This month, the Notes from the President portion of the newsletter is being written by a guest writer. Please be assured that the Notes from the President will continue next month with the words of Red Wing Software President, Ken Hilton.
By Stephanie Elsen, Red Wing Software Marketing Manager
I still remember when my dad brought home a Commodore VIC-20 computer. He set it up in the basement and told us to figure out how to use it. I was around 11 years old, and I thought we were certainly a high-tech family! I followed the instructions and created a little game. It was crazy how you could just push those little buttons and create your very own game.
I also remember the Macintosh computers in the school library where we played the Oregon Trail. There again, just push a few buttons, and take a (fairly slow and choppy) journey across the United States as the pioneers did. Technology grew, and soon I was in college where they expected me to use a computer, along with a Norton Textra Writer program, to write and print up my papers. WHAT? Isn’t writing the paper hard enough? I really struggled with that back then! But before long, it became much easier than using a typewriter, or writing it by hand.
I am sure you can remember as I can all the new technology that came along over those years. I don’t know about you, but I found each and every one a little scary and intimidating at first, but after learning to use it, I wondered how I ever got along without it! Thankfully, now that I’m older and technology moves faster, I am used to learning new things. Windows® 10, the newest iPhone® update, Facebook’s™ new interface…all new technology I’ve gotten used to fairly recently.
I love working for Red Wing Software - a company that is constantly striving to provide new technology for our customers. It is great to hear from customers who can now complete processes faster, access information more easily, and become more efficient because of using our products. We now have CenterPoint available in a cloud (hosted) environment, which can help so many of our customers. Sometimes we have to sunset our older products in order to make way for the newer technology. If you are still using a legacy product, I strongly urge you to have a look at CenterPoint, whether it’s the installed or cloud version. It is an amazing product, and we hear from customers often that they wish they had made the switch sooner.
The only race I have ever done was a 5K three years ago in Rapid City, SD, and even that was a challenge for me. I had laughed at Stephanie when she first asked “Would you be interested in running a 10 mile race?” After thinking about it, I thought why not, I’ll give it a shot! I’ve been practicing running ever since then and have really surprised myself. It’s good to have goals (even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone) and keep pushing yourself for a better you. My main goal is to finish the race, without ending up in an ambulance. I am doing this race for my daughter, who is almost four, to show her that you can accomplish difficult goals if you put your mind to it! She has been my little coach. Thanks Coach Kyla!
I ran a half marathon last October and quit running after that. The TC 10 Mile has gotten me back into running. I enjoy lifting weights and going to classes at the Y but it feels great to get back to running. I will be doing a Ragnar Trail run in September and also completed the Spartan and 1/2 Tough Mudder this summer.
Running is one of my favorite things to do for exercise! I love the friendships that I have formed through running groups! I've done a few other 10 mile races along with many 5ks. When this race came up it was another chance to run with a wonderful group of people and it's going to help this mama get back into shape after welcoming our beautiful daughter in July!
I have run two marathons in the past, and am excited to run this 10 mile race because I want to get back into running. The only running I’ve done for the past few years is to the fridge while watching Netflix. It feels good to be getting back to it – when I started training for this race I could barely run a block without stopping, and I just ran six miles this past weekend. It’s a little bit harder now that I am 47, but I am loving it anyway!
I'm excited to be running the TC 10 Mile with the Red Wing Software team this year! I consider myself a reluctant runner... I do not love it, but it's the most efficient workout I've found. I go in spurts and have run Grandma's half marathon twice, and the TC 10 Mile two years ago. I haven't run much in the past year, so this has been a good motivator to get started again. Hopefully, I make it to the finish line on October 9th!
I ran consistently in college and within the past two years have started running again. I usually do not participate in organized events as I run not only for exercise but also as a form of relieving stress. I have never run farther than eight miles at a time so I figured this would be a great challenge and motivator to get out of my normal routine. I plan on running the Ragnar Trail Run next year with the company I am employed with.
Sunnyside Farms, featured in Hoard’s Dairyman.
Neil Rejman of Sunnyside Farms, a Red Wing Software customer, was featured in the September 10th, 2016 issue, of Hoard’s Dairyman. The story, entitled Rejman named Progressive Commercial Dairy Manager, gives details about Rejman recently being awarded the 2016 Progressive Commercial Dairy Farm Manager Grant Award. Rejman received a $2,000 travel grant, and plans on visiting several other progressive dairies around the country.
Lamont Fruit Farm/Fish Creek Orchards, featured in Fruit Grower News.
Lamont Fruit Farm/Fish Creek Orchards, a Red Wing Software customer, was featured in the September 2016 issue of Fruit Growers News in the story New York state growers adapt to changing markets. Lamont Fruit Farm owner, Rod Farrow describes methods used to increase efficiency within their operation.
Spiech Farms, featured in Fruit Grower News.
Red Wing Software customer Spiech Farms LLC was also included in the September 2016 issue of Fruit Grower News, in the story Spiech Farms invests more than $1 million in new products. Spiech Farms Chief Operating Officer / Owner, Tim Spiech explains plans for a new product line expansion for frozen produce.
Hillside Farms featured in Progressive Dairyman
Laura Flory of Hillside Farms, a Red Wing Software customer, shares some great advice and experiences about keeping a family farm on track, in the August 7, 2016, issue of Progressive Dairyman. In the story “Becoming the ‘A Team’: How a consultant′s repeated advice got our farm back on track”, Flory explains how a person′s roles, responsibilities, and expectations make such a difference within a farming organization.
- Katrina (Administrative Assistant), husband Josh and daughter Kyla enjoyed a Minnesota Twins Win!! It was Kyla’s first Twins game.
- Chad (Sales), his wife Rachel, and son welcomed the birth of their beautiful daughter Remi on July 21st. Congratulations to all.
- Mike (QA Manager/Project Manager), his wife Kathryn, and daughter Kadence on the shores of Lake Superior with their foreign exchange student from Japan, Hiyori, who was with them for a month.
- Jada (Support Technician) and her family Josh, Ava and Lane went on a road trip this summer that included a visit to the St. Louis Arch and the Hillclimb Nationals in Illinois which Lane participated in. He won two national championships, a second place, and the youth racer of the year award! Funny thing is he’s not afraid to speed up those hills but was too scared go up in the Arch.
- Dan (Design) and his wife Sue became grandparents for the first time to beautiful Lyla! Congratulations to all.
- Julie (Sales Engineer ) and her sons participated in a 70-mile bike ride in Boulder this past weekend. The ride is called the Bstrong ride and benefits the Boulder Community Hospital for Integrative Care which services cancer patients. Proceeds from this weekend ride will fund the center for an entire year. It is also benefits the George Karl Foundation.