Blood Drive 2016

Calling all heroes! Would you like a chance to win some Firefly Festival tickets, TekSolv store credit or a $2000 gift card!? If these incentives or just the fact that you will be SAVING LIVES sounds appealing to you, we’d love if you would join us for our 3rd Annual TekSolv Blood Drive.

The Blood Drive will take place on Tuesday, June 7th from 11am-3pm at our Corporate office location: 130 Executive Drive, Newark, DE 19702. All donors receive a complimentary meal from Chubbs Food Truck, courtesy of TekSolv.

Time slots are limited so be sure to secure your appointment today by calling 1.888.8.BLOOD.8 or online at delmarvablood.org.

If you can’t make it that day, fear not! Make a donation at any time from now through September 24th and fill out your Hero Card using “TekSolv” on the “Organization Name” field and it will still count.

Share and help spread the word!

For questions or concerns please contact Jessenia Santiago at 302.738.1050 or jsantiago@teksolv.com.

Employee Spotlight- Sarah Hellrung

Congratulations to our Employee Spotlight, Sarah Hellrung from our Illinois office!
Read below for our interview with Sarah to learn some more about her.

How long have you worked for TekSolv?
7 Months.

What is your position title and a short description of what you do on a daily basis?
Customer Support Specialist Setting contractors up with new accounts, answer phones/emails, and getting students checked in and out for their training, proctoring, and collecting past due payments for overdue accounts.

What do you enjoy most about your job and about working for TekSolv?
Meeting new people daily, learning new things, and the challenges that this job brings on a daily basis.

What has been your proudest moment working at TekSolv so far?
Getting my CPR/AED certification.

What was your previous work/education background?
Before working with TekSolv, I was a dental assistant. I graduated High school from Alton High, and then pursued Dental Assisting School in Swansea, Illinois.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and during the summer I enjoy hanging by the pool and being outside!

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Pepsi and my cellphone.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Fiji, because its nice and sunny!

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss

What is one thing on your bucket list that you dream of doing?
Go scuba diving.

If you could have lunch with any famous person (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?
Channing Tatum- For the conversation of course.

What is your favorite food?
Italian and BBQ!

What piece of advice would you give to someone working in this industry?
A smile goes a long way

OSHA Update: What’s New

LOOK OUT FOR THESE NEW CHANGES

OSHA Penalties to Increase

For the first time in 25 years OSHA is allowed to raise its citation penalties. The new budget which was signed in November of 2015, allows OSHA to skip the issuing of a proposed rule on the increase, rather the increase will become effective immediately upon publication.

New maximum penalties will look like:
Other than serious        $12,600
Serious                                 $12,600
Willful                                  $126,000
Repeat                                 $126,000

Recordkeeping and Tracking of Workplace Injuries

A new final order will require employers with 250 or more employees to electronically submit their OSHA 300 Log on a quarterly basis which OSHA would post to their website.

New Silica Ruling

The new silica ruling should be published sometime in the near future, bringing the 40-year-old permissible exposure limits (PELs) for crystalline silica in general industry, construction and shipyards into the 21st century.
Both NIOSH and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommend 50ug/m3 and 25ug/m3 exposure limits, respectively, for respirable crystalline silica.

For more information regarding permissible exposure limits for silica please visit:

Updating Eye and Face Protection Standard

When standards are updated, OSHA does not currently revise the regulations to reflect changes in the standards.  OSHA now intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rule-making to incorporate the 2010 edition of ANSI Z87.1, 2010 which is organized by most frequently recurring hazards.  This will add new product requirements, testing methods and expanded product markings.  Employers will now need to match the markings to the specific hazard addressed.

Contact a TekSolv Safety Professional for more information on these updates at 866.TekSolv

February Employee Spotlight: Ryan Moore

Congratulations to our February Employee Spotlight, Ryan Moore from Ohio!
Check out our interview with Ryan to learn some more about him.

How long have you worked for TekSolv?
2 years

What is your position title and a short description of what you do on a daily basis?
Field Superintendent- I help manage day-to-day operations at the Ohio office.

What has been your proudest moment working at TekSolv so far?
Coworkers having faith in me to become a Superintendent and to do work for the Ascent Resources project.

What was your previous work/education background?
I graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in 2012. I worked as a shift supervisor immediately after college at Lowe’s until 2013.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to spend your free time?
I like running demolition derbies, riding horses with my wife, fishing, attending sporting events, having playtime with my daughter.

