Check out what’s been happening at The Fulcrum Group. Below is a list of our latest past events. Be sure you’re in the loop with what we have upcoming at our upcoming Events page.
Fulcrum Group Microsoft Cloud Security Virtual Lunch & Learn 2020
In case you missed it…
In July, we hosted the Fulcrum Group Microsoft Cloud Security Virtual Lunch & Learn, enjoyed a discussion on cybersecurity for Microsoft 365 via Microsoft Teams and lunched together, virtually, via Doordash!
Congrats to Amy McMinn of Cross Resource Group for winning the $250 Amazon gift card! If you weren’t able to make it, no worries – view the presentation, here. Slides available on our Media Page under Media For Executives, or right here.
The Fulcrum Group Celebrates its 18th Anniversary this month!
We’ve been serving the IT needs of Fort Worth & Dallas area businesses for 18 years now!
President Steve Meek and VP David Johnson pictured here, looking forward to many more years of success.
Microsoft Windows 7 & Windows 8 Server Have Officially Reached End of Support
You’ve heard us frequently talking about end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 2008. The January 14th, 2020 deadline has already passed, and end of support is officially here. We’ve created a detailed blog post to guide you through it. If you have Windows 7 computers and/or Windows 2008 servers, here are the key takeaways:
Windows 7 and Windows 2008 reached end of support on January 14th, 2020.
There is Extended Security Updates available for Windows 7 (The Fulcrum Group can help guide you on this), but NO Extended Security Updates for Windows 2008 (unless you are willing to move your Windows 2008 servers to the Microsoft Azure Cloud).
Cost for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates is $119 total ($69 for ESU license, $50 for deployment/patching setup).
Windows 7 computers and Windows 2008 servers will be considered “out of compliance” and no longer supported under your SPOT Managed IT Services agreement effective January 14th, 2020.
When: Tuesday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Top Golf, Fort Worth
Your organization was just hit with a cyber attack. Now what? In the continuation of our Cybersecurity Lunch & Learn series from 2019, we will cover how to respond and recover from a cyber attack.
Learn how to classify and assign risk to various data types, create an Incident Response Plan, create appropriate backup & disaster recovery plans, and make the right decision on cyber insurance.
Our President and Cybersecurity Expert, Steve Meek, will cover these topics and more. If you’re a business leader, you won’t want to miss this event. Have lunch on us, and stick around to hit some golf balls afterwards (no golf experience needed!).
Register for our event right here:
Fulcrum Group Fall 2019 Lunch & Learns
“Cybersecurity & Risk – Not Just A Board Game”
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and Thursday, September 19th, 2019
We hope you were able to make either of our Fall 2019 Cybersecurity Events in Fort Worth and in Dallas, “Cybersecurity & Risk – Not Just A Board Game.”
We geared these dual sessions specifically for civic leaders, practice managers, owners, CEOs/CFOs, and security/privacy officers, unpacking some of the science of cybersecurity. We hope you were able to takeaway some great tools and tips to implement immediately in your organizations.
As always, we brought some cool prizes – Google Nest Hubs – and awarded them to 2 lucky event attendees and 2 winners of our post-event social media contest (best social media post using our #risknotjustaboardgame special event hashtag). Arctic Wolf also generously contributed 2 $50 Amazon gift cards.
Fort Worth and Dallas event attendees who walked away with a new Google Nest Hub were Amber Bransom with the City of Keene and Richard Fleming of State Tax Group. Bob Hart with the City of Corinth and Kevin Vargason with Intelligent Epitaxy Technology were lucky recipients of $50 Amazon gift cards from Arctic Wolf.
The two best social media posts using our custom event hashtag were contributed by Jeff Perkins with Electro Acoustics and Kevin Vargason with Intelligent Epitaxy Technology. Thanks for the shout-outs, guys – enjoy your new Nests!
