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Tony Romo Demonstrates Leadership – The Essence of Meritocracy

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

With all that has been happening over the past month relative to politics I thought would share something that struck me this week as a proper approach to dealing with a difficult situation. Hard to believe I’m talking about Tony Romo – For those of you that do not follow football – he is or was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the past decade. He took the helm from Drew Bledsoe (if you remember from our last write up he was the QB displaced by Tom Brady in New England). Tony Romo is a guy who has been plagued with injuriesromo2 over his career and seemed to be the leader of a team that always fell short of their expectations. Well, earlier this year, Tony Romo was injured again and they had to turn to rookie QB Dak Prescott who was unproven. Fast forward to today and Dak has led the team to 9 wins & 1 loss while Tony Romo has been healing. He has brought leadership and hope to this organization. For the past 6 weeks the media has been trying to drive a wedge into the Cowboys organization by questioning who would be the QB when Tony Romo came back.

Tony Romo addressed it in a 6 minute press conference this week – It’s worth the WATCH

I’ve never been a fan but I have a new found respect for Tony Romo who demonstrated true leadership, what it means to be humble, and sharing with people what I believe is a true failure in our society today. He shared that professional football is a meritocracy. What is meritocracy – According to Wikipedia: “it is a political philosophy holding that power should be vested in individuals almost exclusively based on ability and talent.romo3 Advancement in such a system is based on performance measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented.” He goes on to say that you have to earn it each and every week in the NFL.

My question is, “What if we all took that approach and attitude in life?”

Yes we should be recognized for what we did yesterday but we should never expect to be given something for nothing. We have to come out each day and bring the best attitude & effort we can and EARN what we want. Instead, over the last decade our society seems to be moving steadily toward one where people expect something for nothing. In a sense, welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are people that need to be helped and we are called to help them but we need to not only give to them but to walk with them and help them get on their own feet. There will always be people that will need assistance (some short-term & some long-term) and it is our responsibility to care for them. The people I’m talking about are the ones that think the world/their family/society/the government/their employer owes them something. You are not owed anything except the wonderful opportunity to get out of bed each day and make a choice on what you will do with your day.

So I end this month’s write-up with a tip of the hat to Mr. Romo. romo4Thank you for taking time to share this with everyone.

This is just one man’s opinion and I’d appreciate your thoughts.

PS – it’s great time of year to stop, reflect and remember to be thankful. While things may seem insurmountable at times, be thankful for the small things. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @timsaumierTI.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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What is your Why?

When you wake up each day, “Why” do you do what you do?  Perhaps you are retired, in the middle of your career, or a student.  No matter where you are in your life, we all have to accomplish things throughout our day.  So ask yourself:

“Why” do you do what you do?

The answer to this question is vital, as it is the “key” to your motivation to make those things around you better for everyone.  Yes, even getting your best grade on a term paper is making the world a better place and preparing you to do your part to make that happen.  Each year, TYGES International gives back to those around us in our community and world.  Sure, finding solution’s for our clients is what we do well; however, helping organizations like 3e Resoration is one of our “whys” that fuels our passions to do what we do everyday.

3e-4The 3e Restoration Process© is an inclusive, highly relational and holistic approach guided by a flexible and replicable framework that utilizes an adaptable written curriculum to encourage, equip and empower “Friends/Families in Need” toward systemic change to break the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness through healthy relational community and God’s sufficiency. Gracious hospitality, relentless hope, compassion, listening, justice, love and friendship are the seven core values that shape all we do and guide us as we address the Five Fold Reality of Poverty and Brokenness™.  WATCH to learn more about 3e Restoration.

Organizations like 3e Restoration cannot exist without volunteers, people just like you.  Tammy Hardin, one such volunteer for 3e, was featured in a compelling news article.  CLICK HERE to Read her story.  Like, Tammy, we all have passions.  Hopefully you have discovered and embraced yours.  When your passions are embraced, your daily activities (no matter what they are) will be energized not by what you do; yet, “Why” you do what you do.

At TYGES, we help our clients every day by finding key performers to achieve their objectives within the world of Industrial Manufacturing, AeroSpace, Defense, and Health Care. That’s what we do.  Every time we have a successful placement with one of our clients, we donate $100 to 3e Restoration.  That’s “Why” we do what we do.

You can learn more about TYGES on our website and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.




