Rural Sourcing to Bring 150 Technology Jobs to Oklahoma City
ATLANTA, October 25, 2018 – Rural Sourcing, the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to officially announce that it will open its fifth development center in Oklahoma City. The center will create 150 software development jobs that will provide solutions to its Fortune 1000 and technology clients. This decision equates to over a $7 million dollar investment in the first year into the community and reinforces Rural Sourcing’s mission of creating thousands of jobs in the U.S. “We chose Oklahoma City because it has a rich and diverse talent pool, supportive city leadership, and a tech scene where we can become a catalyst for growth,” said Monty Hamilton, CEO of Rural Sourcing. “The city also has an abundance of local schools and universities that are willing to partner with us on their software development curriculum so that we can grow the overall technology workforce and further strengthen our position in the marketplace.” “We are excited to welcome Rural Sourcing to our community,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “Their investment in our people, their presence in one of our historic buildings and their commitment to helping grow our future workforce signifies their determination to be a strong corporate citizen and contributor to Oklahoma City’s growth.” “I am glad to welcome Rural Sourcing to Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma community," said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. "The fact Oklahoma City prevailed over 49 other cities is another indication that our economic pro-business policies are diversifying Oklahoma's economy by helping attract a wide variety of jobs and businesses to the state. Oklahoma is proud to have this software development company, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the company and its employees." The new center will be located in the Rock Island Plow building, which was chosen for its strategic, downtown location and its historical significance. The building was constructed in 1909 by the Rock Island Railroad Corporation of Chicago and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. In keeping with Rural Sourcing tradition and the vision of its CEO, Rural Sourcing chooses revitalized locations over brand new buildings in its efforts to reuse existing space to mesh American history with the future of technology. “As we become invested within a community, it is important that we create an innovative and collaborative environment for our colleagues that reminds us not only where we came from but where we are going,” said Hamilton. Rural Sourcing is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and has additional software development centers in Albuquerque, NM, Augusta, GA, Jonesboro, AR and Mobile, AL. To learn more about open positions in Oklahoma City, visit www.ruralsourcing.com/careers.
Rural Sourcing Receives the Elite Award for Communication and Shared Vision as well as Named One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, for the Fourth Consecutive Year.
ATLANTA, June 29, 2018 – Rural Sourcing, the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, announced today that it has received the Elite Award for Communication and Shared Vision and for the fourth year in a row has been named one of “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” “It’s important that as we continue our rapid growth, that we maintain the foundation of our core values and our culture as they are critical to our success and the well-being of our colleagues,” said Monty Hamilton, chief executive officer at Rural Sourcing. “Receiving both of these awards, is a testament to these efforts and what makes Rural Sourcing a great place to work.” The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.
The Albuquerque Journal Names Rural Sourcing A Winner of the New Mexico 2018 Top WorkPlaces Award
Albuquerque, NM, May 14, 2018 – Rural Sourcing, the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Albuquerque Journal. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. “We’re honored to be named a 2018 Top WorkPlace and included amongst such distinguished companies,” said Monty Hamilton, chief executive officer at Rural Sourcing. “We strive to be an open organization where individuals are encouraged to bring their whole selves to the office, are challenged to continuously learn, and collaborate with their colleagues.” “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.” About Energage, LLC Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.
Rural Sourcing Announces Bill Kostel as the New Director of their Albuquerque Software Development Center
Albuquerque, NM, April 30, 2018 – Rural Sourcing, the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has named Bill Kostel as the new director for the company’s software development center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bill most recently served as the vice president of planning at Air Transport Business Development, overseeing client product delivery and the financial and marketing aspects of customer projects. Simultaneously, Bill was the mentor liaison at ABQid where he coordinated all mentor activities at the venture-backed business accelerator. He continues as an active mentor in the New Mexico start-up and small business ecosystem. Bill earned an MBA in Finance from Texas Christian University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. “Bill’s background working with both large enterprises and smaller startups provides the experience to further accelerate the rapid growth of our dev center,” said Ingrid Miller, chief operating officer at Rural Sourcing. “In addition, his mentorship background will be an excellent complement to our mentoring programs and the continued professional development of our colleagues.” The Albuquerque software development center is located in the former Flying Star Café at 723 Silver Ave SW. In addition to this location, RSI has three other development centers located in Augusta, Ga, Jonesboro, Ark, and Mobile, Ala.