Fulcrum Group Fall 2019 Lunch & Learns
“Cybersecurity & Risk – Not Just A Board Game”
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and Thursday, September 19th, 2019
All organizations have risks, and cybersecurity is only one area. Local governments, healthcare Covered Entities and other organizations can get overwhelmed with meeting compliance requirements and not realize there is a difference between being compliant and being secure. We have been lulled by the alphabet soup of HIPAA, HITECH, CJIS, GLBA, FERPA, GDPR, CCPA and other requirements. Organization leaders must be part of the process and should utilize risk management as their driving framework. Some firms are surprised to find they spend more on coffee or building maintenance than protecting their data.
During this session, we will 1) walk through a framework for cybersecurity, 2) explain why adding security protection tools doesn’t work and 3) discuss the best place to start when asking yourself, “is our data secure?” – We will even touch on the psychology of how smart leaders are made to believe they are “fine.”
This session is geared for civic leaders, practice managers, owners, CEOs/CFOs, and security/privacy officers. Together, we’ll dive into the science of cybersecurity.
As always, we want to meet the needs of both our Dallas and Fort Worth clients so we will be hosting dual luncheons at Ruth’s Chris Downtown Fort Worth Location and Ruth’s Chris Dallas (Tollway) location. Come enjoy a great lunch and talk risk with the cybersecurity specialists at The Fulcrum Group!
Grow SuccessfullyTM 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
Embassy Suites and RoughRiders Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Frisco, TX
Education and Entertainment: The DFW area B2B CFO® partners are excited about organizing “Grow SuccessfullyTM2019 ” an educational event for business owners that adds Frisco RoughRiders baseball entertainment afterwards. The event will provide educational advice to business owners with respect to the following three (3) key business objectives:
Accelerating Sales Through Metrics: presented by Dean Ash, 360 Consulting (Sales Xceleration licensee)
TBD: presented by Tina Phillips, Trustpoint Management Group (Sandler Training)
TBD: presented by Shannon Blake, Insperity
Right People Right Seats: presented by Jason Williford, Culture Index
Strategic Financial Management
Business Value Key Drivers – presented by Bob Boulanger and Glen Katlein, B2B CFO®
Embassy Suites Frisco
1:00 – 1:30 Doors open for sponsor setup
1:30 Announced doors open for attendee registration
3:05 – 3:35 Sales Strategy – Dean Ash, 360 Consulting
3:35 – 4:05 Sales Strategy – Tina Phillips, Trustpoint
6:30 – 8:00 Buffet dinner at Dr. Pepper Ballpark Diamond Deck
7:05 First pitch, Frisco RoughRiders
Impact Your Business Fort Worth Chamber Luncheon
Steve Meek, President and CEO of Fulcrum Group, Inc., which was a 2017 Chamber Small Business of the Year honoree, says your company “probably is not safe. Security events are happening to your systems all day, hourly.”
Impact Your Business LuncheonFor Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Members Only
July 9, 2019
Join the Fort Worth Chamber and Steve Meek, President and CEO of Fulcrum Group, Inc. for a presentation on why YOU need to be concerned about cybersecurity.
Come join us at this month’s new location for our Impact Your Business Luncheon!
It will be held at the Meals on Wheels Campus and catered by Reata.
You’ll get the chance to:
Hear some of the metrics and trends related to cybersecurity
Learn top tips for business owners to reduce risks right away
Build an understanding of security stages, and where to focus
And compare yourself to other growing firms with live polls, for real world insight.
If you want to protect your brand and use this knowledge to position yourself as a better partner for your compliance bound clients, this luncheon is for you!
Steve Meek, CISSP is the President and CEO of Fort Worth-based Fulcrum Group, Inc.A 20+ year technology veteran, he has consulted with North Texas clients of all sizes and scales on innovating and securing their organizational networks.
His team won the Fort Worth Chamber’s 2017 Small Business of the Year award, for firms in the 10-50 employee range.
