Tech Event: Carolina Technology Conference and Expo – October 1, 2015

Carolina Technology Conference & Expo 10/1/15

Carolina Technology Conference & Expo

The Carolina Technology Conference and Expo is coming to Columbia on October 1, 2015. The conference, one of the largest for technology professionals in the Carolinas, will feature more than 600 technology leaders from across the Carolinas. The event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia from 8 am – 5 pm.

This event is an opportunity to interact with vendors and talk with other IT professionals. Speakers will be on hand from companies like Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, EMC, Citrix, and more. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jim Stickley who will address New Fraud Scams – Social Engineering and Cyber Security.

Tickets are $36 through 9/30/15 and include all sessions, Expo Hall, Career Corner, lunch, and prize drawings. Student tickets are $12 (with student ID). Tickets bought the day of the conference are $75.

To register and to find out more about the conference, go to

ICD-10 Focus Corner: Right Sizing IT For ICD-10

The October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date has been revised to October 1, 2015, due to concern that the healthcare community would not have been ready for all aspects of compliance. There has been significant attention given to training, coding, and education; however, these are only part of the ICD-10 complexity. There are a couple of areas that should be given additional attention while there is adequate time available: one is infrastructure, and the other is performance. Basically, these are cornerstones of information technology (IT).

Providers need to focus on infrastructure with attention to storage, data transmissions from outside trading partners, data transmission to outside trading partners, integration points, and batch and real-time HL7 interfaces. Of equal importance is performance. Attention should be focused on system configurations to allow for more codes, impacts to processing speed, and application and system tuning, which may require vendor guidance and involvement along with potential networking administrator involvement.

Anticipate that the increase in the number of diagnosis codes may require an expansion of the billing and medical records tables. This would likely require a software vendor to act. With a dual coding period, the number of transactions will be greater, and as a result, temporary application tables may need to be expanded to allow for the data. Make sure dual coding is tested to ensure that the IT environments are functioning properly.

This article was written for the SCORH Newsletter (South Carolina Office of Rural Health) by Dave McCord, TM Floyd & Company,

TM Floyd & Company Partners with South Carolina Office of Rural Health

TM Floyd & Company (TMF) is working with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) to provide ICD-10 tools, project management, training, and guidance across ten rural hospitals to complete an effective ICD-10 gap analysis, planning, and remediation effort to prepare them for the compliance deadline of October 1, 2014.

TMF’s Executive Healthcare Consultant, Dave McCord, spoke at the 17th Annual Rural Health Conference, held October 14-18.   He discussed the potential financial impacts, anticipated productivity impacts, and insights from both healthcare providers and payers including approaches for testing and opportunities for collaboration.   There were more than 200 professionals who attended the conference from hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout South Carolina.

Dave will be speaking at the WEDI Fall Conference on November 19, 2013 to discuss the ICD-10 Street View – Lessons from Payer and Provider Efforts.

TM Floyd & Company is an information technology consulting group dedicated to being its clients’ preferred strategic partner for IT initiatives. TMF has developed a high level of industry-specific subject matter expertise that it couples with its service offerings to distinguish it from the competition and to deliver exceptional value to clients. With more than 37 years of experience and working relationships with industry leading firms, TMF has the know-how to provide clients with the strong IT foundation needed to drive business success.

College Colors Day 2013

The countdown to College Colors Day 2013 has begun! College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel throughout the day on Friday, August 30. TM Floyd & Company employees at the corporate headquarters participated for the first time in 2012 and will be joining in the fun again this year.

In 2012, we had a tailgate lunch in and everyone sported their favorite college’s colors.  It was a great way to kick off the 2012-2013 football season. Check out our picture in the 2012 College Colors day yearbook at We are picture #5 in the slideshow.

Meet John Starmack – TM Floyd & Company’s Manager of Business Development

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TM Floyd & Company welcomes our new Manager of Business Development, John Starmack, to the sales team. John comes to TM Floyd & Company with more than twenty years of consulting experience serving in roles of project management, business development, account management, and client liaison.  He has worked with more than 150 agencies across the United States to develop statewide strategic plans, implement statewide technology systems with custom software and package solutions, led diverse project teams, developed multiple funding streams for clients, and served as a trusted advisor.