Rural Sourcing Recognized as New Mexico Family-Friendly Workplace for Third Year in a Row
ALBUQUERQUE, March 22, 2018 – Rural Sourcing (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has earned the gold level distinction for its workplace policies by Family Friendly New Mexico, a statewide project developed to recognize companies that have adopted policies that give New Mexico businesses an edge in recruiting and retaining the best employees. “We recognize not only the importance of the health and well-being of our colleagues but also the effect that our culture can have on their happiness and ultimately our clients,” said Monty Hamilton, chief executive officer at Rural Sourcing. “We work hard to create a well-balanced work/family lifestyle that promotes innovation and gives our colleagues the ability to bring their whole selves to the office.” The New Mexico Task Force on Work Life Balance created an online business award called the New Mexico Family Friendly Business Award, to recognize and celebrate New Mexico businesses that have family friendly policies in place, including paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support. The statewide task force was created by the New Mexico State Legislature in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.nmfamilyfriendlybusiness.com.
Margaux Kaynard Named HR Leader of the Year
ATLANTA, October 23, 2017 – Rural Sourcing (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is pleased to announce that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Georgia State Council has named Margaux Kaynard the HR Leader of the Year. This award recognizes a human resource leader who has advanced the profession in a significant way. At the top of their profession, the individuals nominated for this award serve as role models for their peers, set the standard that others follow, and apply their expertise to enhance the human resource profession across Georgia. “We are extremely proud of Margaux and the impact that she makes within Rural Sourcing as well as our community,” said Monty Hamilton, CEO at Rural Sourcing. “From leader to mentor, educator to innovator, and employee advocate to volunteer, Margaux’s passion and commitment is an inspiration to us all.” About SHRM-Atlanta SHRM-Atlanta, founded in 1965, is one of the largest single-city Chapter affiliates of the national Society for Human Resource Management, with a current membership of over 2,300 individuals representing more than 1,300 large and small organizations in the metro Atlanta area. SHRM-Atlanta empowers Atlanta’s HR professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge, develop their business and leadership acumen, and create best-in-class workforces and workplaces. More information is available at www.shrmatlanta.org.
Rural Sourcing’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Reveal New Location and Green Space
ATLANTA, October 5, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to present today its new office and green space in Jonesboro, AR from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The newly renovated office, located at 411 Union Street, still maintains the architectural integrity of the original building, while modernizing the interior to form a workspace that fosters innovation and creativity. In addition, a green space has been added on the side of the building as a way to recharge and promote mental well-being. “We’re excited to provide our colleagues with an environment that gives them the versatility to work indoors or out,” said Monty Hamilton, CEO at Rural Sourcing Inc. “We wanted to create a space that provides optimal collaboration amongst our teams leading to the best solutions and outcomes for our clients.” RSI’s mission is to be the onshore alternative for software development and support that might traditionally be sent offshore to countries such as India and China. By opening these technology hubs in low-cost of living, high-quality of life U.S. cities, RSI not only brings “big city” jobs to smaller communities but also helps clients lower their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for IT. Furthermore, by having development centers in the United States, RSI’s clients benefit from common language, cultural and business alignment and time-zone compatibility.
Rural Sourcing Named Best Place to Work in Arkansas For 3rd Year in a Row
ATLANTA, September 25, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas for three consecutive years. The designation, made in partnership with Best Companies Group, recognizes companies that have created an environment for employees that is unique and rewarding. “To receive this honor three years in a row is extremely gratifying because we continually strive to nurture a collaborative environment that encourages innovation and fosters personal and professional growth,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources at Rural Sourcing. “It’s also a reflection of our amazing colleagues and their commitment to the company, our clients, and community.” The Best Places to Work in Arkansas is a two-part survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers. Best Companies Group first evaluated each nominated company's policies, practices, benefits, and demographics. Next, employees were surveyed to measure the employee engagement and satisfaction.
