51% in a year by enlisting employees as social media ambassadors.

TSP Continues Supporting Philanthropy Nationwide

(DALLAS) August 2, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, continues to support charities across the nation, sponsoring and participating in many charitable events thus far in 2017. Of the six events, four were requests that came directly from TSP employees.

“As part of our company vision, we are always looking for ways to get involved in our community,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO, TSP. “As opposed to selecting one corporate charitable event to support each year, we look to our employees to submit charities or causes that are close to their hearts.”

TSP’s involvement the first half of 2017 included the following:

  • In April, a team of #TSProckstars marched to end premature birth and other problems that threaten babies at Dallas’ March of Dimes March for Babies.
  • On April 29, TSP was a Platinum Sponsor for North Texas Christian Academy. The academy is located in McKinney, Texas – a short drive from TSP headquarters.
  • For the second consecutive year, TSP was a Silver Sponsor of Klays for Kids, a shooting tournament sponsored by Log-A-Load for Kids and the Forestry Association of South Carolina.
  • TSP sponsored and participated in Readers 2 Leaders, Lanes 2 Literacy on March 30. The program serves West Dallas students ages three to 12, so that they can succeed in school and graduate to live productive lives.
  • In addition to participating in the May 12 event, TSP was also a Tournament Sponsor of the 8th Annual Carolina Prospects Golf Tournament, organized by the Carolina Prospects Baseball Organization.
  • For the third year, TSP supported the 10th Annual Kansas City Vision Walk, donating to an employee’s daughter participating in the walk. Money raised goes towards funding sight-saving research by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

“We find it incredibly gratifying to be able to give back to the communities where we live, work and play,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president, TSP. “This is even more special when our employees demonstrate our vision by not only bringing those charities to the company for consideration, but also by donating their own time and resources to support the cause.”

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

TSP Named Finalist for 2017 Fast Tech Awards

(DALLAS) July 20, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, is proud to announce it has been selected as a finalist for Tech Titan’s Fast Tech Awards.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a finalist for the Fast Tech Awards,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of TSP. “We have been fortunate enough to experience growth throughout the past 15 years and hope to continue on that path.”

The Fast Tech Awards honor the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life science and clean technology companies in North Texas. Companies must have revenue between $2 million and $200 million to be eligible.

“We are excited to be included in the top 20 Fast Tech companies and are eager to see the final results,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president of TSP. “As with all company happenings, we truly could not have reached this point without our #TSProckstars.”

Tech Titans represents a quarter million employees through its 300 member companies, making it the largest technology trade association in Texas. The association provides information and resources for startups and established technology companies in North Texas.

On August 14, the top five companies will be revealed at the Fast Tech Reveal event at the Ballpark in Plano. The final list rankings will be announced at the Tech Titans Awards Gala on August 25 held at Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West, 6007 Legacy Drive in Plano.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

Rick Skaggs, Jesse Paredes and Charles Perez Honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

(DALLAS) June 21, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, announces three employees were presented with a Patriot Award on June 19. Rick Skaggs, president and co-founder; Jesse Paredes, field service manager; and Charles Perez, operations coordinator, received this high honor by Larry Thompson, area #10 chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), for their support of Guard and Reserve employees.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Thompson. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Skaggs, Paredes and Perez were nominated by First Lieutenant David Logan, an associate storage engineer at TSP.

“I proudly served in the United States Army for 3 years and I would do it all over again if I had the chance,” said Skaggs. “In 1973, I went to basic training as an 18-year-old kid and when I completed my military service with an Honorable Discharge in 1976, I was a man. It was in the Army that I learned responsibility, honor, pride, and hard work. I learned so many life lessons and got to travel all over the world – I will be forever thankful.”

This special award comes on the heels of a pending deployment for Logan. TSP is proud to employ current and former military personnel and is fully committed to providing those employees with the time off they need to fulfill their duties in defense of this great nation.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

About ESGR
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

North Texas Middle Market Companies Ranked by Growth Index Score

The average growth index score is derived from the 2014/2016 year-over-year absolute growth in revenue multiplied by the percent change in revenue for 2014 through 2016. The total was averaged and divided by the index result to produce the final index average.

Employees that are as Engaged as Talented have TSP Soaring

dallas-business-journal-logoAsk Rick Skaggs about how his company stays up with the evolving world of technology, and his answer is more about people than programming. “Our employees are encouraged to continue their education,” said the co-founder and president of Technology Service Professionals. “When they achieve the next highest certification or new technology, they are rewarded monetarily.”

TSP Ranks 47th on The Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Middle Market 50 List

(DALLAS) June 16, 2017 TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, ranked 47th on the The Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Middle Market 50 list. This ranking, announced last night during a special event at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, represents the second consecutive year TSP has been honored as part of the Middle Market 50.

“This achievement is something we could not have done without the hard work and dedication of our #TSPRockstars,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of TSP. “As a company, we are devoted to providing the best services to clients with the utmost integrity, and this ranking represents that commitment.”

Each year, The Dallas Business Journal sets out to identify the fastest-growing middle market companies in North Texas. Known as the Middle Market 50, this list includes both public and private companies with annual revenue between $25 million and $750 million and is ranked on a weighted growth index from years 2013 to 2016.

