Beacon employee (and her dog) light up web

By | 2016-11-18T14:12:38+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Categories: Beacon News|

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Gotta share this amazing story. In our “work life”, we know our colleagues mostly by their talents in the office from 9-5.  But, on the 5-9 flipside, there’s a world of other talents, interests and activities.  I love it when people step up to a challenge, or opportunity, and take action.  I call it “walking the talk” (a phrase that some want to debate about, but look it up).

Dog w Vultures

When you learn more about Keana Lynch, our Lead UI Web Developer, you’ll want to give her a high-five, a hug or maybe both! As an extremely devoted animal rescue activist, Keana stepped up to completely change the life of a desperate dog for whom “the buzzards were circling”, literally.  When you look at the images, you will think “no way” and then, if you have a heart, it will likely skip a beat.  It may be the most vivid picture of “doom” that I’ve ever seen.  It’s ingrained in my mind like the old “agony of defeat” clip for the Wide World of Sports.

I don’t want to re-tell the story, because you can read what others have published all over the web (see links below). It was even featured in Yahoo News recently.  She’s also getting calls from across the country from people who care and appreciate her work and kindness.  We can certainly focus on animal cruelty and the importance of animal rescue here, but I’ll leave that to others.  There’s also a great opportunity here to talk about the internet and viral stories.  But for me, it’s just cool to see people, like Keana, get attention when they aren’t looking for it, when they are just doing what they believe is right, because they care.

Life With Dogs TV

Greensboro News & Record

Dog Time

MyFox8 News

Winston-Salem Journal

The DoDo

Hickory Daily Record

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.