Rural Sourcing Unveils TCO Calculator to Demonstrate the Value of Domestic Sourcing
ATLANTA, August 30, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services announced today that it has created the Rural Sourcing TCO Calculator to compare the total cost of ownership of software development between RSI, offshore developers, and other staffing solutions. Now, more than ever, companies are looking for other options to offshoring. According to a recent Gartner report, “sourcing and vendor management leaders must apply risk mitigation strategies to avoid delivery disruption if foreign resources face challenges with obtaining visas for onshore work.” It further states that “…any modifications to the visa program will have an impact on IT service providers and their clients.” (1) The Rural Sourcing TCO Calculator was developed to assist clients and prospects in benchmarking their software development outsourcing TCO, while considering the impact of variables like H-1B reform, language, cultural alignments, and business context. The Calculator is a robust tool that allows the user to customize distinct and commonly accepted productivity factors to their unique situation. This flexibility allows for a more accurate assessment of the total cost of ownership for outsourced software development needs. The outputs can then be saved as a pdf and shared amongst all stakeholders of the decision-making team, incorporating insights from the Lewis cultural model and benchmarking analysis of your hourly labor rate. The tool will allow clients to evaluate their rates versus the norms by country for software development. “With the uncertainty of H-1B legislation changes and changes to US trade agreements, requests to illustrate the value of domestic sourcing have significantly increased,” said Derek Perry, vice president of innovation. “The Rural Sourcing TCO Calculator not only demonstrates the value of the various options but illuminates the hidden costs associated with offshore developers.” For more information on the Rural Sourcing TCO Calculator or to receive a demo, visit www.ruralsourcing.com/tco-calculator. (1) Gartner, Potential H-1B Visa Changes and NAFTA Withdrawal Could Impact Your Offshore Outsourcing Deal, March 2017
Rural Sourcing Named 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Alabama
Mobile, Ala., July 31, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services announced today that it was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. “We’re honored to receive this award and be recognized with such amazing companies,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources at Rural Sourcing. “We take great pride in creating a collaborative culture and engaging work place that supports our colleague’s personal and professional success.” This award was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the economy, workforce, and businesses. Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey: the first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics and the second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.
Rural Sourcing Named Atlanta’s Best of the Best Small Business and for the Third Consecutive Year, a Best and Brightest Company to Work For®
ATLANTA, July 6, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services announced today that it has been named “Atlanta’s Best of the Best Small Business” and for the third year in a row as one of “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” “The foundation to our success is recognizing that our colleague’s happiness is tantamount to their success as well as ours,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources. “Receiving this award, especially amongst such amazing companies is an honor and a reflection of our efforts to be an employer of choice.” Rural Sourcing won the Best of the Best Small Business award in part because it scored in the top 10% in five out of ten categories, and also reached the top 5% for Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; and Work Life Balance. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance; and the Best of the Best Small Business. About the Best and Brightest Programs The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country.
Rural Sourcing Inc. Hires Anthony Robinson, Ph.D. as the New Software Development Center Director in Augusta, Ga
AUGUSTA, Ga, June 14, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has named Anthony (Tony) Robinson, Ph.D. as the new director of the company’s software development center in Augusta, Ga. Tony most recently served as the chief operating officer at Ocozzio, overseeing the strategic growth of the organization as well as developing colleague engagement and cultivating its culture. Previously, Tony was an assistant professor and interim MBA program director at Augusta University where he taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students. Tony earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Strategic Management from the University of Alabama, an MS in Organizational Change from Georgia State University, an MBA in IT from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Business Administration in Finance from Augusta University. “Tony’s unbounded enthusiasm and energy is a great addition to the RSI team,” said Scott Monnig, vice president of professional services at Rural Sourcing Inc. “His collaborative style, coupled with his extensive leadership and management background will continue the growth trajectory that RSI has planned for this center.” The Augusta software development center is located in the historic Enterprise Mill at 1450 Greene Street. In addition to this location, RSI has three other software development centers located in Albuquerque, N.M., Jonesboro Ark., and Mobile, Ala.
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