John is a certified PMP who led numerous delivery teams through complete project lifecycles to consistently meet project schedules, budgets, revenue targets, and profitability margins.  He led business development efforts and managed opportunity pipelines to sell more than $100M of services and established new account teams.  His clients and project teams have earned several awards and national recognition.

An Interview with John

What are your main responsibilities as the Manager of Business Development?
My main responsibilities are to enhance the awareness of TM Floyd & Company in the minds of prospective clients and grow our portfolio of business within our focus markets of healthcare, insurance, and government.

Tell us a little bit about your background.
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
What is your alma mater? Where have you worked previously? 

I was born and raised in the City of Champions, Pittsburgh, PA, during the glory years and earned my BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Go BLUE! I also earned my MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas.  Hook ‘em Horns! My professional background includes work with Deloitte Consulting, Bearingpoint (KPMG Consulting), Nichols Research, and Unisys.

What made you decide to come and work for TM Floyd & Company?
TM Floyd & Company is an established, reputable company, located in Columbia, SC. It is an opportunity to work with very good people to make a difference in everyone’s everyday life by helping to provide consulting services to enhance and improve healthcare, insurance, and government.

How would you describe your sales strategy?
My sales strategy is a combination of strategic and conceptual selling. My goal is to help clients proactively address their challenges with consulting services.

Now, for a little fun.

What’s your Columbia restaurant?
My family’s favorites for dinner right now are Sumo Japanese Steakhouse and Travinias. When I am downtown for lunch, my favorites are No Name Deli, Miyo’s, DiPrato’s, and Thirsty Fellow.

What are some of your hobbies and what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to have fun with my family, play golf, cheer for the Pittsburgh Steelers (especially when they win the Super Bowl!), and go to the beach!

iPhone or Android? 

Last, but not least. Do you cheer for South Carolina or Clemson
I cheer for both teams because I like our state to be a winner.  However, when they play each other, I cheer for South Carolina!

How to help the victims of the Moore, OK tornado

American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank. Fundraising efforts were buoyed Tuesday by a $1 million pledge from Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, via his family foundation.

If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year, which uses miles to help get volunteers and staff to key locations during disasters. (Note: The donation is not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift.) For Delta, email: with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate, and specify the Red Cross as the charity. You can donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund
The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, on Tuesday established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help “with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee.”

Donations can be made online at

Phone: 1-405-236-8441.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, working with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is seeking monetary donations. To donate, visit the regional food bank’s website, or give $10 by texting the word FOOD to 32333.

Phone: 1-405-972-1111

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.”

It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief’s website.

You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City.

In Little Axe, Okla., the organization said, the army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command Disaster Service Unit was busy feeding breakfast, lunch and dinner to people, “even as one of our Salvation Army family member’s home was destroyed.”

Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.

If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.

Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Feed the Children
Feed the Children has set up five locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations to help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks. The organization is also supporting mobile canteens in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

You can donate online, or make a $10 donation by texting the word DISASTER to 80888.

Phone:  1-800-627-4556

United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.

“Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at

United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open.  Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.

Feeding America
Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also “set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed.” You can donate onlinehere.

Phone: 1-800-910-5524.

Operation USA 
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is “readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies” to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover.

You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: 1-800-678-7255.

Convoy of Hope
The Missouri-based nonprofit organization has done work in other disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, with a mission of getting food and water to those after disaster strikes. Now it’s doing the same for Moore, Okla. You can donate online here. Convoy of Hope is also going the crowd-sourced route, using HopeMob, a site similar to Kickstarter but for raising money to help disaster victims and others in need, which charges no fees to the organizations that use it. Convoy of Hope’s goal on the site is to raise $15,000 in seven days to help Moore.

“Why 7 days? In these first 7 days the town of Moore, OK will be consumed with clearing out destruction and accessing their needs,” HopeMob says on its site. “Once those needs are known we want to be able to give them the funds to help them rebuild in the long term.”

