SmartIT's Year in Review 2016 - Indianapolis, Cincinnati,Columbus

2016 was a wonderful year for SmartIT and we have a lot of memories to share. From in-house hosted events, being honored at two "Best Places to Work" ceremonies, community service days, and everything in-between, 2016 did not disappoint. Here are some of the stories behind SmartIT's company values, employee events, community service opportunities, and community events.

smart values

This year, SmartIT's Founders, Karen Cooper and Paul Rothwell, decided to refine SmartIT's values. Values are a necessary component of this organizational identity recipe. We can’t guide the organization to its future state or live out our purpose if there isn’t a clear set of guidelines for how to act and operate.

Service and community bike build challenge

The community bike build challenge was comprised of 65 employees mixed into 11 teams. Each team was given 90 minutes out of their day to collaborate and to solve puzzles to win tools and parts towards building and completing a bike with their team.

SmartIT partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Zionsville and provided 11 shiny new bikes to area youth. Not only did employees exercise service to very deserving kids in the community, but they learned a lot about providing service to each other.
Together, we have committed to growing, developing, and helping each other be the best people and the best company we can be by applying service as a daily practice which we will all work to improve upon each day - Paul Rothwell, Co-Founder and COO of SmartIT
Mindfulness and a breakout room challenge

Cultivating mindfulness means recognizing patterns that you fall into during each day and working to become less reactive; not recycling past assumptions or experiences. If we all take the time to become more present and start making mindful decisions, we will all see gains individually, collectively, and professionally and this will create opportunities which allow each of us to develop, improve, and grow.

Nine teams attended Breakout Room Challenges in both Cincinnati and Indianapolis to explore mindfulness. Breakout Room is a real-life escape room adventure, where teams work together to solve puzzles, crack codes, and find hidden clues to escape their challenge room in under 60 minutes.
The challenge forced everyone to apply the concept of Mindfulness. It required teams to be acutely aware of surroundings, teammates, and clues at all times to be “in-the-moment” and make the best decisions utilizing full awareness of surroundings.
Appreciation and Cincinnati reds game

Appreciation is a key value to how we will Empower Good People to do Great Things. We’re all in this together, and the more we support, encourage, and recognize each other will directly determine how deeply we each connect to and feel part of a more positive, loyal, and productive workplace.

Employees enjoyed a day at the park for an office outing to a Cincinnati Reds game as appreciation for their hard work at SmartIT!
results and Trivia game day

At SmartIT, we recognize that before you can expect the right results – you need to get the right people, working for the right reasons, with the right tools. We believe in measuring results and holding members at all levels accountable.

Employees participated in office trivia to work as a team to produce results!
Trust and scavenger hunt

Trust is to lead through action with honesty, integrity, hard work, and character. SmartIT values the element of trust within the whole organization.

Employees participated in a team scavenger hunt across the office while having to trust in each one of their team members to do their part. Every member had a restriction and the other team member had to do what they couldn't.


Here is a recap of the employee events that took place in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus throughout 2016!

Smartit summer open house
Food trucks, a live band, tons of games and lots of fun!
Silly Safari, face painting, and the bouncy house kept all the kids busy.
Kings Island for the day!
Lunch with everyone before heading out to try all the rides!

Town Hall

SmartIT's semi-annual town hall meeting was an opportunity for all employees to spend time together, collectively discussing business questions, objectives, and goals for the year. All employees enjoyed lunch, as well as a team building activity to help create cross functional collaboration and increase employee socialization!
SmartIT's 11th birthday celebration!
11 years in business called for a celebration in all three offices!
SmartIT bought a new grill for the Indianapolis office, and hosted a special lunch to break it in. A great time for employees to hang out and socialize!
SmartIT Halloween Costume Contest!
SmartIT employees dressed up for a Halloween costume contest! We had group and individual costumes making it a fun day. Minions and Scarlet Overkill, scarecrow and witch, and Ninja Turtle Andy.
Cat in the Hat, devil, skeleton, and the Joker.
The "Social Butterflies" in the office!
Corporate Challenge
Employees participating in the Indiana Sports Corp's Corporate Challenge! This community event emphasizes healthy lifestyles, friendly competition and company camaraderie.
Sales and marketing team outing - A cut above catering
Sales and Marketing split into two teams for a Final Cut Challenge. Each team prepared an appetizer, main course, and dessert for the judges to taste!

