There is a lot of good news being brought to our attention from all over the world, as the pandemic continues to challenge medical and political professionals. We read about heroes almost every day. Unfortunately, we also read about people and companies whose behaviors are selfish, inconsiderate, and criminal in nature. That’s how life is – we exist on a spectrum and we must seek out the good people just as members of this blogfest seek out the good news.
Fortunately, I made a decision almost 30 years ago that aligned me with a few of the good guys. In 1991, I met a man named Ed Laprade. He was a technology vendor, but during our first encounter, I realized he wasn’t like most technology vendors – he cared about the people he had as clients. I was a manager with an insignificant client, yet he went to great lengths to help me solve a problem. I never forgot that simple act of kindness. Later that year, he and a couple like-minded technology professionals formed ADNET Technologies, and I accepted a proposal making our company their first client.
I could share stories from that first engagement and from subsequent engagements every year from 1992 until my retirement in 2020 that would highlight the degree to which ADNET takes their employees, their clients, and their role in society seriously. However, a recent move by ADNET’s management explains that better than I can.
One of the things our Congress did to combat the economic hardships caused by the pandemic was to put in place relief packages for individuals and small businesses. As our Congress often does, they didn’t think this through to the point of considering those companies that choose to exhibit the behavior I mentioned at the beginning. Complaints and protests have resulted about companies who don’t need the financial relief taking it, because they can.
ADNET is the kind of company the relief package was meant to help. To ensure that that help is warranted ADNET, once again moved early to do the right thing:
“April 22, 2020: ADNET Technologies, an IT management and security firm, has pledged to support its employees, clients and communities as local economies across the country continue to be battered by the economic storm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was one of the first in the nation to sign the ‘MSP (Managed IT Services Provider) Stimulus Pledge’ – a commitment to protect jobs, contribute to economic stability and build for the future.”
The pledge was started by Greystone Technology, an IT firm based in Colorado, and ADNET signed the pledge before it was publicly launched earlier this week. In making this pledge, ADNET has agreed to use stimulus funds to commit to:
- Avoiding layoffs of staff and pay reductions
- Paying bills on time
- Providing no increase in owner’s compensation
- Working as partners with our vendors without demanding concessions simply because we can use the leverage of economic conditions
- Running our businesses in a manner that creates a strong foundation for our employees and clients into a new future
I need to provide a little transparency: While our daughter was only six years old when I met Co-CEO’s Ed Laprade and Christopher Luise, she now works for ADNET as their Director of Marketing. In the announcement that I linked to above, Chris Luise is quoted:
“During these anxious times, we want our team and their families to be assured that we’ll get through this together. We’ll rely on our culture of shared responsibility and mutual stewardship to guide our company forward.”
I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier knowing that our daughter works for a company like this.
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