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.

Rural Sourcing’s Third Annual Hackathon To Support Dixie Adoptables

Mobile, AL, March 29, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, today announced its third annual hackathon in Mobile, Alabama, scheduled to take place April 7th at RSI from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This year’s event will bring college students together to work on a project that will help protect the animals at Dixie Adoptables, a non-profit animal shelter. Each team will be given four hours to create a solution for a project that has yet to be revealed. Following a presentation to a panel of judges, the first place winners of the event will receive a coveted paid internship at RSI, which has been recognized as one of 100 top organizations selected for Computerworld’s 2016 Best Places to Work in IT. Food and drinks will be provided to all participants and prizes are awarded every hour throughout the day. “We’re really excited to develop a project that allows these college students to give back to the community in a manner that will actually make a difference,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources. “In addition, it will not only help Dixie Adoptables, but it will also give the students the opportunity to showcase their talent in a fun and energized environment.” This year’s panel of judges include: Matt Roberts, president of Dixie Adoptables, Paige Briggs, RSI software development center director in Albuquerque, and Scott Monnig, vice president of professional services at RSI. For more information or to register for the event, visit RSI Mobile Hackathon. About Dixie Adoptables Dixie Adoptables is a 501c3 animal rescue/shelter in South Mississippi working hard to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abandoned and unwanted pets in the community. For more information, visit www.dixieadoptables.org.

Rural Sourcing Earns Recognition as New Mexico Family-Friendly Workplace for Second Consecutive Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 20, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has earned 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. “Our colleagues are like our own family, so we strive to provide top-of-the-line benefits for them to create a well-balanced work/family lifestyle that ensures that not only is everyone taken care of but that the burden of care and well-being is lifted,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources. “As we grow the state’s economy, we have the opportunity to be a national leader in offering New Mexicans workplaces that help companies attract and keep the best workers,” said Giovanna Rossi, head of Family Friendly New Mexico. “Implementing family-friendly policies can be a simple, concrete investment a company can make to ensure it can compete for highly qualified employees. Studies have shown that costs associated with creating family-friendly benefits are more than made up for in improved productivity, employee morale and employee retention.” The New Mexico Task Force on Work Life Balance has 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.

Rural Sourcing Inc. Announces New Location For Software Development Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas

JONESBORO, Ark., February 27, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, announced today a new office location in Jonesboro, AR. The new office, located at 411 Union Street, has been recently renovated following a fire in July 2015. Built in the early 1900’s, the building is in line with RSI’s vision of working within restored historical buildings to help revitalize and attract other businesses to the downtown area. “We’re excited about the restoration of the building and the opportunities it affords us to grow and invest in our Jonesboro location,” said Ingrid Miller, chief operating officer at Rural Sourcing Inc. “We look forward to customizing this space to create a fun, Googlesque environment that our colleagues are proud to share with our clients and community.” RSI was founded in Jonesboro in 2004 and is home to its first software development center. Over the course of several years, additional centers have opened in Augusta, Ga, Mobile, Ala, and most recently, Albuquerque, N.M. 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 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.

Michael Reene, Senior Corporate Strategist, Joins Rural Sourcing Inc. Board of Directors

ATLANTA, February 7, 2017 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, announced today that Michael Reene has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Reene is a senior corporate strategist focused on business growth, market value growth and innovation. He recently served as a senior vice president within PRGX where he supported their turnaround initiative, and has served in senior advisory roles to CEO/Board levels for First Sports International, SunGard, Dasient, Avocent, and ChoicePoint. Reene started his career in technology at Accenture where he became a managing partner responsible for the Telecom and Media industry practice and then moved to IBM where he was global VP of IBM’s Telecom vertical. Reene has also played an active role within the community including founder and chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia, vice-chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, a trustee at Georgia State University, visiting lecturer at Emory University, board roles at Boy Scouts, the Business and Technology Alliance, and the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technologies. “Michael’s extensive experience in corporate development and strategic consulting will be extremely beneficial to the board as we continue on our growth trajectory,” said Monty Hamilton, chief executive office at Rural Sourcing Inc. “He is a natural fit on our board given his background and level of commitment to organizations and his community.” “This is an exciting time to join RSI given the current economic climate and the push towards bringing jobs back to America,” said Michael Reene. “Not only is Rural Sourcing creating jobs but more importantly they’re leveraging untapped talent in the cities where their development centers are located.” Reene holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Rural Sourcing Inc. Hires Paige Briggs as the New Software Development Center Director in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2016 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, has named Paige Briggs as the new director for the company’s software software development center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Paige’s extensive leadership and IT background along with her experience managing enterprise solutions makes her an excellent addition to our software development center,” said Ingrid Miller, chief operating officer at Rural Sourcing Inc. “Her broad expertise will help the center grow as well as provide strong direction as an employer of choice delivering world-class IT solutions.” Paige most recently served as the director of Office of Institutional Analytics at the University of New Mexico (UNM), overseeing the strategic direction and technical oversite. Prior to that, Paige managed the UNM Student Information Systems team and also previously managed six grants supporting neuroimaging research programs with correctional facilities in New Mexico and Wisconsin for the Mind Research Network. She started her IT career with Sandia National Laboratories as a senior member of the technical staff supporting Oracle applications. Paige earned an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. “RSI’s position in the marketplace, its strength in qualified colleagues and its growth trajectory, made it an easy decision to join,” said Paige Briggs. “I’m excited to join a company with a purpose-driven business model that also positively impacts my community.” 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 Hosts Third Annual Hackathon in Jonesboro

