2010 marks the 10th year of business for Garner based IT firm, WingSwept, which experienced approximately 20% revenue growth. The past year has proven to be an exciting and successful one for the four divisions that make up the organization. The Vertical Markets division launched a new website brand for the HVAC industry and surpassed 1,800 customers, while the other divisions also grew considerably, which helped make 2010 an overall prosperous year. WingSwept has accepted numerous awards and recognitions throughout the year and implemented community and employee programs that improve the company and its people.
After ten years in business, WingSwept truly values the loyalty and commitment of staff members that have grown with the company for a number of years. Eleven staff members joined the team this year and have added a positive dimension to the office environment while also driving organizational success. The Marketing Department had four student interns, which gave students the ability to meet class requirements and develop useful business skills. As always, WingSwept fosters employee empowerment and in 2010 they implemented a Pay-for-Performance plan that does just that. The program encourages employee involvement in lowering the bottom line of the company by awarding staff for their achievements. WingSwept also presented programs this year such as Financial Peace University, a lecture series by financial management expert Dave Ramsey, where employees learned valuable ways of tackling the economy, lowering debt, and saving for the future. Thanks to innovative programs like these, WingSwept is growing at a steady speed and expresses enthusiasm about their plan to bring more staff members on board at the beginning of 2011.
WingSwept’s Technology Spring Clean (TSC) gave employees another way of giving back to the community and environment by providing a way for participants to dispose of technological waste properly. This year the number of participants grew 272.73% from 2009 and WingSwept welcomed 9 local businesses as supporting sponsors for the event, helping spread the word about TSC and making it an even larger group effort. The 2010 Technology Spring Clean saw a 445.24% increase in equipment collected for a grand total of 22,458 pounds. In October, WingSwept was presented with the “Green Action Program” from the Triangle Business Journal for the outstanding achievements of TSC and the greater reach within the community it accomplished this year. WingSwept is excited for 2011’s event, which they anticipate will have even better results.
Throughout the year, WingSwept was recognized with a number of honors, including:
- Cover Story of ChannelPro Magazine (June Issue)
- Citizen Choice for Business Award (Garner Citizen)
- Triangle Top Entrepreneur Award (Business Leader Media)
- Excellence in Partnering Award (Heartland Technology Groups)
- Top NC Small Business Award (Business Leader Media)
- Award of Excellence (NC Public Relations Society of America)
- Internet Marketing and Design List (Triangle Business Journal)
- Jones Insurance Agency Steady Growth and Achievement Award (Garner Chamber of Commerce)
- Green Action Program of the Year (Triangle Business Journal)
Jay Strickland, WingSwept’s founder and CEO, represents WingSwept as the Chairman of Garner Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a role that he will continue to hold in 2011. He also held the roles of Present of the Garner Rotary Club and a board member on local boards such as the YMCA. The WingSwept staff prides itself in its active participation in various community organizations. This year, they found themselves sponsoring and participating in a number of community events and charitable activities as a team. A Thanksgiving food drive and a Christmas benefit for families of the Community of Hope Ministries are just two recent examples of WingSwept’s charitable work.
To learn more about WingSwept’s success or how a partnership with them could benefit your company, visit www.wingswept.com or call (919) 779-0954.