July 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. – Check-in, Networking & Buffet
12:00 Noon – Program
Meals on Wheels Campus
5740 Airport Freeway
Haltom City, TX 76117
Free! Park in their lot around the building. Please enter through the front doors. The conference center is at the front of the building.
This is a member only event. Individual seats – Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email if your registration was successfully completed. If you do not receive a confirmation email within three (3) business days of submitting your payment, please contact Leah Hersey.
Cybersecurity Starts At The Top Lunch & Learns
Executives, please join us for a dual-location luncheon event on February 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris downtown Fort Worth location and on February 28th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris North Dallas Tollway location. Whichever location works best for you – we’ll be sharing the same information.
“Cybersecurity Starts At The Top – A Primer For Executives”
is geared especially for business owners and executives.
We’ll have plenty of experts on hand to discuss compliance, risk management and other cybersecurity essentials for SMBs.
This is a HOT TOPIC and a critical one, as we head into 2019.
Please RSVP using the form, below. You should receive an Outlook appointment within 24 hours.
Links Mentioned During Presentations
NIST Cybersecurity Framework- Strategy and planning for security for organizations
Its a perfect day for the Texas MGMA 2019 Annual Meeting – April 24-26 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. We’re in booth #500 – hope to see some of our healthcare industry clients there.
2019 Accolades & News
Arctic Wolf-Fulcrum Group Partnership
The Fulcrum Group, Inc. Announces Security Operations Center-as-a-service in Partnership with Arctic Wolf. Read our press release here.
Fulcrum Group Named Premier Managed Service Provider on MSP 501 List
The Fulcrum Group Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers for 2019. Find out more here.
Fulcrum Group is recognized as 2019 Digium Pinnacle Partner
For the 7th year, Fulcrum is excited to receive this terrific distinction from Digium as a Pinnacle Partner! Pinnacle Partners are presented annually to Digium’s leading partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium.
These partners consistently put their customers first while successfully growing revenues with the implementation and delivery of Digium’s Switchvox Business Communications Solutions, Switchvox Cloud (hosted services), and Asterisk Custom Communications Solutions. Partners are certified to sell Switchvox Unified Communications (UC) on-premise and cloud services, SIP trunking, IP desktop phones, gateways, and telephony cards.
Grow Successfully 2018
Thursday, August 2, 2018
B2BCFO Executive Group Ballpark Event in Frisco
If you’re looking for strategies to increase your company’s success and want to have fun while doing it, please join us to gain some practical advice at the Embassy Suites Frisco in the afternoon (followed by dinner and a RoughRiders ball game at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark (across the street).
In addition to getting tips from five high-impact speakers and watching the game, you will have the opportunity to network with leading local trusted advisors who are knowledgeable about all aspects of successfully growing your business.
Topic will be Creating A Positive Workplace Culture in Healthcare, featuring Steve Marsh, President, Physician Leadership Division; The Medicus Firm
Steve will review critical concepts to understand when creating or enhancing your workplace culture. In addition, specific applications to assist in implementing your own program will be presented. For more info and to register, go here.
Fulcrum Group 4th Annual Chili Cookoff
Pre-holiday fun in the office this week with Fulcrum Group’s 4th Annual Chili Cookoff! Our winners (in order) were Steve, David & Robert with Jeremy and Matthew.
Job Fairs & Hiring Events
Crockpots of chili, ready to go!
Sampling and discussion
Announcing the winners. David's more discerning hand with the cinnamon this year brings him up to second place...
Great work, guys! Until next year...
The Fulcrum Group has participated in a couple of area hiring events this past month. Most recently, the Texas Workforce Commission’s Hiring Red, White, and You event, which was geared toward military veterans and their spouses, and open to the public. Our own veteran, Robert Curtis, represented The Fulcrum Group yesterday at this major DFW annual event. .