Jonesboro, Ark. – October 17, 2016 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to announce its third annual hackathon is scheduled to take place in Jonesboro on October 21st at the Brickhouse Grill from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Each team will be given four hours to create a project that has yet to be revealed. Following a presentation to a panel of judges, the first place winners of the event will receive a coveted paid internship at RSI, which has been recognized as one of 100 top organizations selected for Computerworld’s 2016 Best Places to Work in IT. Food and drinks will be provided to all participants and prizes are awarded every hour throughout the day. Unlike traditional hackathons where solutions to hypothetical situations are presented and solved, this event will involve working on a specific project for a local organization. This year’s hackathon is inspired by an old school theme and will feature at least eight teams of three to four local college students. “We’re thrilled that students from across the state will represent five universities,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources at Rural Sourcing. “This hackathon is the largest we’ve had to date and promises to generate amazing results.” The panel of judges includes Rachel Coulter, local meteorologist at KAIT-TV Region 8 News; Brad Crawley, director of IT at Central Baptist Church; and Lee Quessenberry, local coding guru and BBQ champion. For more information, visit the RSI Jonesboro Hackathon page.

Rural Sourcing Hosts Fifth Annual Hackathon in Augusta

Augusta, Ga. – October 10, 2016 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to announce its third annual hackathon is scheduled to take place in Jonesboro on October 14th at the Enterprise Mill in the Starch Room from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Each team will be given four hours to create a project that has yet to be revealed. Following a presentation to a panel of judges, the first place winners of the event will receive a coveted paid internship at RSI, which has been recognized as one of 100 top organizations selected for Computerworld’s 2016 Best Places to Work in IT. Food and drinks will be provided to all participants and prizes are awarded every hour throughout the day. Unlike traditional hackathons where solutions to hypothetical situations are presented and solved, this event will involve working on a specific project for a local organization. This year’s hackathon is inspired by an old school theme and will feature at least six teams of three to four local college students. “This year’s hackathon is very special to us given that for the past five years, we’ve been extremely successful in meeting, recruiting and hiring students from this event,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources at Rural Sourcing. The panel of judges includes Robert Bennett, executive director at the Development Authority of Columbia County; Eric Parker, president and founder of CONima, co-founder of theClubhou.se, co-founder and board chair of HACK Augusta, co-organizer of TEDxAugusta, and business partner in Sand Hill Endeavors; and John Dingfelder, director of corporate relations at the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit the RSI Augusta Hackathon page.

Rural Sourcing Hosts Inaugural Hackathon in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM – September 27, 2016 – Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), the leading provider of US-based IT outsourcing services, is excited to introduce its widely successful hackathon event to Albuquerque on September 30, 2016 at the Levitated Toy Factory from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Each team will be given four hours to create a project that has yet to be revealed. Following a presentation to a panel of judges, the first place winners of the event will receive a coveted paid internship at RSI, which has been recognized as one of 100 top organizations selected for Computerworld’s 2016 Best Places to Work in IT. Food and drinks will be provided to all participants and prizes are awarded every hour throughout the day. Unlike traditional hackathons where solutions to hypothetical situations are presented and solved, this event will involve working on a specific project for a local organization. This year’s hackathon is inspired by an old school theme and will feature at least eight teams of three to four local college students. “We’re excited to bring this hackathon to Albuquerque and allow local students to showcase their skill sets,” said Margaux Kaynard, vice president of human resources at Rural Sourcing. “The community has really embraced this event which is sure to produce some amazing results.” The panel of judges includes Jared Tarbell, Etsy co-founder, John Freisinger, president & CEO of Technology Ventures Corporation, and Shad Adair, actor and board member of Albuquerque Score and Talentura. For more information, visit the RSI Albuquerque Hackathon page.

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