“We are honored to be included in this ranking for the second consecutive year. We hope to continue to grow along with our customers, while joining forces with new clients for years to come,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president of TSP.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

Frank Gonzalez of TSP Named a Finalist for D CEO’s 2017 Latino Business Awards

(DALLAS) June 15, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, is proud to announce that Frank Gonzalez, CEO and co-founder of TSP, was recently named a finalist for the D CEO’s Latino Business Awards.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Frank for many years and there is no one more deserving of this recognition,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president of TSP. “This nomination is a testament to his work ethic and commitment to both the company and the community.”

A partnership between D CEO Magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, the Latino Business Awards recognizes outstanding Latino leaders, companies and organizations in the North Texas region.

“I am honored to be a finalist among such an impressive group of Latino business professionals,” said Gonzalez. “It is truly with the help of my friends, family and all our employees that I am able to do what I do and bring further recognition to TSP.”.

Winners of the D CEO Latino Business Awards will be revealed in August at an exclusive event and all finalists will be recognized in the September issue of D CEO.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

Finalists Named: Latino Business Awards

D CEO is proud to announce the Latino Business Awards finalists for 2017. A partnership between D CEO Magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, the program honors outstanding Latino leaders and companies and organizations in the North Texas region.

TSP Announces Strategic Partnership with Global Process Automation

(DALLAS) May 10, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, announced the creation of a strategic partnership with Global Process Automation (GPA), an industry leader in distributed control systems, PLC applications, information technology, and cyber security.

“We are proud to be the largest third-party Quality Control Systems (QCS) service provider in North America,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of TSP. “To think that our industrial automation group has grown from zero to over 100 dedicated employees in a few short years is simply incredible. This partnership with GPA will undoubtedly allow us to continue that growth pattern, supplying additional and innovative solutions to TSP’s industrial clients.”

TSP’s Industrial Automation and Control practice focuses on QCS, in which engineers maintain and optimize the systems controlling the process in production entities, such as paper mills and rubber manufacturers. TSP’s field engineers monitor the equipment and manage the QCS environment, ensuring top-quality production, increasing productivity and profitability, and ultimately ensuring customer production specifications are adhered to.

Solution Highlights Include:

  • QCS and DCS service and support
  • Preventive and emergency maintenance
  • Thermal imaging and infrared camera services
  • Process analysis
  • Control optimization
  • Radiological testing and associated services

“I see this as a win-win for both our companies,” said Roel Harsta, president of GPA. “TSP has developed a great reputation in the industry, and we’re looking forward to working together.”

Historically, both companies worked in parallel verticals within the industrial automation and process controls sector. The services that TSP and GPA did not do were either referred to various partners or passed on all-together. Now, this joint partnership allows TSP and GPA to offer complimentary solutions to their extensive client portfolios.

“TSP and GPA are uniquely aligned in company culture and how we handle business with clients,” said Bill Weiss, director of sales and operations for Industrial Automation Solutions at TSP. “Part of our growth strategy is to seek out strategic partnerships and alliances, and GPA certainly fits the bill. We are excited to see how this partnership will enhance our services and client experience.”

The partnership is effective immediately. Please contact sales@mytsp.net to speak about these services, or any services that TSP can offer.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

About Global Process Automation
Global Process Automation (GPA) is headquartered in Wilmington NC with regional offices in Pryor, OK; Nashville, TN and Little Rock, AR and is a recognized leader in process automation, control and information systems. GPA has been involved in the pulp and paper, life science, and specialty chemical industries for over 20 years. Working with many leading DCS platforms, GPA has designed, engineered, integrated, and migrated many legacy DCS systems to modern platforms – which are needed in today’s ever-changing manufacturing environment. GPA’s staff of over 35 engineers, many of which are factory trained, bring years of process control experience to all facets of automation projects. Also, with a strong IT staff which understands the unique needs of process control, GPA is able to provide its clients with leading edge solutions in data analytics, networking, data center design, virtualization, and cyber security. For more information on Global Process Automation, visit www.global-business.net.

TSP Named to DBJ Middle Market 50 for the Second Year in a Row

dallas-business-journal-logoFor the third consecutive year, the Dallas Business Journal set out to find the fastest-growing middle market companies in North Texas. Our Middle Market 50 List includes private and public companies with annual revenue between $25 million and $750 million. The List is ranked by a weighted growth index from 2014 to 2016. Here is this year’s Middle Market 50 (shown in alphabetical order).

Global Process Automation Partners with TSP

Global Process Automation (GPA) is excited to announce a strategic partnership with the Industrial Automation Solutions group of TSP (Technology Service Professionals). This joint partnership allows GPA and TSP to offer complimentary solutions to their extensive client portfolio.

EY Announces Frank Gonzalez and Rick Skaggs of TSP Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Finalists in the Southwest Region

(DALLAS) May 4, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, is proud to announce co-founders Frank Gonzalez and Rick Skaggs were recently named as finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Southwest Region. If named regional award winners, Gonzalez and Skaggs are then eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® national competition on November 18.