Fulcrum Group/QTS Data Centers – Fort Worth Data Center Tour & Luncheon – October 18th, 2018
Fort Worth Data Center Tour & Luncheon
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 2pm
Location: QTS Fort Worth Data Center, 14100 Park Vista Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76177
Come join us for a tour of the new State of the Art QTS Fort Worth Data Center. This 300,000 sq. ft. facility is 20 miles from Dallas, has multiple power feeds, 2N redundant cooling, and is carrier-neutral.
Here’s some pics from October’s Fulcrum Group QTS Data Center Tour & Luncheon
Congrats to our iPad giveaway winner - Chase with Las Colinas Association
Every attendee has a chance to take home a new iPad for the holidays! Register below.
2018 Accolades & News
CompTIA Trustmark Certified
This month, Fulcrum Group is proud to announce it has retained the CompTIA Managed Services Trustmark™, a respected industry credential that signifies its adherence to best practices for technology service delivery and customer interaction. See our press release for more details on how this affects you!
The Fulcrum Group Awarded 2018 Digium Pinnacle Partner
This means The Fulcrum Group is part of a prestigious group of partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium by consistently putting their customers first, while successfully growing revenues with the implementation and delivery of Digium’s Switchvox Business Communications Solutions, Switchvox Cloud (hosted services), and Asterisk Custom Communications Solutions. This is a special recognition for our team who have worked tirelessly over the last year to provide exceptional ongoing support and service to our customers.
Fulcrum Group “Experiencing Success” Series – Monthly Webinars
Each month The Fulcrum Group provides a great value-add for SMB owners and managers who wish to know more about how to fine-tune their organizations’ technology in the form of a FREE monthly webinar on a wide-range of IT topics. Check out our media page for the full archive of these presentations.
September 13, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Las Colinas Country Club
Topic: You’ve Been Upgraded Speaker: Kevin R. McDaniel CPC, CLP
The premise of this Keynote is very simple. Live life in such a way that others realize (or may eventually be able to acknowledge) their life has been upgraded just by having been in our presence. This is a guide to upgrading our personal life and professional experience and as a result…the lives of those around us. To have this impact we must “go first” and choose to upgrade ourselves. “Going first”, though it sometimes feels counterintuitive, is the selfless act that possesses the ability to inspire and influence others.
The Fulcrum Group
The Fulcrum Group will be participating with B2BCFO again this year at “Grow Successfully,” an educational event at the BallPark in Arlington, geared to business owners. Get some great tips on sales and business strategy, enjoy some networking and the Rangers-Marlins game afterward with us! A flyer with the afternoon’s content, agenda and sponsors may be accessed here or by clicking the logo to the left.
Give us a shout at 817-337-0300 or email us if you’re interested in attending.
InnoTech Dallas, 2017
We were excited to be able to visit with some of our fav clients and new friends, too, at InnoTech Dallas in Las Colinas last month! Here’s a couple of pics of our setup…as you can see our team was set off nicely by our sharp new tradeshow booth from Shabang Exhibits, Inc. Thanks, for your help on that, Rick & Doug!
Also, congrats to Scot Bowman with Freese & Nichols for winning our Jar o’ Cash!
Storage, Servers & Backups: Mavs Suite Night
On February 9th, we hosted some of our larger clients who use virtual storage solutions and high end servers at a special “Server, Storage, & Backups: Mavs Suite Night.” Together with Dell and Storagecraft, we explored the latest solutions in servers, storage and backups and enjoyed some great food & fun while watching the Dallas Mavs take on the Utah Jazz from the comfort of our private suite! Check out our slideshow of the fun, right here.
2017 Accolades & News
The Fulcrum Group Awarded 2017 Fort Worth Chamber Small Business of the Year!
Among a record number of nominations, The Fulcrum Group was selected in the 11-50 Employee category as 2017 Fort Worth Chamber Small Business of the Year! Access our press release here…
Fall, 2016 Lunch & Learns
Click on the pic above to download our printable flyer and share with a colleague.
