2015 Flew By and Beacon was Having Fun!

By | 2018-09-14T14:47:00+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Beacon News|

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Beacon 2015 ImageWas 2015 shorter than normal?  Time flies and yes, we were having fun!

What a year!  We traveled around the U.S. to many new client locations, trade shows, speaking engagements and conferences.  We worked hard to meet deadlines and budgets.  We were there for our customers when they needed us.  We delivered results and quality work.  We did the “RFP-dance” many times to prepare strong proposals.  And we learned a lot.

But we also laughed a lot.  We saw marriages and new babies born within our work family.  We had Pirate Day, Bad Sweater Day, Cookie Exchange, Thanksgiving Feast and offsite socials.  We came together to raise money for Kids Path (Hospice), provide food to our community through Urban Ministry, and grow our support for the United Way with another increase in contributions over 2014.  We had a good year.

Of course, taking care of our clients is always our top priority, but 2015 will be remembered for…

  • Brains, Beauty & Brawn” to represent the strategy/analytics, marketing/design and technology/development services provided by Beacon.
  • The official unveiling of GAFUSION at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, which connects in-store sales to online marketing activity within Google Analytics.
  • Full ramp-up of Beacon IT Services (“BITS”), providing proactive managed IT services to local small businesses that need dependable support.
  • A great collection of insightful posts on the Beacon Blog from our expert staff.  Check out the Top 15

Oh, and the numbers? Very nice. Thanks to a truly incredible team, 2015 saw

  • our 7th consecutive year of revenue growth,
  • 16% growth in our team,
  • 20% growth in new College & University clients,
  • and 70% growth of BITS clients in the Triad area.

About the Author:

Mark Dirks
Before becoming Beacon's CEO, Mark climbed through the technical ranks, starting as an application developer for RJ Reynolds. He then spent 15 years at AT&T, where he led the creation of one of the world’s first corporate intranets. Co-founding Beacon in 1998, he has driven consistent growth, long-term partnerships and a unique culture for 20 years. Mark was instrumental in forming relationships with Google, Accenture, KPMG Consulting, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Department of Education (when Beacon developed FAFSA on the Web). These relationships during the company's early years, coupled with Mark’s leadership and business development skills, foreshadowed the growth of Beacon's Higher Education portfolio over the last 10 years. Mark holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University and an M.S. in Computer Systems from Kansas State University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Technology Association, was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and received the Entrepreneurial Success Award by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.