Happy holidays and thank you!

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to those who donated to the United Way Campaign and Families Helping Families.  Without our wonderful employees, these community programs would not be possible.

This year, the United Way Campaign raised record numbers
for those in need through your generous donations and auction purchases.  The Families Helping Families campaign made the holidays a little brighter for local midlands families. Once again, thank you for supporting the community outreach efforts of TM Floyd & Company.

We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and hope that you have a wonderful new year full of happiness and excitement.

Sincerely,
TM Floyd & Company

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2012 TM Floyd Consultant of the Year

Congratulations to the 2012 Consultant of the Year, Dave Pyle.

Dave began his career with TM Floyd & Company in 1987. He currently serves as a system consultant at BCBSSC. In addition, Dave serves as a site manager to multiple TM Floyd employees who serve onsite at Blue Cross.

Dave was an integral part of the creation of the site manager program and assisted Terry with its design and initial implementation in the early 90’s.  He is one of TM Floyd & Company’s strongest advocates and has been a model employee throughout his tenure at TM Floyd & Company.

Congratulations, Dave, and thank you for your commitment to TM Floyd & Company.

Families Helping Families 2012, deadline approaching

The deadline to donate to the TM Floyd & Company Families Helping Families drive is Monday, December 3rd.

If you have not already made your donation, please make sure to do so.  Listed below is a description of our senior citizen and our family, along with their info, gift suggestions and what we have received so far.  

If you don’t have time to do the shopping but would like to contribute, we’ll do the shopping for you!  You can give a monetary donation.  Contact Keely Clarkson for details or item pickup at 803-227-1034.

Download the list of gift suggestions for the senior citizen and family we are supporting this year!

Terry M. Floyd receives Palmetto Pillar Award

Terry M. Floyd, managing partner of TM Floyd & Company, received the Palmetto Pillar Award for Leadership in Technology from the Information Technology Council of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

The awards banquet was held on Tuesday, August 21 at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium and was presented by co-sponsors eGroup and IT-oLogy.

The Palmetto Pillar Awards are held annually to honor the best and brightest of the Midlands technology community. The Pillar of Leadership in Technology is given to a chief information officer, chief technology officer, or other technology executive who has demonstrated vision, leadership, and support of technology initiatives.

Terry was chosen for this award based on his 35-year record of accomplishment in the technology industry. He has driven the use of technology and indentified future technology needs in the insurance and healthcare sectors and is committed to the continued growth of the technology community in the Midlands. Under Terry’s leadership, TM Floyd & Company led initiatives that developed into ITS-SC and the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference (POSSCON) and played a major role in locating IT-oLogy at 1301 Gervais in downtown Columbia.

Congratulations from TM Floyd & Company to all of the Palmetto Pillar winners and finalists.

Information Technology Council Announces Palmetto Pillar Awards Finalists

The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Information Technology Council (ITC) has announced the finalists for the 2012 Palmetto Pillar Awards (PPA), which honor the best and brightest of the Midlands Technology Community.

The winners in each of eight categories will be recognized at an awards banquet to be held on August 21 at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. There will be a welcome reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7:30 p.m.

Click here for more information on the ITC and here for more information on the PPA.

Finalists listed below represent technology leaders and IT executives who have shown outstanding leadership, support, innovation and vision over the past year.

2012 PPA Finalists:

Leadership in Technology Award
Terry Floyd, TM Floyd &Company
Terris Riley, NewVenue Technologies
Jeff Salters, Lexington County School District 1

Public Service Through IT Award
Phil Yanov
Richland Country Government
Richland County School District 2

IT Infrastructure Services Award
A3 Communications
AgFirst
Richland County School District 2

Custom Application Development Award
Capital Software
SCANA

Start-Up Venture Award
52Apps
Carolina Technology Conference

One to Watch
Anthony Cooper
NewVenueTechnologies
IT-oLogy

Student Achievement Award
Chris Richardson
Nicholas Stiffler

Cloud Computing
Dovetail
VC3

About the Information Technology Council

The Columbia Information Technology Council is a membership-based advocacy IT organization in the Greater Columbia region. In that capacity, we reach out to, acknowledge and embrace all who are involved in the IT community. Our programs are designed to create awareness, to provide professional development and networking opportunities and to recognize the achievement of those in the IT community. To learn more, visit www.columbiachamber.com/PPA.htm.

