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Luigi Distante emerges victorious in a record month for kudos!

« Way to Go » cards are sent by Aptos colleagues to other colleagues to recognize their contributions, help and support. The month of March saw more cards sent than ever before, and Milan-based Manager of Professional Services Luigi Distante emerged victorious as our Colleague of the Month.

Luigi (with the sweater over his shoulders) is pictured here with other colleagues on his last client trip before lockdowns began last year.

Congratulations, Luigi, and here’s hoping for many more client trips to come in the near future!

More quarterly awards: Individual winners

Aptos Way Awards are given to colleagues who demonstrate The Aptos Way every day.

Congratulations to these colleagues nominated by peers:

Chris Pillans – IT Security (UK Remote)
Chris triages urgent requests and remains positive and helpful.

Stuart Evans – Support (West Bromwich)
Stuart constantly strives to improve himself as well as the team he manages.

Alain Doth – Hardware Maintenance (Montreal)
Alain went out of his way to help research client requests that aided Sales with three key clients.

Malcolm Armes – Professional Services (UK Remote)
Malcolm constantly juggles ever-changing requirements and despite the chaos,…

Quarterly Awards Just Announced: Congratulations to these two teams!

We recently announced our quarterly Aptos Way Award winners, and we want to congratulate all the recipients, beginning with our two winners of the team award:

The MLM Support Team
Alessandro Sani, Fabrizio Magni, Maria Rosaria Mangolini, Norman Gregov
The MLM Support consistently overcomes challenges with quality solutions and detailed answers, solving problems now and for the future.

The Revionics Salesforce Integration Team
David Gildar, Diane Cerulli, Lisa Lee, Oana Croitoru, Robin Boyer, Sarah Swanson, Vanessa Kitchens
This cross-functional team completed the monumental merge of various systems to Salesforce in just 90 days!

Congratulations, everyone!

It’s all downhill from here: getting through the dog days of Winter

Montreal winters are long and cold, but as we slide into March, the locals can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And finding fun and COVID-safe ways to pass the cold days is still an important part of getting through whatever winter has left in store.

Montreal colleague Steve Panetta found just such a way when he took his kids snow tubing. Despite the -29C weather, Steve tells us he and the whole family had a blast flying down the hill. This looks fun, but Spring, here we come!!!

An Escape Room marketing workshop?

If you’ve never heard of a Marketing workshop/escape room, well you aren’t alone. But that didn’t stop colleagues Dave Bruno and Maisie Woolverton from inventing just such a format for a recent workshop they hosted during a Marketing conference. Attendees had to solve escape room challenges, like the one pictured here, to reveal Dave and Maisie’s lessons. By all accounts, everyone had fun and learned a lot.

But the question is, do you have what it takes to solve Maisie’s devious challenges? Try your skill at this one – likely the easiest of all her works!

Live! from LL Bean’s Employee Store!

We are extremely proud to announce that L.L.Bean has gone live with Aptos Store in their employee store. Pictured here are two employees – one a buyer and one a seller – as they complete the first live POS  transaction!

Congratulations to everyone, and here’s to many more milestones in the very near future!

A serene sunset in the days before Spring

Once again, Newburgh-based Gilbert Espinosa was kind enough to share some of his amazing photography with us at Now Trending. And this gorgeous winter sunset he captured brought us both serenity and hope for a new day, with more vaccines for more people, as the seasons begin to change and hope springs eternal.

Thanks as always, Gilbert! Beautiful shot!

Festive Times: Belle of the COVID Christmas Ball

Congrats to Kamala Anupindi for winning the holiday attire contest during the NORAM Sales Virtual Happy Hour! While many team members showed up in their festive best, Kamala went above and beyond designing this custom COVID Christmas ball gown that truly captures the spirit of 2020. From the toilet paper ribbons to the puffy mask sleeves and hand sanitizer jewelry, all the handmade details in this outfit wowed the crowd and handily took first place.

Festive Times: NORAM Sales Happy Hour Brings Cocktails, Costumes Cool Backgrounds and Camaraderie

For people that make their livings on the road, 2020 was a very challenging year for our sales teams, to be sure. However, when they gathered from their homes to celebrate the season with a virtual team happy hour, they showed that no matter if on the road or at home, they are an amazing group of people.  They celebrated their friendships and successes with a craft cocktail lesson, a holiday attire contest, and a holiday background contest.

In news that will surprise no one, they brought their « A Game » and a great time was had by all!

Festive Times: Escaping the Pandemic in an Escape Room

Our Professional Services team came together last week to escape the challenges of the pandemic, at least for a little while, by attempting to solve their way out of a « Night at the Museum » -themed Escape Room. Each team had to solve puzzles, riddles and clues to unlock the museum doors without setting off the alarm.

We hear that it was a great virtual adventure, and that fun was definitely had by all. Also, congratulations are due to the winning teams: team Fish and Pasta from EMEA/APAC, and team D-Day from the Americas.

Well done, everyone!