Phone: 1-800-988-0664

Direct Relief 
The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based, non-profit organization provides medical assistance and personal hygiene items to those hurt in disasters, as well as in other circumstances.

“So far we have heard from health center partners responding in Oklahoma and are preparing an emergency shipment to help support the efforts there.  Direct Relief has been receiving requests for emergency supplies, personal care and protection items — including hygiene supplies, infection control products, gloves, soap, shampoo, deodorant, sanitary napkins, diapers, wipes and formula,” said Kerri Murray, Direct Relief vice president, in an email.

To donate, visit

Phone: 1-800-676-1638

The Emergency Response team for AmeriCares is in Oklahoma, “coordinating deliveries of emergency aid and assessing the needs of survivors and health care organizations in the disaster area.”

Since 1982, the Connecticut-based nonprofit has delivered medicine, medical supplies and aid to those in need around the world and across the United States.

You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word LIVE to 25383. Checks or money orders can be mailed to: AmeriCares, 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

Phone:  1-800-486-HELP (1-800-486-4357)

Operation Blessing International
Humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International, which last week coordinated more than 500 volunteers in Granbury, Texas, after that area was hit by a tornado, is working with The Home Depot and dispatching a construction unit, mobile command center, trucks with tools and supplies and a team of construction foremen to Moore.

Late Monday, Operation Blessing International also “loaded and deployed two tractor-trailer truckloads of food and emergency relief supplies from its warehouse in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with the humanitarian organization, Mercury One,” said a Operation Blessing spokeswoman.

The Virginia Beach-based group’s online link for donations is here.

Phone:  1-800-730-2537

Samaritan’s Purse
The international Christian relief organization focuses on cleaning and repairing damaged homes and sent two disaster relief units from North Wilkesboro, N.C. to Oklahoma Tuesday. “The tractor-trailers are stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment. The units also will serve as command centers for the response,” Samaritan’s Purse says on its website.

You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word SP to 80888.

Phone:  1-800-528-1980

United Methodist Committee on Relief
The committee works with local United Methodist churches and trained disaster response workers to help with cleanup and rebuilding, pastoral counseling and support for children and youth who have been through trauma.

You can donated online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word RESPONSE to 80888.

Phone: 1-800-554-8583
Life, which describes itself as “Oklahoma’s largest evangelical church,” says its Oklahoma City metro locations will accept donations of items over the next week, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and distribute them to tornado victims. Among the items needed: Toiletries, diapers, wipes, formula, baby bottles, new clothing, new shoes, and bags, backpacks or plastic tubs for carrying items.

You can also donate money online by visiting, or by texting the word RELIEF to 86613, and selecting an amount you would like to donate.

Phone:  1-405-216-7054

Jewish Federations of North America
The Jewish Federations of North America is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma, which is coordinating efforts with a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross. The Jewish Federations of North America has established an Oklahoma City Tornado Relief fund. Donors can contribute online here.

Checks can also be sent to the JFNA national mailbox at: The Jewish Federations of North America, Wall Street Station, P.O. Box 148, New York, NY, 10268. Please indicate “JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund” on all checks or in the designation box online.

Oklahoma Tornado Relief 2013
The Oklahoma Tornado Relief 2013 fundraising effort is being done through a crowd-sourced effort using Fundly, a website for fundraising, akin to HopeMob, mentioned above. On the site, you’ll find various fundraising causes to help tornado victims, and can choose which you’d like to support. is creating a special online fund to collect donations for the teachers and schools of Moore, Okla., to help respond and rebuild. Donors Choose will work with the teachers of Moore to assess what they need for their classrooms and allow them to identify the real-time solutions and supplies their community and their students need: everything from clothing for their students to first-aid kits.

To donate, visit

ConvergeSE, April 25-27

Check out this great workshop, ConvergeSE, that takes place in beautiful springtime in Columbia, South Carolina! TM Floyd & Company is proud to be the Day 1 lunch sponsor for this exciting event.

Over the course of three days you can dive into intense half and full day sessions, hop from venue to venue downtown taking in sessions on topics from design and development to business and marketing, and finally experience a full day of inspirational talks from an impressive array of speakers. In between all of that, we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and party with the speakers and other attendees.