What do you enjoy most about your job and about working for TekSolv?
The people are the best part of my job; working with this group makes my job easier and more enjoyable. Working at TekSolv never includes a mundane type of day, as there is always something changing or new.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Germany. I’ve always had an interest in WWII and the events that occurred in Germany, and would want to see the different areas and landmarks where these events took place.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Comedy- I can only see or hear so much about people like the Kardashians, contestants on The Bachelor, or the like before I start to lose my mind.

What is your favorite food?
Steak.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
My mom always used to tell me, “It’ll be alright”, regardless of what was happening in my life. That phrase taught me not to stress over every minute detail in life, but to take it in stride and keep working until it is alright.

What is one thing on your bucket list that you dream of doing?
Attending a baseball game at Fenway Park.

If you could have lunch with any famous person who would you choose and why?
Woody Hayes. I’ve read books written about him by various authors and found that, aside from being a great football coach, he was the type of person that could make somebody from any walk of life a better person (including those who were not on his rosters). Not to mention, he was a war history buff and former Naval officer in WWII, which are topics I could discuss with him for hours.

What piece of advice would you give to someone working in this industry?
Make sure you have, or develop, a lot of patience and flexibility. This industry will run you through the gauntlet during its ups and downs, but if you persevere, this line of work is very rewarding.

January Employee Spotlight: Elaine Randolph

How long have you worked for TekSolv?
I will be with TekSolv 3 years in March.

What is your position title and a short description of what you do on a daily basis? 
I am an Accounting Assistant.  I work in the billing department and am responsible for all of the oil & gas & HydroWatch billing, as well as the billing for  the Illinois Safety Council.  I also, bill Sales Orders and enter everyone’s time in QuickBooks for billing purposes.

What do you enjoy most about your job and about working for TekSolv?
I like doing detailed, meticulous type tasks so this job is a pretty good fit for me.  What I enjoy most about working for TekSolv is working with everyone in the PA Office.  We all get along really well and support each other daily and that makes my job more enjoyable!

What has been your proudest moment working at TekSolv so far?
My proudest moments come when I see the pride others take in their work.  Everyone in the billing department is very conscientious about the quality of their work and doing their best for TekSolv.

What was your previous work/education background?
I received a BA in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Penn State Harrisburg.  I had a 13-year career in the field of Public Administration mostly as a Senior Economic Development Policy Analyst with the PA Department of Commerce before leaving the workforce to raise my two sons.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to spend your free time?
I like to read and I enjoy creating cross stitch gifts for friends and family.  I spend much of my free time watching football (NFL and college) and college basketball!!

What are some things that you would like others to know about you in order for them to get to know you better?
I grew up in Johnstown, PA and survived the Flood of 1977.  I have been married to Erik for 24 years and have two sons in college, ages 20 and 21.  I am a HUGE Steelers fan and a Pitt fan.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
I would travel to Heinz Field to see the Steelers cream the Ravens!  Sorry Holly…

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Probably a dog.  My husband and I have had 4 dogs throughout our marriage.  We currently have Soda Pop a rescue dog from Tennessee.

What is your favorite food?
Cheesecake with cherries on top.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. –Aristotle

What is one thing on your bucket list that you dream of doing?
I zip-lined through a mega-cavern this past summer, so that was enough thrills for one lifetime.  I think I’m done!

If you could have lunch with any famous person (dead or alive) who would you choose and why?
Although they are not famous (they are to me), I would love to have lunch with my sister and brother who both passed away while only in their 40’s.  It would be awesome to have one more meal with them!

What song would you choose to be the soundtrack of your life?
Change My Heart O God (Eddie Espinosa)

What piece of advice would you give to someone working in this industry?
If they are working in accounting/billing, my advice would be to pay attention to the detail and always check your work!

Winter Driving Tips

Here are some winter driving tips to help keep you safe on the road.

  •  When approaching a sharp bend on a snowy road, first, gently apply the brakes before the turn. Take your foot off of the brake and coast  through the corner while turning the wheel. Only after you exit the bend do you straighten the wheel and gently speed up.
  • Speeding is the single biggest reason a person loses control in the snow. Slow down and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. It takes 4 to 10 times longer to stop in ice and snow. You should know that going too slow can also be problematic, so adjust your speed to the conditions.
  • If you start to slide, don’t panic. You should accelerate lightly in order to transfer the weight to the rear and increase traction. If your car over steers (slides forward without turning) you should straighten the steering wheel and gently touch the brakes. This action shifts more weight over the front wheels and helps the tires “grip” again.
  • Remember that year around, never use your cruise control on wet, icy, or snowy roads.
  • Anti-lock brakes are rendered useless on snowy and icy roads, so don’t depend on that feature.