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The Maze

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

Recently my oldest son brought home one of his writing projects from middle school called “The Maze.”  It is a fictional story that he wrote about a family that was going on a dream vacation.  Along the way, a choice had to be made…a critical choice.  More than a creative story, the “choice” made towards the end of the journey is simply incredible.  I hope you see the value/consequence of the choices we all make through the eyes of this young man.  Enjoy…



by: Shelton Ware (unedited)

Once there was a family taking a trip to the country for what they thought would be their dream vacation. They were driving down the old dilapidated country road and noticed they were low on fuel. They found an old gas station and walked in to pay for the gas.Gas station3  There was no one in the store, just a sign that said, “I’ll be back in an hour”.  So the family looked around on the maps for another gas station, but the nearest one was more than an hour away and would not be able to make it.  So they would have to wait.

Another eerie sign all around the store said “beware of blur”.

They thought it was just something fake and put it out of their minds.
Maze2Across the street there was a corn maze it looked very odd but the family did not think much of it. The family thought it would be something fun to do while they wait.  The instant the family entered the corn maze chills ran down their backs.

They dismissed it as wind and continued on through the maze.  Then they heard footsteps in the corn and they knew it was not them walking because they were frozen in fear. All the sudden a black thing as it was indescribably fast it was like a blur. No one could see for a couple of seconds. Then when their vision was returned the mother was gone, nowhere to be seen. Then the Dad and the boy heard a scream in the distance. Then the family realized this was far worse than the dream vacation they all thought they were going on. The boy and the father immediately started sprinting for their lives. For hours on hours they were searching desperately for the entrance but it was nowhere to be found. At last they found the entrance out of the maze. Once they got to the exit the dad made it out but at the last second the corn shot across like a curtain making a wall trapping the boy inside. The boy had no idea what to do he tried shouting for help but there was no answer to be heard. The boy had no choice to wander the maze looking for another way out.

The sun was starting to set and the evening chills were wandering through the air. maze4The maze almost seemed endless to the boy. It was like it was evolving and moving as time passed. After hours of searching for a way out the boy was tired. He had to rest somewhere.  He decided to lay down in a corner where the boy thought nothing could find him.

He woke up the sun is eyes but he felt something creep across his arm he looked at it and saw corn husks slowly wrapping around his arm and other parts of his limbs. He tried to free himself but he was to weak.  He could not move at all. The corn then started to pull him into the dark rich soil.  Everything was dark nothing to be heard or seen. He awoke in a small dark room with one old dim light hanging from the center. The boy was thinking trying to remember anything he could to figure out what was going on.

Then he remembered that on the signs stating “beware of blur” there was always black smudges.  They were on the maze sign, on the corn that trapped him in, and on the corn that pulled him to this room. He realized this is the blur, the blur was what took his mom, trapped him, and what brought him here. This is the blur’s maze and it has been manipulating it and everything that ever dared to enter.

The boy got out of the chair he was in and inspected the roomaze5m. He noticed there was a small door in front of him that he didn’t seem to notice before. He cautiously opened the door to find an open field with his mom and dad standing in the middle.  He walked toward them and progressed to a sprint.  When he reached them he was shocked to find that they were gone.  Then another humanoid figure was standing almost hovering in front of him.  He reached out and felt it. He heard a faint voice say,

“Here you are, you have passed all my tests now…here before you stands the final

The blur vanished. He looked up and saw his parents again standing apart from another. Choices2.jpg They had ropes around them.  He heard the voice again say “choose”.  The boy realized he had to choose one of his parents.  He thought he could never choose one parent over another.  He would have to live with the grief that he killed one of his parents forever. Thoughts started racing through his head about his parents and what they have done for him. He couldn’t pick he just couldn’t.

The thought of grief kept cycling through his head.  Then he realized something he could pick his own life instead of theirs.  He thought he had to do this, he could not pick between his parents.  He yelled out,

“I will pick myself!”

The blur replied “if you wish” instantly everything was black, it was the same feeling as when he was put into the room.  He heard another voice say “congratulations you have passed.”  The boy was stunned. He remembered every thing was a test and maybe this was the right choice. The voice again said “by choosing yourself to save two was very honorable, every other person I have tested did not choose themselves and then I banished them to the Maze forever.  You have passed so you and your family are free I will return you home”.  Again everything was black the same feeling as before.  He awoke in front of the maze with his family.  There was their car, the worker was back at the gas station.  They filled up and continued on their dream vacation. But the thought of the blur lingered in their minds forever…




In business and in our life, sometimes it feels as if we are in a maze.  Perhaps a clear direction isn’t on your current horizon and you must make a choice to go right, left, turn around, or just keep going straight ahead.  Regardless of our current location or your desired destination, we will all have to make choices along the way.  Those choices will of course effect you and in turn they will also effect those around you.  At TYGES ,we understand the value of of making the right decision.  Sometimes that choice is not the easiest thing to do; yet, it is simply the right thing to do.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Steph Curry – The Ripple Effect

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

steff currySteph Curry at the age of 28 has electrified crowds on and off the courts with his excellence and positive leadership. What can his actions teach us about business and our life? As a two time NBA MVP he has achieved milestones untouched by any other player.

