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BlueSky IT Partners Ranks No. 1983 on the 2019 Inc. 5000
Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of
America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000
BlueSky IT Partners Ranks No. 1983 on the 2019 Inc. 5000
With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 355%
Houston, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that BlueSky IT Partners is No. 1983 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“I’d like to thank all of our clients, employees and partners for their role in helping us achieve this accomplishment. We have experienced tremendous growth over the past year and are excited for the future of BlueSky IT Partners.” – Meg Toups, CEO and Founder
Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.
“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”
The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.
About BlueSky IT Partners
BlueSky IT Partners is an elite IT services firm specializing in Telecom, Cloud, Mobility, Unified Communication and Contact Center, Data Center, and Security services. With over 20 years of technical expertise, 160 leading telecom carriers, and a global network of 20,000 Smart Hands field technicians, we can connect you with the right IT solutions, lower your costs, and give you back your critical IT resources. We solve your biggest technology challenges – so you can capitalize on your biggest business opportunities.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.
For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.
Meg Toups, BlueSky IT Partners CEO, Wins Entrepreneur of the Year!
Houston, TX. March 18, 2019 – The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC) recently hosted their Annual Awards and Board Induction Luncheon at the Westin Galleria. The ceremony honored deserving community leaders and businesses for their support for the advancement of women.
Among this outstanding group of executives and companies Meg Toups, BlueSky IT Partners CEO, took home the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award! “The GHWCC is proud to recognize Meg, not only for her business success, but for giving back to non-profit organizations in the community BlueSky IT Partners serves.” – Suzan Deison, GHWCC CEO/President/Founder
This prestigious award is voted on by the GHWCC Board and other leaders in the community. It is awarded to the woman who has shown exceptional business acumen, economic development contributions, growth, hard work, and overcoming obstacles.
“I’m incredibly honored to be recognized among so many so many fantastic leaders and companies. I want to thank my team for all of their efforts to help make BlueSky IT Partners so successful and everyone at GHWCC for this award. I’m so thankful for this organization and the great work they are continuing to do for the women of Houston.” – Meg Toups
Luncheon proceeds will benefit the chamber’s program of work in the community, which includes Houston on Board, an initiative to see more women serving on corporate boards, scholarships for deserving female students in area school districts; the chamber’s Entrepreneur Accelerator Program; and STEAM Town USA, an initiative to familiarize third grade girls with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math concepts and careers.
About BlueSky IT Partners
BlueSky IT Partners is an elite IT services firm specializing in Telecom, Cloud, Mobility, Unified Communication and Contact Center, Data Center, and Security services. With 20 years of technical expertise, 160 leading telecom carriers, and a global network of 20,000 Smart Hands field technicians, we can connect you with the right IT solutions, lower your costs, and give you back your critical IT resources. We solve your biggest technology challenges – so you can capitalize on your biggest business opportunities.
Executive Dinner with Houston's IT Leaders
BlueSky IT Partners CEO, Meg Toups, hosted an executive dinner amongst Houston’s top technology leaders at the beautiful Georgia James steakhouse. The evenings discussion centered around digital transformation strategy and lead to a lively debate regarding Cloud vs. Premise software. It was an evening to remember full of wonderful food, stimulating discussion, and excellent company!
2019 ORBIE Awards Finalists!
Congratulations to the 2019 Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards finalists, honored last week at the Finalist Reception & Executive Dinner on January 24th.
An evening with DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphey
An evening with DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphey – taking down Pablo Escabar – what really happened!
DEA special agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy were assigned as the lead investigators targeting drug cartel Pablo Escobar and his organization. These true American heroes provided a lesson in history as they discussed their efforts bringing down the world’s first narco-terrorist, the challenges they faced in oftentimes hostile and life-threatening environments, and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end the reign of terror of the world’s most wanted criminal. Their presentation was followed by a Q&A opportunity during which Javier and Steve answered questions related to their investigation, the making of the hit Netflix show ‘Narcos’, what history changing investigation is next for them.
Profiles in Power awards!
Austin Business Journal is proud to recognize 109 women making a difference in Central Texas. They work in a variety of fields, selling artisanal cheese, finding killer office space for clients, leading technology startups, guiding corporate behemoths and more. But they share a sense of stewardship and giving back.