Prepare your car for winter.

  • Tire Pressure should be 3-5 psi higher than recommended pressure.
  • Make certain your battery and charging systems are up to snuff.
  • Antifreeze should be a 50/50 solution with water. Also make certain that there are not leaks in your cooling system.
  •  Get good windshield wipers. Make sure your wiper fluid in adequate.
  • Try and keep your gas tank close to full.

Put the basic supplies in your car in the event that you get stuck. These would include: flares, first aid kit, extra winter clothes, a bag of sand, phone charger, ice scrapper, flash- light, dried foods, shovel, tire sealant

And remember: plan your trips around weather when possible and if you become stranded in an unfamiliar location, stay in your car!

Contact your TekSolv EHS Professional with any winter driving safety questions.

December Employee Spotlight: James Griffin

Congratulations to James Griffin from our West Virginia office who was selected as our December Employee Spotlight! Check out our interview with James:

What is your position title and a short description of what you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am a Team Supervisor. I maintain daily basic office work along with helping my techs perform the job at hand to help ensure customers are happy, company standards are met or exceeded, and more.

How long have you worked for TekSolv?
January 28th will be two years.

What has been your proudest moment working at TekSolv so far?
Making it as a Team Supervisor in WV and getting recognized for my hard work.

What do you enjoy most about your job and working at TekSolv?
I enjoy the fact that the job that my techs and I do are making a difference out in the field to protect our customers and keeping them safe. At the end of the day, we all want to go home to our families.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family… Definitely my wife and kids. They are the reason I am who I am.

What are your hobbies and how do you like to spend your free time?
My hobbies are sports. I love basketball and football. In my free time I enjoy watching my kids play sports and spending time with my wife and our four boys.

What was your previous work/education background?
I graduated from Parkersburg South in 2002. I attended a welding program at WVUP. I was also in the painters union for some time as well as working at Dickerson Oil Corporation before coming to TekSolv.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Cruise ship. I love the water so much. It doesn’t matter, I’d go anywhere!

What would like others to know about you in order for them to get to know you better?
I am a family oriented person. My wife and I just had our fourth son November 17th. I am also a very hardworking and dedicated person to the job at hand.

What is your favorite food?
Mexican and Italian. Love them both.

What is your favorite quote or saying?
“Behind every successful man is a strong woman.”

What is one thing on your bucket list that you dream of doing?
Going around to as many sports stadiums as I possible can. I love sports.

What song would you choose to be the soundtrack of your life?
Kid Rock. Roll On.

If you could have lunch with any famous person who would you choose and why?
No one famous, however, I would love to lunch with my aunt Debbie who was always there for me growing up and never gave up on me. I would love to have lunch and talk to her one last time. She passed away on the day I was hired–January 28th. I did not get to say goodbye to her but I know how proud she would be of me and how far I have come in such a short amount of time with TekSolv.

What piece of advice would you give to someone working in this industry?
You have to separate your family from your work. I give TekSolv 120% the week I’m on– and my family 120% the week I’m home.


Want to work with great team members like Steve? Check out our job openings here.

November Employee Spotlight: Steve Vonnahmen

Congratulations to Steve Vonnahmen from our Illinois office who was selected as our November Employee Spotlight! Check out our interview with Steve:

Steve Vonnahmen Employee Spotlight

How long have you worked for TekSolv? 7 months

What is your position title and a short description of what you do on a daily basis? My title is an Instructor and Rescue and Equipment Tech, most days I instruct the Precert class for the local facilities in the morning and then followed by one of the following classes, IPAF, First Aid/CPR. I also take care of all the equipment that Collinsville has, and make sure it’s ready to head out to the next job.

What do you enjoy most about your job and about working for TekSolv? I enjoy working with an office that is positive and wanting to help each other out.

What has been your proudest moment working at TekSolv so far? First day on the job was my proudest moment while I have been working for TekSolv. I felt like I was a part of a big family, and a company that cared about the employees which means a lot to me.

What was your previous work/education background? In my previous job I worked at Phillips 66 with a contract firefighter, and then I rose to the rank of fire captain. I am currently working on my degree in fire science.  

What are your hobbies and how do you like to spend your free time? I enjoy spending my spare time at the firehouse where I volunteer, or with a group of friends on the golf course.