Here are three examples:


  1. He was the first player in the history of the NBA to ever receive a unanimous vote for MVP.
  2. Offensively: He made a record 402 3-point-ers after no player had previously hit 300 in a season.
  3. Defensively: He led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game.

Curry’s Head Coach Steve Kerr stated, “this is incredibly improbable. But there’s a reason this is happening.”

What’s the reason?

When I was a kid, we used to play a game called “Rock the Pool.” diving boardPerhaps you played it as well. Basically my friends and I would line up to take our turns jumping off the diving board to make the biggest splash we could…can-openers, cannon-balls, gainers, preacher-seats, etc. Not only did this action of jumping in the pool cause a splash; eventually the entire pool (big or small) began to rock and the waves created would quite literally begin to splash over the edges of the entire pool (ripple effect). Our actions caused an effect.

Good? or Bad? In this case, I guess it would depend on rather you were the kid jumping off the board or the others who were there for the peace and tranquility a pool can offer.

No matter what we do (good or bad)…our actions will have an effect on others.        – The Ripple Effect

So, let’s look at Steph Curry’s actions and leadership. Does he have a ripple effect? There is no doubt…Here are just two examples:

First, Andre Iguodala a NBA All-Star in 2012 and listed two-times on the NBA’s All-Defensive Team revealed his admiration for Curry: “I want to be just like Steph (Curry) when I grow up — just a God-fearing man.”

Second, as a middle school head basketball coach, I utilized several of Steph Curry’s videos that captured his actions and leadership to help motivate and focus our team…here is one of their favorites WATCH. WCA - Yearbook5This team of young men had previously won 2 games their prior season and they transformed themselves into the team who won the Metro Conference Championship in electric ESPN highlight fashion. More than win on the court, they are continuing to be winners off the court, in the class room, and in the community. Who knows who will be led by their ripple effect?

Clearly, Steph Curry’s example and leadership on and off the court has inspired many. Simply put, his ripple effect.

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character; but, if you must be without one, be without strategy. – General Norman Schwartzkop

I realize that this quote comes from a leader that has done, ordered, and witness things we will never see and his decisions were waited with the potential consequence of the ultimate sacrifice. However, his perspective in a world where “strategy” is vital, gives tremendous perspective into the value and weight of our character.

Earlier, I asked the question related to Steph Curry’s example of improbable displays of excellence, “What’s the reason?” To be honest, we all have a reason, a driving force, or a place we find our strength. We all have a source of inspiration, Steph’s is pretty amazing and here it is, Phillipians 4:13. You should look it up, as I know it will help you and your team. All of our actions are displays of our leadership (family, business, sports, community, etc). They have a ripple effect…the only question is:

Is it good or bad?

Steph Curry’s example of excellence has inspired and will continue to inspire many. If we asked him, I am sure that he was touched by someone else’s ripple effect. I hope that your actions inspire those in your circle – Your Ripple Effect.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Scarcity – Steve Ballmer, The LA Clippers and Recruiting

Written by:  Steve Sanders, VPGM Industrial Practice

A while back my boss shared a blog post about scarcity and it really resonated with me. The blog post discussed how Steve Ballmer of Microsoft had purchased the NBA franchise L.A. steve ballmerClippers for a heap of money and how many people think that he overpaid. The author of the blog was making the point that there are only 2 NBA franchises in L.A. and the result is that the commodity is very scarce. Steve Ballmer recognized this and snapped them up because the odds are slim that he will ever get another chance to own one of the NBA franchises in L.A.

I was thinking about how this applies to hiring and recruiting.

In most cases, my clients bring me into the search process after they have exhausted all their own resources via job postings, career board searches and maybe even some networking using a social media platform. By the time I get the call, the client has done their best to fill the role without engaging me. I like this as a recruiter because it meansscarcity2 there is urgency and the client is convinced that the only way to make the hire is to call in an expert search agent. In terms of scarcity, this also means that the person that the client is looking for is scarce in terms of their talent and experience.