“TOP TRENDS IN IT FOR SMALL BUSINESS”
Thursday, October 27th from 11:00 a.m. til 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris, North Dallas 17840 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287
Thursday, November 3rd from 11:00 a.m. til 1:30 p.m. at Ruth’s Chris, Downtown Fort Worth
813 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Thanks to all of those who attended our Fall 2016 Lunch & Learn events! Our big winners of each day’s prizes were:
Amazon Echo (Dallas event) – Michael Chapman, with Healthcare Reimbursement Services
Mavs Tickets (Dallas event) – Jonathan Schlessinger, with Connexus
Amazon Echo (Fort Worth event) – Chris Michaels, with Freedom Title
Mavs Tickets (Fort Worth event) – AJ Cruze, with Pine Breeze Technologies
The DFW area B2B CFO® partners are excited about presenting “Grow Successfully and Exit Successfully,” an educational event for business owners that adds Texas Rangers baseball entertainment afterwards.
Geared to Business Owners: Businesses are in a constant state of transition, whether it’s to grow, reduce costs, or position to sell. In fact, a record number of baby boomers that own or control privately-owned small to mid-size companies are especially focused on growing the value of their business because they will be executing ownership transition, including a record number putting their businesses up for sale in the next 5-10 years as they retire. These owners will want to maximize the wealth they’ve built up.
2016 Fulcrum Group Cloud & IT Business Summit
The Fulcrum Group Table
Welcome to our 2016 Cloud & Business IT Summit!
Macaroni & Cheese Bar
The Mac & Cheese Bar, provided by 360 Catering & Events, was the food-hit of the night!
Having a great time!
Attendees & Setup
Come on in and enjoy some food & drinks, chat with vendors, plenty of networking opps...
David, with Steve & Robert, welcoming the crowd
Abundant networking opportunities
Casey Hege chatting with a couple of the guys from the Vistage business group.
Dave Davenport from B2BCFO
Presenting topics from "Finish Big"
Masergy Security Presentation
Troy Wise from Masergy Security discussing Cloud security
Microsoft Cloud Tech
Jason Lambert discussing Microsoft Cloud solutions
David and Tiana giving away one of two Fitbits!
Our first Cloud & Business IT Summit was a success! We were joined by Exemplify and Masergy Security to discuss Cloud Security, Jason Lambert representing Microsoft with some great info on Microsoft Cloud solutions and B2BCFO’s Dave Davenport with advice from Bo Burlingham’s book “Finish Big” and great info for transitioning your business. Other exhibitors who were on-hand to discuss their solutions one-on-one were Digium, Mojo Media Labs, and Vistage.
The impressive macaroni & cheese bar and other delicious food was provided by360 Catering & Events and as always, we’re happy to have brought you valuable info you can use in your business, a fun night and awesome prizes! Pictures from our event captured by our favorite photographer, Rick Dalton.
If you couldn’t make it last week, we sure hope to see you at our next event! Here are our lucky winners of the night, and what they each took home:
Guy Davis w/ United Revenue Corp – Fitbit Charge
Mark Mitford w/ HR Catalyst Consulting – Fitbit Charge
The Fulcrum Group is located in The Sterling Building at Hwy 377 and Kroger Drive in north Fort Worth, Texas.
5751 Kroger Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76244 RSVP using the form below:
The Fulcrum Group Awarded 2016 Digium Pinnacle Partner
The Fulcrum Group is proud to share that we have been recognized again this year as a 2016 Digium Pinnacle Partner!
This prestigious award acknowledges leading partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium while helping drive customer success.
As a 9-year Digium Switchvox partner (and 4th time special award winner), we offer Dallas and Fort Worth small-medium businesses (SMBs) top VoIP expertise, along with an affordable, robust Unified Communications solution. Explore our VoIP solutions at www.fulcrum.pro.
The Fulcrum Group is proud to announce our newly acquired Cisco Select Certification! Thru an auditing process, this program validates our technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner. We’re so happy to be able to pass on that value to our customers!
