2012 MVG Winners Announced

Posted on February 21, 2013 in Corporate Updates

In December, Open Technology Group launched a company-wide MVG Essay Contest focused on our core values. In 750 words or less, employees were invited to describe how they clearly demonstrated each of the five values in their work during 2012. Surpass expectations. Help team members excel. Inspire enthusiasm. Forge open and honest relationships. Think innovatively. The outstanding essay submissions showed that these principles truly are the underpinning of the corporate culture at Open Technology Group.

“Everyone at headquarters really enjoyed reading the essay submissions. They inspired enthusiasm throughout the office, to say the least,” said Amanda Wallace, HR Manager. “Thank you to everyone who participated!”

After much deliberation, the headquarters staff named Josh Singer the 2012 MVG for his essay entitled “OTG– Finally A Group Who Gets It!” Additionally, four other employees will be awarded honorable mention prizes.

“Open Technology Group has a long-standing commitment to surpassing expectations, and we are proud that our employees did just that with their amazing essay submissions. We had many worthy entries, but Josh Singer did an exceptional job of capturing the essence and importance of our core values in the workplace,” said Jose Carlos Linares, Open Technology Group’s President and CEO.

As an Apple Engineer at the US Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, Josh has been providing exceptional support for Macintosh computers and Apple mobile devices since October of 2011. Because of his office-wide reputation for going out of his way to help others, Josh has become the go-to man for the BEP Photo Engravers, according to his co-workers.

“I enjoy integrating the Mac platform into the federal environment, and love assisting the office with their questions about these mysterious iMacs, iPhones, and iPads,” Josh said in his winning essay.

Josh will receive round-trip airfare for two to the destination of his choice in addition to a $1,000 bonus to cover travel expenses. Congratulations, Josh! We are proud to name you Open Technology Group’s 2012 Most Valuable Groupie!

Honorable mention winners will each receive a $150 gift card to the restaurant of their choice.

Thank you to all of the groupies who participated in the 2012 MVG Essay Contest. We look forward to seeing you continue to display the core values in your work during 2013.

Open Technology Group Donates Tablets to Fisher House

Posted on December 11, 2012 in Corporate Updates

Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center, accepts tablet donation
from the Open Technology Group headquarters team

Today, Open Technology Group donated Nexus 7 tablets to the Fisher House at the DC VA Medical Center. Open Technology Group partnered with the National Association of American Veterans (NAAV) to help identify the best way to provide technological assistance to veterans in the DC area. NAAV connected the small business with the Fisher House, who supports America’s military by offering free comfort homes to family members during a veteran’s hospitalization.

“Open Technology Group is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans and their caregivers. Many families must fly a long way from home and its conveniences to get excellent medical treatment. We hope these tablets will provide some comfort to the displaced families that stay in the Fisher House. From playing games to watching movies and listening to music, technology can serve as a relaxing distraction,” said Jose Carlos Linares, President and CEO of Open Technology Group. “The tablets are also a great tool for keeping distant family members up to date on treatments and progress via email and even video chat.”

Open Technology Group donated 20 tablets, one to stock each of the 20 rooms at the DC VA Medical Center Fisher House. Over the course of a year, the hundreds of family members that rotate through the Fisher House will be able to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology.

“When people come to the Fisher House, it is not because they want to. It is because a family member is gravely ill. Anything we can do to make their stay more comfortable is truly a blessing. This tablet donation will do more for the families than you will ever know,” said Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center.

Families can use the tablets to take notes on medical information with writing and notepad apps and later access the Internet to research medical conditions and learn more about treatment options. They can also use the tablets to keep in contact with distant family and friends. The entertainment factor will help to relieve some stress for families during a very difficult time in their lives. Each tablet comes equipped with wireless connectivity, a front-facing camera, and a 7-inch display. In addition, the tablets have access to Google Play, which offers over 700,000 apps and games, millions of books and songs, and thousands of movies.

Members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, dreamed of providing affordable temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis. In 1990, Trost shared this dream with Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who were immediately taken by the concept. In 1991, the first Fisher House opened in Bethesda, Maryland. Today, there is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center across the United States. Several Fisher Houses have even been established abroad.