TM Floyd & Company consultant graduates from Leadership Columbia

Powers Strickland, a consultant at TM Floyd & Company, currently working as the Communications Manager for IT-oLogy, graduated from the 2012 Leadership Columbia class on June 12.

The Leadership Columbia program, sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, provides leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge and network. This year’s Leadership Columbia class selected the Free Medical Clinic as the community service project with the goal of refurbishing the clinic and collecting needed supplies and funds to help the operation of the center.

Powers works to increase awareness of opportunities in information technology and inform students, parents, partners, and the media about opportunities that IT-oLogy provides to the Midlands. Powers is a member of the Junior League of Columbia and is actively involved in the community. Before joining TM Floyd & Company, she served as the director of development for Sandhills School and the special events coordinator for the SC Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

About TM Floyd & Company
TM Floyd & Company is an information technology consulting group dedicated to providing innovative and cost-effective IT solutions. Its goal is to be the insurance industry’s preferred strategic partner for IT initiatives.

For more than 30 years, TM Floyd & Company has provided information technology and subject matter consulting services to payors and providers in the healthcare industry and carriers and vendors in the property & casualty industry. For more information, please visit www.tmfloyd.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/tm-floyd-&-company

National Walk@Lunch Day® sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of SC

ImageNational Walk@Lunch Day® is designed to complement,not compete with, your busy lifestyle. It was created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for employers and employees, National Walk@Lunch Day is the start of your new daily walking  routine, helping you to improve your health step by step. 

Thank you to all who represented TM Floyd & Company. Check out the full photo gallery on Flickr here!

TM Floyd & Company to sponsor Olympia Fest 2012

Olympia_fest_logoOn Saturday, April 28, 2012 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.

The event contains fun and entertainment for children, food, a rock quary run, and even fireworks! To learn more about this event, please visit www.olympiafest.com.

About the Olympia Festival:

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

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.

USC partners with IT-ology to “Create IT Discovery” for local youth

Aritcle by Ryal Curtis, reposted with permission

2012 Create IT Discovery Day at IT-oLogyMore than 50 local high school and middle school students attended  “Create IT Discovery Day” on March 17 at IT-oLogy located in downtown Columbia, SC. The event was organized by the Integrated Information Technology Program at USC (iIT) in partnership with IT-oLogy and was aimed at helping students explore the different career options available in today’s IT industry. Students participated in several hands-on learning workshops led by students and faculty from USC and also toured the University of South Carolina campus. Door prizes included iPads, iPods and other technology items.

Dr. Gerdes from HRSM's iIT Program runs through a "gumball drum machine" software demonstration with participants at Create IT Discovery Day

Dr. Gerdes from HRSM's iIT Program runs through a "gumball drum machine" software demonstration with participants at Create IT Discovery Day

“We were very pleased with the turnout of students from the Midlands area and beyond,” said USC Integrated Information Technology professor Dr. Robert Brookshire. “We are also very grateful to our corporate sponsors: IT-oLogy, who provided the facilities; TM Floyd & Company, who funded the snacks and t-shirts, and Best Buy, who donated iPads, iPods and flash drives to be used as door prizes.”

“This event is all about giving students the opportunity to get informed, ask questions, and dig into this thing we call information technology,” said Lonnie Emard, executive director at IT-oLogy. “We want these young individuals to understand that IT is changing the world we live in and how we live in it. But more importantly, the role they can have in shaping the future of this exciting industry.”

The IT industry in South Carolina now employs more than 47,300 professionals and Information Technology was recently named by the University of South Carolina as one of its Top 5 Most Popular Majors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in the IT sector will increase by as much as 30% by 2018.

A news clip from Create IT Discovery Day is available online here.  Event photos are available for download at the HRSM Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/UofSCHRSM/photos.

To learn more about the Integrated Information Technology Program at USC, visit www.hrsm.sc.edu/iiT and for information about IT-oLogy, please visit it-ology.org/.