Tee Up with Texans Raises $74,000
Houston Texans’ cornerback, Kareem Jackson, hosted his first annual Tee Up with Texans at the TopGolf Houston-Katy with the event raising $74,000 for the Kareem Jackson Foundation which looks to provide opportunities and resources to families with children battling cancer and women battling breast cancer.
Jackson was joined by teammates, JJ Watt, Johnathan Joseph and more than a dozen more, as they traded in their helmets and uniforms for clubs and tees as they become celebrity golfers for the evening full of point-scoring golf games alongside fans and foundation supporters. Drew Daugherty from Texans TV served as emcee while guests enjoyed drinks, great food, fun golf games, and exciting auctions.
“This is a cause near and dear to my heart with my sister and mother both cancer survivors,” said Jackson. “I am so thankful to all those who came out to support me and the Foundation.”
Proceeds from the event will go to fund programming for the Kareem Jackson Foundation. There are two marquee programs launching later this year. The Pretty in Pink luncheon will honor women who are battling and those who have achieved victory over breast cancer with VIP treatment. Also the Foundation will be hosting Christmas in July which will provide patients and their siblings with an unexpected special day to lift spirits. Each July, Kareem will partner with one of Houston’s Children’s Hospitals and a team of elves to pass out gifts to those in need.
Inaugural LEAD Award Honoring Exceptional Female Tech Channel Leaders
Santa Ana, CA (Sept 25, 2017) – Women in the Channel (WiC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female leaders in the technology channel, congratulates the winners of the inaugural WiC LEAD Award, a new initiative to recognize exceptional women in the channel. Five winners were honored at a ceremony during the 14th Women in the Channel WiCConnect Networking Event, from 5-8 p.m., September 25, in Austin during Channel Partners Evolution. LEAD Award winners, in alphabetical order by last name, include:
- Karin Fields, CEO/COO, MicroCorp
- Tina Smith, Global Director of CenturyLink Alliances Marketing, CenturyLink
- Angie Tocco, Co-founder, LanYap Networks
- Meg Toups, CEO, BlueSky IT Partners
- Dalyn Wertz, Executive Director – Indirect Channel Management, Comcast
BlueSky Supports Local STEM Education Via Charity Golf Tournament
Houston, TX (April 22, 2017) – BlueSky is honored to support local STEM education through our sponsorship and attendance of the 4th Annual SIM Houston CIO Charity Golf Tournament at Golf Club of Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open. Proceeds from the tournament will be distributed amongst local IT talent in high school, college, and in technical communities via scholarships to promote STEM-based education and non-profit organizations. This year’s STEM beneficiaries have been selected and include: Genesys Works, MISSO, and Citizen Schools.
BlueSky To Sponsor And Attend 2017 INCOMPAS Show
New Orleans, LA (April 3-5, 2017) – BlueSky is proud to sponsor and attend the 2017 INCOMPAS Show this April in New Orleans, Louisiana. INCOMPAS is the leading trade association for communications and technology companies large and small, advocating for laws and policies that promote competition, innovation and economic development. The goals of the show are to educate with top-quality presentations from industry thought leaders and to facilitate meaningful exchanges that lead to business deals and pipeline building for our attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, members and supporters.
Meg Toups Joins Executive Board For Brian Cushing Foundation
Houston, TX (March 15, 2017) – BlueSky Founder and CEO, Meg Toups, recently joined the Executive Board for the Brian Cushing Foundation. The mission of the Brian Cushing Foundation is to serve and honor the men and women who protect our country by providing resources and experiences to Houston-area veterans and their families. The Goal of the Foundation is to impact the lives of more than 30,000 people by the end of 2017. Military families with both active and non-active service men/women receive their assistance to help deal with the challenges they face. “I have the utmost appreciation and gratitude for our vets, and I am honored to support such a worthy cause.” -Meg Toups
Shoptalk Retail & ECommerce Event
Las Vegas, NV (March 19-22, 2017) – BlueSky will be attending the 2017 Shoptalk Retail & eCommerce event this month. Shoptalk will host over 5,000 attendees, 500 CEO’s and 2,000 companies where they will learn about the latest trends, business models and technologies from CEOs and executives of early stage companies, technology providers, commerce disruptors and venture capital investors as well as from peers at established retailers and brands. Attendees will be interacting with the ecosystem, embracing innovation, collaborating in new ways, forging innovative partnerships and funding groundbreaking initiatives.