I like this as well because it means the client is prepared to follow through with the steps in the process quickly, help me sell the opportunity and make an acceptable offer of compensation. If the client has a sense of urgency and is prepared to follow through and be a partner in the process, then it all boils down to my ability to find and engage the right people. At that point, I control my own destiny as a recruiter.

As a Hiring Manager, you need to ask yourself if you are committed to the hiring process before you call in a search agent. Once you engage someone like me then you are admitting that the person you need is a scarce resource and needs to be treated as such. Much like the L.A. Clippers franchise, you might have to overpay a bit because there are only a few of these people out there and just the fact that they are talking to you means that you need to treat them differently than someone whose resume came to you from a job board.

As a candidate in the job market, you need to think about what it is that you do or have done in the past that makes you a scarce resource. If you can identify what it is that makes you scarce then you can use that as a selling point when you are in job search mode. If you are happy in your job and not in job search mode, you need to at least be thinking about how to gain experience that makes you a scarce resource. If something changes in the future and you become more of an active searcher then this scarcity will determine your success or failure as you search for a new position.

I welcome your feedback, as well as, any questions/concerns that you may have about your career’s trajectory.  I would enjoy helping you as a Career Coach; who knows, perhaps our combined insight will unlock something better for you and your family.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our Mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Are you looking for…

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  • Unlimited Earning Potential
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If you are a driven professional looking for unlimited earning potential, upward mobility, and work-life balance (No Weekends, No Evenings, & No Travel)…then TYGES could be the company for you.

TYGES International is currently accepting applications for our growing team with a potential start date during the month of June 2016.  If you have a driven & professional personality, strong time management skills, computer fluency, a 4 Year Degree, knowledge of Sales, Industrial, Manufacturing, and/or the Healthcare Industries, a strong desire to learn, and an undeniable passion to help others…then we look forward to hearing from you.

Click Here to get started.

You can learn more about TYGES on their website and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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#GivingBack – Beyond Boobs

Thank you all for playing and/or sponsoring at the 9th Annual “Breast” Ball Golf Tournament this past Friday presented by Ben Smykowski and York River Electric. Despite the questionable weather conditions, we were spared from the worst of it, and our golfers overwhelmingly said they didn’t mind anyway. The day brought out 340+ players, 60+ volunteers, and raised more than $50,000 all in support of a great cause!

We are truly grateful for our dedicated players and sponsors. For some it was your first 20140425_132049time, and for others you have been with us since the beginning.

Please know that each and every one of you holds a special place in our hearts and helps us to further our mission to improve the lives of young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Next year will be a huge milestone, as Beyond Boobs celebrates their 10th annual tournament on April 21, 2017. Click on the Beyond Boobs link if you have any feedback you’d like to share with them or if you need information on being a sponsor or just signing up a team for a day of golfing for an incredible cause.

#GivingBack is important to TYGES International…thanks to Eric, Jonathan, Maria, and Tom for your time in supporting Beyond Boobs and having some fun in the process.  Congrats on placing #2 overall!

You can learn more about TYGES on their website and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

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We’re here to make good things happen to other people.



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Why You Always Want to Know a Good Recruiter Who Works in Your Space

Written by:  Steve Sanders, VPGM Industrial Division

In August 2002, I found myself sitting in the lunch room of the John Deere factory where I worked listening to a corporate HR person explain that they had decided to close the Closedfactory and that I would shortly be out of a job. I had moved to the area and bought a home in 2000 and had planned to work for Deere as long as they would have me. Needless to say, I was a bit dismayed. The events of September 11th were still impacting the economy and the job market was not great. At the time, I did not even have an updated resume. I was caught totally off guard. I did what anyone does in that situation: I panicked. And then I got my resume together and posted on the Internet job boards.

I quickly got calls from all sorts of recruiters with all kinds of questions.

Would I relocate? What compensation was I looking for in my next role? One recruiter was able to get me two interviews and I was fortunate enough to receive offers from both. I selected the one that fit me best (which was actually the lower paying of the two) and worked there for about a year until my current boss recruited me away to be a recruiter.

Looking back on my experience with the recruitment industry, I do not recall being especially impressed. Sure, a recruiter secured two interviews for me and I did get offers Differencefrom both but the counsel and coaching was lacking throughout the process. I also did not get the impression that this recruiter specialized in working with people with my background but rather was a generalist. Now that I am a recruiter with some tenure, I know that specialization is key. I also know that the individuals I work with often need my counsel and coaching in order to be successful in their careers.