Many folks at The Fulcrum Group will be drumming up some holiday spirit to help out at the Keller Community Store House’s Christmas House on Friday, December 18th.
This program allows for volunteers to take a pre-registered parent around to “shop” for gifts for their children. The parent will leave with gifts for each child, as well as the fixings for a Christmas meal. Getting out of our chairs and involved in our community is so important to us – perhaps we’ll see some of our local colleagues and clients there!
If you’re a business owner considering an exit strategy over the next 5-10 years, you may be interested in attending the DFW B2B CFO partners special Rangers ballgame event, “Optimizing Business Value Seminar 2015”. We’ll be there as a sponsor – and be sure to come by and say hello!
Digium 2015 Pinnacle Partner Award Presentation
This spring, we were honored to receive Digium’s 2015 Pinnacle Partner Award!
This prestigious award recognizes leading Digium partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium while helping drive customer success.
The Fulcrum Group is an 8 year Digium Switchvox partner (and third time special award winner), offering Dallas and Fort Worth small-medium businesses (SMBs) top VoIP expertise, along with an affordable, robust Unified Communications solution. Read more about it here or explore our VoIP solutions at www.fulcrum.pro.
Our Digium rep was in town recently and stopped in to present us with this award! Photo features (from left to right) Aaron Wise, Robert Curtis, Randy Bell (Digium), David Johnson, Fernando Baton, Steve Meek and Tyson Rasanen.
We’re so excited to celebrate our new location in Keller with you!
After hours on February 5th, join us for great food, drinks, always-awesome giveaways (including a 60″ big screen smart TV), chat with several of our vendor partners,
enjoy networking opportunities and our special guests Four Day Weekend, Fort Worth’s best comedy improv troop! We will be treated to an inspiring and fun “The Power of Yes, And…” presentation, which might just change how we all think – and do business in the New Year!
Don’t miss this fun time! Register right here:
If you missed it, here’s a few scenes from our February Open House & Ribbon Cutting
We hope everyone who joined us last week at our Open House had as great a time as we did! Special thanks to our awesome emcees, Frank Ford and David Ahearn from Four Day Weekend Comedy of Fort Worth, the delicious food served up wonderfully by 360 Catering & Events, also of Fort Worth, and our fav photographer Rick Dalton who captured these great shots and more.
Topic: Back by popular demand, the DFW BI Community welcomes back Adam Saxton of the Microsoft Power BI team. You may also know him as the Guy in a Cube.
The DFW Business Intelligence Community is a resource for anyone contemplating, designing, administering or using BI or Data Analytics. Monthly lunch meetings are typically held at Noah’s Event Center in Irving, TX. Click on the DFW Business Intelligence community logo to the left to join the group and be alerted of monthly meetings.
THIS MONTH’S TOPIC OVERVIEW –
Adam will be talking about all of the changes to Power BI. Do you understand how Premium fits in? What is an app workspace and why would you use it? And, what the heck is a capacity? We will take a look at Premium, Apps and App Workspaces along with the changes to embedding. We will also see how Power BI Report Server fits into the picture.
HIghlights from our Summertime Small Business Marketing Lunch & Learn
Whitley Penn and The Fulcrum Group (along with our friends from Consolidated Communications) co-hosted a wonderful lunch and learn event today at The Fort Worth Club, downtown, featuring great information on “new” small business marketing (vs. outdated, “old school” marketing techniques), featuring special guest speaker Cheryl Rios, of Go Ape Marketing. We hope attendees gained a fresh perspective on marketing, enjoyed our tips we shared, and considered a new direction to explore!
Congrats to our big winners of the day:
Daphne M. walked away with a brand new Samsung Galaxy tablet
Allen D. will be enjoying a $100 gift card to Del Friscos, as will Darla Y! .
All attendees received a free Social Marketing Analysis and Social Setup for their business, compliments of Go Ape Marketing!