Recruiting Outing - Dave and Busters

From finding out who is the trivia wiz to realizing who likes to kill zombies, the Indianapolis recruiter's outing at Dave & Buster's was a success. Fun games, good food, & a little team bonding!
Solutions Outing - Star Wars midnight premier
SmartIT's solutions team and a group of employees from one of our software providers stayed up late to catch the newest Star Wars movie at midnight! Rogue One did not disappoint.
Christmas Decorating and Exchange
The whole office was decorated for the holidays and the white elephant gift exchange was a great lunch break!
Breakfast with Santa & Cookie decorating
The Indianapolis office hosted breakfast and story time with Santa for the employee's kids, while the Cincinnati office hosted cookie decorating for the employee's kids!
Consultant Holiday Parties
The SmartIT Consultant Holiday Parties are a chance for consultants working for SmartIT to come together for a night of food, drinks, networking, and fun! Each office hosted it's own party, giving everyone working for SmartIT a chance to meet one another

SmartIT was voted a "Best Places to Work' company for the 3rd year in a row in both Cincinnati and Indianapolis!

Indianapolis' "Best Places to work" award ceremony
Employees enjoyed an awards ceremony and the honor of being named a "Best Places to Work" finalist in Indianapolis once again.
Cincinnati's "Best Places to work" awards ceremony
Employees who attended the pep rally event were excited to receive the public recognition along with the other companies we were honored to be listed among.

SmartIT's new internal employee app, The Loop!

Through the new app, employees are able to stay engaged, communicate with one another, reward points to other employees and receive important news and announcements!

Community Service

From company wide community service days to individuals using their day off for service, SmartIT employees were involved in their communities throughout the whole year. Check out some of the organizations we served in 2016!

Gleaners Food Bank - Indianapolis
Indy Do Day spent boxing up food for families in need.
Bethany House Services - Cincinnati
Employees used their day off for service to spend time sorting gifts and clothes for at-risk families during the holiday season.
Ronald McDonald house
Once a month, SmartIT employees cook and prepare homemade dinners for families staying in the hospital through the Ronald McDonald House.

Super Service Challenge - SmartIT & Ronald McDonald House

SmartIT participated in the Super Service Challenge, in hopes of winning money for the Ronald McDonald House!

Community Events

Service is a core value at SmartIT and serving our communities through sponsorship is one of the ways we show our appreciation. Here are some of the events SmartIT employees and clients participated in this year!

Colts Monday Night Madness Event
Anthony Castonzo's Monday Night Madness benefitting Kids' Voice of Indiana. Some of SmartIT's account executives and clients enjoyed a silent auction, dinner and meeting some Colts' players.
Eskenazi Health + Horizon house Event
A few SmartIT employees joined Eskenazi Health and Horizon House for a breakfast to learn more about the state of homelessness in Indianapolis and the work of Horizon House.
American heart association - Eating healthy day
SmartIT employees pledged to drink more water, add colorful fruits and veggies to our diets and stay Heart Healthy for good!
Kids' voice of Indiana golf outing
A few SmartIT employees and clients participated in the Kids' Voice of Indiana's 23rd Annual Golf Outing.
Donte Moncrief's Colts & Cuts
SmartIT employees and clients attended the Donte Moncrief Colts & Cuts cocktail reception and silent auction! They had a great time meeting some players and helping to provide children in need with resources and support so they can change the game.

CIO forums - Hosted by SmartIT

SmartIT CIO quarterly event- A panel of 6 industry experts led a discussion on the Strategies for Maintaining, Attracting and Retaining Talent (SMART) with the Indy CIO Network.

Thank you to all of our employees, clients, consultants, and communities for a wonderful 2016!

We look forward to an even better 2017!

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