There are a lot of parallels between that time period in my life and now in terms of the economic outlook and job prospects. I see reports of big layoffs almost weekly.

In retrospect, I should have been on a first name basis with a good recruiter in my space so that when the inevitable hiccup occurred I could have just picked up the phone that very day and immediately had that expert working on my behalf instead of putting my resume on the Internet and hoping for the best.

I welcome your feedback, as well as, any questions/concerns that you may have; as we continue to make an impact in our local community and throughout the world by keeping on the forefront of our industry’s development and living out our mission.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our Mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Three Cheers!

Written by:  Victoria Terrill, Account Manager Healthcare Practice

The overall goal in sports is to provide athletes with an experience to get out on the field, court, or mat, and have success. This makes me question:

Why are there not more kids on the spectrum involved in sports? And are there opportunities in their local communities for children on the spectrum to participate in sports?

Click here for the top sports for children with Autism, “The Best Sports for Kids with Autism” identifies mostly individual sports such as swimming, horseback riding, track, bowling, martial arts, etc. During the weekends, I travel around the United States working cheerleading competitions. Though cheerleading is neither listed in the article nor an individual sport, it has the reputation to be cutthroat and judgmental, but when it comes to special needs teams, this isn’t the case at all. The entire audience is rooting for the group to hit a perfect routine on the mat.

While watching special needs teams compete, I have witnessed amazing cheerleading performances during competition in front of thousands of spectators.  It’s even more powerful to experience firsthand the positive reactions from the audience.  After seeing these teams succeed, I would encourage any family to get your child with autism involved in cheerleading or another sport.  Three cheers for getting your child on the spectrum involved with cheerleading or another sport.

Based on what I’ve witnessed during cheerleading competitions, sports can be beneficial by involving special needs individuals and teams, increasing awareness, and opening doors for others to be more accepting and understanding.

With a little bit of research, there ARE options for children on the spectrum to be active and learn life skills through sports.

One of my favorite resources for children on the spectrum is the “Sparkle Effect” which promotes cheer and dance teams with a mix of children with and without disabilities.

Working as a recruiter in the ABA Therapy field, I constantly learn from board certified behavior analysts about their success stories which has heightened my awareness about the success of sports participation for children on the spectrum. I welcome your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn and on Twitter. You can learn more about me HERE as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and or on Facebook.

Our mission is simple:

“We’re here to make good things happen to other people.”


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Your Greatest Asset – People?

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO TYGES International

My son Noah turned 6 years old in November and for as long as he could speak he has shared with us that his desire is to become a Lego designer when he grows up. Lego1I thought it would be fun and also educational to put a resume and cover letter together for him to send to the CEO of Lego – Mr. Jørgen Vig Knudstorp – who is based in Denmark.

We wrote it up, took some pictures, and had a little fun with it. We got around to mailing in December. We figured it might be a 50/50 shot that we’d get a response.

Well I got home from work on Friday and there’s a letter from Lego addressed to Noah. Given my occupation, my first thought is that it was going to be the boiler plate rejection letter that so many companies send out, so I kept my eyes on it as Noah opened the letter (just in case I needed to protect his feelings). Fortunately it was not the rejection letter. Lego LetterRather it was a personal letter that was kind, respectful, well thought out, encouraging, and provided him some inspirational motivation to continue to hone his passion & craft for Lego design.

Why do I share this with my network?

I’m an Executive Recruiter and for the most part companies throughout the globe have lost sight of how to treat their associates & potential associates. I see it every day in my role as companies pursue new talent almost from “holier than thou” approach where they perceive themselves to be better than anyone they hire or are recruiting to hire.

  • Whatever happened to humble companies who have a greater mission than only making money?
  • Whatever happened to companies that believed in taking care of their associates and their families versus chasing the quarter?
  • Whatever happened to companies who do the right thing – period?

Companies wonder why associates leave them.  The reality is there’s no loyalty. There’s no common mission with a greater purpose.

If you’re a CEO, it starts with you. You have to pave the path to a greater mission and take care of your people.

I don’t know if Lego is one of the great companies that has a greater mission and knows how to take care of its associates; but what I do know, is they are a company that knows how to treat a prospective associate who is currently 6 years old. While the CEO did not respond directly, he did send it to an assistant located in the US who did a wonderful job penning a very thoughtful letter – thank you Moira for taking time to put a smile on my son’s face.

For those companies who send the boiler plate rejection letters, maybe it is time to take a play from Lego’s playbook and learn that People are your greatest asset.

I welcome your feedback as we continue living out our mission.  You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @timsaumierTI.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.