Let us know – or feel free to comment on any of our various social media channels (use the links in upper right corner of this page) – how you enjoyed our topic today, what you’d like to see more of next time (or less of), and any other comments you might have – we would welcome your input as we prepare our next Lunch & Learn topic!
Stay tuned for more information on when that will be…
Please feel free to download our presentations from today:
Tuesday afternoon & evening, July 29th – Exit Strategy™ Seminar and Rangers’ game
We are excited to be participating again in this educational event for business owners that adds Texas Ranger baseball entertainment afterwards! The event will provide educational advice to business owners with respect to the following three (3) key questions:
Exit strategy alternatives: What are the options?
Value expectations: What are the drivers and considerations?
How to start the process? How to prepare for the highest value?
There will be giveaways including iPads and a copy of the B2B CFO® Exit Planning Software.
The Hall of Fame at the Rangers Ballpark (south side entrance)
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in
3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Presentations and sponsor networking
6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Buffet dinner
7:05 p.m. Yankees versus Rangers (ticketed seats in right field)
For more info, contact David Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or register here. Wednesday, June 25th, The Fulcrum Group & Whitley Penn (with co-sponsorship from our friends at Consolidated Communications) teamed up again for a Summertime Lunch & Learn on the topic of small business marketing, at the prestigious Fort Worth Club – this time, with expert small business marketing advice for you from David Johnson, of The Fulcrum Group and Cheryl Rios, of Go Ape Marketing.
Cheryl Rios is a communications specialist who has more than twenty years of experience directing local and regional media relations, along with event planning, marketing, video production, branding, community relations and corporate sponsorships.
In the past twenty years Rios has had the opportunity to work in many areas of the journalism, public affairs and communications fields. That experience has given her the ability to communicate with many different audiences internally and externally. Her key driving point is to always work to increase positive awareness about her clients.
Rios began her career working in television in Springfield, MO as a “one man band” shooting and reporting news stories. She then moved to work as a civic public information officer. She learned how to navigate municipal media relations from crisis communications to Public Service Announcements. She moved to the Dallas market where for five years she was a producer/reporter/editor with the number one rated television station in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She developed invaluable contacts and experience from having worked on both sides of the camera that she brought with her to lead the communications at Go Ape Marketing.
Rios is a native of New York and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Journalism from Evangel University in Missouri. When not working, she enjoys cooking, playing with her dog and likes spending every minute she can with her teenage son and her family.
If you haven’t already joined our Fort Worth IT Professionals Group on LinkedIn, and you’re an IT professional in the Fort Worth area, please jump in! Topics of interest are typically driven by previous group discussion. June’s lunch will be held at the Blue Mesa Grill in Fort Worth, topic is “Introduction to Infragard.” Infragard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.
11:30am to 11:45am – Networking
11:45am to 12:00pm – Order lunch
12:00pm to 12:15pm – Introductions
12:15pm to 12:45pm – “Introduction to Infragard” Presentation
12:45pm to 1pm – Q&A and Wrap-Up
Fort Worth IT Professionals May Networking Meeting
The LinkedIn group, Fort Worth IT Professionals, is a space where the Fort Worth Information Technology Community may exchange ideas and network together. We invite you to join our group on LinkedIn. Request membership to the group and enjoy access to others in our field here locally. We’ve started meeting monthly to network and share valuable info on technology related topics. Come join us! Specifics on our next meeting follow:
Last month, we took in a Rangers game – this time, we’ll be cheering on the Fort Worth Cats in a minor league happy hour event! Typically, we meet for lunch at a local Fort Worth area restaurant (where the regular lunch menu is available and each person is responsible for the cost of his/her own lunch) and topics are driven by interests of the group, so you can always join us online and throw in your ideas for upcoming topics and discussions! This month, on Wednesday, May 21st at 6 p.m., we’re forgoing lunch for another fun night of baseball! Join our group and come on out with us!