Check out the full schedule especially Thursday’s awesome full day workshops.

This year we’re focusing on five areas. This captures the essence of Converge in that we want you to experience all of these, regardless of what you may do from day to day.


Learn what it means to be a designer facing today’s challenges. Explore the responsive design landscape, sharpen your prototyping design skills and explore web typography.

Sponsored by

Front-end Development

Dive into CSS with animations and some other killer techniques. Then get some in-depth experience exploring the responsive landscape as it relates to JavaScript and other performance issues.

Sponsored by


Learn how to create Node.js backend systems and how to utilize CoffeeScript in your next project. Take a look at best practices for Integrating Identity Into Your App(s) and discover the advantages of a single programming language for web development.

Sponsored by


Explore RubyMotion and learn how to built apps with this revolutionary toolchain for iOS. Also uncover how to create an immersive mobile experience with your app.

Sponsored by
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Business & Marketing

Take a look at branding yourself and learning to balance clients and products in your business. Learn to break the rules you’ve setup for yourself and close more sales as well as ways to uncover new projects. Also, learn to look forward to Monday!


Our employees are running!

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the Olympia community will host it’s annual Olympia Fest. TM Floyd & Company is proud to be a sponsor of this great community event and encourages you to attend. We are also very excited to announce that many of our corporate staff will be running in the Quarry Crusher Run as part of a commitment to a healthier 2013. Good luck to all of the runners.

Olumpia Fest contains fun and entertainment for children, food, a rock quary run, and even fireworks! To learn more about this event, please visit

History of Olympia Fest:

To borrow a cliché, the Olympia Community Festival had a humble beginning.Olympialogo jpg small

In 2006, ministers and church members from four of the major churches in and around the Olympia community decided to put in to action an idea to rekindle interest in what once was a thriving and close-knit mill village. Their idea was to invite back to the community its beloved “alumni” for a day-long festival featuring music, food, vendors and tours of the historic village. Planners believed the festival also would show that the Olympia neighborhood, today a diverse and distinctive community, still has passion and energy.

Initially, a handful of dedicated organizers begin to pull together a plan for the festival. As word spread of the festival birth, other Olympia residents, formerresidents and friends of the historic community volunteered their time. Organizers picked an April weekend in 2007 for the debut and chose the common area in front of the beautiful Olympia Mill building for the festival site. There, the iconic World War I Doughboy – the bronze statue at Olympia Avenue and Whaley Street which was erected to honor Olympia’s military heroes from that war – would watch over the activities.

A unique and major event of the first festival was to be a 30-minute bus tour of the almost mile-deep Olympia rock quarry. Vulcan Stone, quarry owners and a generous sponsor to the festival from the beginning, made the tour a reality and it has become a popular attraction for festival attendees each year.

From the humbled beginnings in 2007, the festival has grown each year in attendance and scope, featuring some of the best local bands and artists. And while the festival will always welcome home those who grew up in the area and love the Olympia community, the organizers want the festival to claim its spot as one of Columbia’s most popular spring-time events.

POSSCON 2013, March 27-28

posscon-2013-logo-headerTM Floyd & Company is excited to be a platinum sponsor the 2013 Palmetto Open Source Software Conference (POSSCON) presented by IT-oLogy. This exciting event for the southeastern open source community will be held March 27-28, 2013 at IT-0Logy.

Since the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference started in 2008, we’ve brought you many of the biggest names in open source from the world’s top companies. In 2012 Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Larry Augustin, angel investor and CEO of SugarCRM, led the morning keynotes. This year’s lineup is no different with keynotes from Harper Reed from Obama for America 2012,  Christian Heilmann from Mozilla, Phil Robb from HP, and Ted T’so from Google. Our 2013 speakers come from AustraliaBelgiumItalyJapan, theUnited Kingdom, and across the United States.

TMF partnered with the University of South Carolina to organize the first POSSCON in 2008. The event has grown from a little over 100 registered attendees to more than 500. For more information on POSSCON, visit