What are some things that you would like others to know about you in order for them to get to know you better? I have been a volunteer firefighter for 7 years now, I really enjoy helping others out. I am a huge St Louis Blues fan, and try to go to as many games as I can. I also enjoy war movies and the history behind the wars.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why? I would travel back to St Thomas, I have been there once before, but for only one day (cruise), and would love to spend more time there next time around.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? Cell phone.

What is your favorite food? My wife’s homemade pizza.

What is your favorite quote or saying?

Let no man’s ghost ever come back and say his training failed him, So others may live.

What is one thing on your bucket list that you dream of doing? Make it to the New York Ground Zero Memorial.

If you could have lunch with any famous person who would you choose and why? Winston Churchill, just for his knowledge and to get more inside of WW2 that people never heard of.

What song would you choose to be the soundtrack of your life? Haven’t thought about it.

What piece of advice would you give to someone working in this industry? Don’t think you know everything there is to know. There is always something you can learn and make yourself better. Keeping an open and positive attitude will get you places in life.


 

Want to work with great team members like Steve? Check out our job openings here.

TekSolv Places Among Top 30 on Philadelphia 100 List

Philadelphia 100 award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Newark, DE – October 21, 2015 – TekSolv is proud to announce they have ranked within the top thirty companies on the esteemed Philadelphia 100 list. Placing twenty-seventh overall, this list celebrates the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region. This prestigious recognition platform is a joint project of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal and has been recognizing top companies in the region since 1988.

“We accept this award on behalf of our hard working team and their diligent commitment to the TekSolv vision on a daily basis,” said John Mouser, President of TekSolv. “Without these combined efforts, we would not be where we are today. We would like to thank the Philadelphia 100 for this recognition and for their ongoing support for companies in this region.”

Rankings and winners are based on revenue growth rate from the past three years. This merit-based placement system has made the Philadelphia 100 one of the most credible and sought-after awards in the region. Winners were honored and rankings were revealed at the Gala Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Pennsylvania Campus.

About TekSolv, Inc.
TekSolv, headquartered in Newark, Delaware, has grown into award-winning providers of professional service solutions for industrial markets, focusing on safety and training services, systems integrations and oilfield automation services, engineering consulting, and environmental and occupational health services. TekSolv recently earned a position on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the third consecutive year. To learn more about TekSolv visit www.teksolv.com.

About Philadelphia 100
The Philadelphia 100 has been the hallmark of entrepreneurial achievement in the region since 1988. The project, which is run by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal, identifies and honors the 100 fastest growing, privately held entrepreneurial companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

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Contact:
Andrea DeMaio
TekSolv, Inc.
130 Executive Dr. Suite 5
Newark, DE 19702
Office: 302-738-1050
ademaio@teksolv.com

TekSolv Wins Award for Excellence in Health and Safety

oil and gas award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Newark, DE — October 21, 2015 — TekSolv is pleased to announce it was presented with the Award for Excellence in Health & Safety at the 3rd Annual Oil & Gas Awards for the Southwest & Midcontinent Region. A judging panel comprised of industry experts from the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry selected TekSolv from among a strong pool of candidates. The company was recognized for the achievements and advancements of one of their core systems which provide oil and gas solutions for the industry.

“Our team is honored to accept this award,” said John Mouser, President of TekSolv. “Our dedication to health and safety on a daily basis has allowed us to effectively serve our customers through our systems. We are very proud of the hard work of our team and would like to thank the Oil & Gas Awards for their ongoing support.”

The Excellence in Health & Safety Award identifies specific products and initiatives that have substantially reduced the risk to workers or community members in the region. Additionally, it recognizes product developments or changes in processes that have had a positive impact and have made significant improvements in health and safety awareness. TekSolv along with winners from other categories, were presented with the award at the Oil & Gas Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

About TekSolv, Inc.
TekSolv, headquartered in Newark, Delaware, is an award-winning provider of professional service solutions for industrial markets, focusing on safety and training services, systems integrations and oilfield automation services, engineering consulting, environmental and occupational health services and safety apparel. TekSolv recently earned a position on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the third consecutive year. To learn more about TekSolv visit www.teksolv.com.

About Oil & Gas Awards:
The Oil & Gas Awards are a platform within the oil and gas industry to recognize exceptional achievements made throughout the midstream and upstream sectors. Their awards distinguish and celebrate companies who have shown outstanding advancements within the key areas of health and safety, environmental stewardship, and corporate social responsibility. To learn more about the Oil & Gas Awards visit www.oilandgasawards.com.

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Contact:
Andrea DeMaio
TekSolv, Inc.
130 Executive Drive Suite 5
Newark, DE 19702
Office: 302-738-1050
ademaio@teksolv.com