Fort Worth IT Professionals Typical Lunchtime Agenda
11:30am to 11:45am – Networking
11:45am to 12:00pm – Order Lunch
12:00pm to 12:15pm – Introductions
12:15pm to 12:45pm – Presentation
12:45pm to 1pm – Q&A and Wrap-Up
Pics & Presentations from our Springtime Lunch & Learn
Thank you to all of those who were able to attend this week’s Springtime Lunch & Learn at the Fort Worth Club with The Fulcrum Group, Whitley Penn & CoAdvantage. Despite this week’s crazy weather, we were pleasantly surprised at the wonderful turnout! It was a great time, and we enjoyed our opportunity to spend a little time with you.
We love to give away cool stuff – Congratulations to all of our prizewinners Wednesday, including:
Thomas Smith with Outreach Communications – $100 Del Frisco’s Gift Card
Linda de Jesus with Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau – $100 Del Frisco’s Gift Card
Rick Ivey with National Cutting Horse Association – Kindle Fire XD
Pam Buyers with PMG Advertising Agency – Round of Golf for 4 at Tour 18
We hope that you enjoyed the presentations on Reducing Employer Liability and Human Capital Management Costs, A Broad Look at Tax Changes and Business Growth Issues, and How To Take The Fear Out Of Buying Your Next Phone System. Links to each presentation are available here (just click on each presentation listed). We hope to see you again real soon – as always, “like” us on Facebook, and “follow” us on Twitter and LinkedIn (our social media buttons are easy to spot in the top-right of our site) to be first to know about any upcoming events, and other Fulcrum Group happenings.
Digium Switchvox Cloud Free Webinar
Join us Tuesday, 2/18 at 2 p.m. CST to discover 10 important reasons why Switchvox Cloud helps your business take the risk out of transitioning to a hosted UC phone system. In this webinar, our VoIP expert will prove to you that Switchvox Cloud will change the way your business communicates, while giving you the security of knowing that you’ve made the right choice. Register today!
2013/11 Highlights From Fall Lunch & Learn Event at La Cima Club in Las Colinas
The Fulcrum Group, CoAdvantage & Whitley Penn co-hosted a networking event which featured presentations on Readying Your Business For The Cloud, Tax Planning for 2014 and Navigating Healthcare Reform from all. Gabriela of Metro Bookkeeping won a new iPad and we invite to you peruse our presentations geared to growing businesses.
2012/04 2012 Customer Appreciation Event and tenth anniversary event
Irving Convention Center, April 11th 2012 Click here to view slideshow of pictures from our fun event. Thanks to everyone able to attend.
2012/03 Fort Worth IT Managers meeting- What’s new in Vmware 5
2011/09 Fulcrum Group Virtualization Event
Trophy Club Country Club, Sept. 15th 2011 Click here to download Steve and Ronnie’s Presentation on Virtualization and flyers. Click here to view images from the event.
2011/09 Fulcrum Golf Event
Click here to view slideshow images from the event.
2011/05 Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event
Irving Convention Center, May 12th 2011
Click here to download Jeff Matthew’s Presentation on Cloud Computing. Click here to download Alex Kaufman’s presentation on “How to Leverage Cloud Computing Resources” Click here to view images from the event!
2010/02 Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event
2009/10 Fulcrum Group Compliance Seminar
2009/08 New Horizons SpecTECHular! Technology Fair
2009/02 The Fulcrum Group Client Appreciation Event
2008/08 The Fulcrum Group Virtual Computing and Disaster Recovery Seminar
2007/07 The Fulcrum Group Cisco IP Telephony Lunch and Learn
2007/01 Education Service Center- Region XI Technology Fair
2007/01 The Fulcrum Group Disaster Recovery/ Business Continuity Seminar – Staying Alive!
2006/09 The Fulcrum Group Voice over IP- More Than Just Dial Tone Seminar
Outsource your IT support to the Fulcrum Group for improved performance and “no worry” computing. While many technology issues can be handled remotely, we complement our remote support tools with the personal touch of regular onsite visits, to better stay in synch with our clients and better uncover ways to improve the business.