“When we founded TSP nearly 15 years ago, we never dreamed we would be the company that we are today,” said Frank Gonzalez, CEO and co-founder, TSP. “While TSP began with just the two of us, we have grown to nearly 650 employees, all of whom continue to strengthen our company culture and provide top quality services to all clients in the TSP family.”

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gonzalez and Skaggs were selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges after undergoing a written application and in-person interview.

“It is such an honor to be considered for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award two years running,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president at TSP. “As any business-owner knows, running a company is hard work, but recognition such as this continues to prove the work is worth the reward.”

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 24 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

EY announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Southwest Region

EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Southwest region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

TSP Sponsors Fifth Annual Leighton’s Ride, a Charity Motorcycle Ride on May 20 Benefitting Leighton’s Gift

(DALLAS) May 2, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, announced it will be the signature sponsor of the fifth-annual Leighton’s Ride. The fundraising event will benefit Leighton’s Gift, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2013 with a mission to turn a tragedy into something positive.

The ride will occur on May 20, starting and finishing at Old Celina Park (12670 FM 428, Celina,TX 75009). For those who may not own or ride a motorcycle, there will also be an open celebration and classic car show, featuring live music from Cross Atlantic and Faded Blue, as well as food from In-N-Out Burger.

“Giving back to the community is one of our favorite things to do as a company and we’re once again proud to sponsor Leighton’s Ride,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO, TSP. “Seeing this charity event grow throughout the years has been rewarding and we love supporting an important cause dear to one of our own #TSProckstars, Chris, and his wife Amy.”

The annual ride is the main source of fundraising for Leighton’s Gift, which was co-founded by Chris Skaggs, TSP’s senior director of talent and brand management, and his wife Amy Skaggs, after their experience in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with their son Jaxon, and late daughter, Leighton. The foundation’s current project is dedicated to installing webcams into the NICU at various hospitals – enabling parents to connect with their infants at any time from their computer, smart phone, tablet or other web-enabled device.

“TSP’s continued support has made all the difference in what we are able to do as an organization,” said Chris Skaggs. “To date, we have provided 45 NICU webcams at Texas Health Plano. As we continue to raise awareness and funds for Leighton’s Gift, we rely on the support of TSP and our community.”

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.

About Leighton’s Gift
Leighton’s Gift is 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2013 by Chris and Amy Skaggs with a mission to turn a tragedy into something positive. After the premature birth and subsequent neonatal intensive care (NICU) admission of both Jaxon and Leighton, they were inspired to give back. Jaxon came home from the NICU after 74 long days; however, Leighton earned her angel wings three short weeks after birth due to a late-onset group B strep infection. It was the couple’s desire to create a lasting legacy for Leighton that was the main driving force behind the creation of the foundation. To learn more, visit http://leightonsgift.com/.

TSP Announces New Data Migration Service and Other Advanced Professional Service Offerings

(DALLAS) April 25, 2017TSP (Technology Service Professionals), a privately held IT services company, announces the addition of data migration services and other advanced professional services. The new offerings enhance the company’s existing project and managed service offerings by TSP’s IT infrastructure and data management and cloud solutions practices.

“As the IT industry is holistically making a shift to decentralized management, the ability to be flexible, reduce operational costs and decrease time to market is imperative to stay competitive in the marketplace,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president of TSP. “The vision for IT is evolving to redirect daily tasks to business enablement through technology versus reactive internal systems management.”

TSP’s Data Migration Service Highlights Include:

  • Storage vendor agnostic
  • Heterogeneous and homogeneous environments
  • SAN and NAS
  • Application specific such as SQL, Exchange, and Oracle
  • Virtualization storage moves and/or redesign to meet best practice of new storage
  • On premise to off premise, or hybrid for cloud environments

 

Additional Advanced Professional Services Assessment Offerings from TSP Include:

  • Storage and virtualization health checks
  • Virtualization capacity planning
  • Infrastructure optimization
  • Cloud readiness

 

“We have built our reputation on providing a portfolio of services that enable our customers to focus on their primary business objectives,” said Frank Gonzalez, co-founder and CEO of TSP. “The delivery of the data migration service provides customers with best practice tools, methodologies, and planning to ensure data integrity, while simplifying what can be a complex process.”

TSP uses multiple methods to migrate data depending on what best suits the customer needs.  As a Cirrus Data Partner, TSP is able to utilize its technology, allowing the introduction of the migration appliance to be non-intrusive as it simplifies deployment of new destination storage and minimizes outage during cutover to maintain customer SLA’s.

If you would like to speak to a TSP representative about these new service offerings, or any of TSP’s service offerings, please email sales@mytsp.net.

About TSP
Founded in 2002, TSP is a privately held IT services company. From IT infrastructure to industrial automation and controls, TSP’s product is its people, dedicated #TSProckstars who share the goal of providing an entirely positive, above and beyond service experience. A certified minority-owned business servicing companies throughout the United States and Canada, TSP offers a wide range of customized IT solutions to fit each client’s distinctive business needs, including maintenance, managed, project and consulting services. To learn more, visit https://3.82.32.181 and subscribe to our blog.