2017 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit
Houston, TX (February 22, 2017) – BlueSky IT Partners is proud to sponsor The 2017 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit: Re-Imagining the Enterprise for the Next Era of the Digital Age. The Summit is being held February 22, 2017 from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis Houston. This conference is designed exclusively for CIO/IT leader executives and will deliver world class thought leadership in a collaborative setting. Attendees will receive unique insights into best practices and hear success stories involving strategic leadership to drive innovation, transformation and business results. Industry luminaries will share technology trends and opportunities. Real world insight will be gained through peer and partner networking. The event is being put on by HMG Strategy and our good friends at Society for Information Management Houston are the official Association Partner for the event. We encourage you to join us by registering for the event here.
Super Bowl LI - Pro Football Hall Of Fame Merlin Olsen Luncheon
Houston, TX (February 3, 2017) – The NFL officially “kicked off” Super Bowl LI with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olsen Luncheon honoring Hall of Fame Running Back Earl Campbell and Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis Houston Hotel. The luncheon, hosted in conjunction with the Greater Houston Partnership and presented by the Ford Motor Company, provided an opportunity for Meg Toups to get up-close and personal with the NFL greats of the game. During the luncheon, Meg had the opportunity to meet and hear stories from 100 Hall of Famers and NFL Legends. Scan the photos of Meg and see if you can spot your favorite Gold Jackets!
Meg Toups Is Panelist At 2017 Channel Partners Conference & Expo - Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2017) – BlueSky CEO, Meg Toups has been selected to be a panelist April 11th at the 2017 Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meg will be providing her expert insight into, “Three Ways the Channel Benefits From SD-WAN“. IDC predicts that the SD-WAN market will be worth $6 billion by 2020, up from $225 million in 2015. That’s a tidy compound annual growth rate of more than 90 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period. Drivers include a proliferation of SaaS-based business applications, such as Salesforce, Microsoft Skype for Business and Office 365, and demands for branch offices to directly, securely and reliably connect with HQ and access these and other services via the Internet.
Panelists (L to R: Meg Toups, Mike Sapien, Steve Woo, Randy Friedberg)
Aryaka CIO Summit With BlueSky IT Partners - 2017
Houston, TX (February 2, 2017) – BlueSky is proudly co-sponsoring the “Aryaka CIO Summit with BlueSky IT Partners” at the Yellow Rose Distillery. Our co-sponsor, Aryaka, is a global SD-WAN services provider. The evening will be filled with whiskey, good conversations, and tasty hors d’oeuvres. We look forward to seeing you! RSVP here. For questions contact email@example.com Join the conversation on LinkedIn here.
Greater Houston Women's Chamber Of Commerce
Houston, TX (January 25, 2017) – BlueSky proudly attended and supported the Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Board Introductory Ceremony. The annual event celebrated the dedicated volunteers who donated their time and abilities, thanked the 2016 Board of Directors for the incredible year they led the organization and congratulated the incoming 2017 Board of Directors.
BioHouston's WISE - Women In Science With Excellence - Houston
Houston, TX (January 20, 2017) – BlueSky supported and attended the annual luncheon celebrating Women in Science with Excellence (WISE). The event included four incredible speakers sharing their stories and how they are contributing to amazing advances in science and medicine. The speakers were Michelle Barton, PH.D., Professor, Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Janet Braam, PH.D., Wiess Professor and Chair, Department of BioSciences, Rice University; Helen Helsop, M.D., D.SC., Director, Cell and Gene Therapy Center, Baylor College of Medicine and Evelyn Medvin, Vice President, Core Laboratories. Women in Science with Excellence (WISE) is an initiative of BioHouston dedicated to advancing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). WISE is a movement celebrating exceptional women in technical disciplines. By connecting women of all ages, WISE inspires girls to turn their interest in STEM into a life-long passion.
Society For Information Management (SIM) - Houston Chapter
Houston, TX (January 17, 2017) – BlueSky has been a long term sponsor of SIM Houston. We are proud to have specifically sponsored the January meeting with guest speaker Stephen Cordill, Vice President Wealth Management with UBS. The presentation explored the impact of the US Presidential Election, both for the domestic economy and the worldwide landscape. The focus was then progress to the global and US economic outlook for 2017. Industry sector implications were explored and the Technology Sector was examined in detail by the UBS Technology Sector Strategist, Kevin J. Dennean from the firm’s US headquarters in New York. The conclusion included Q & A, and a look at the impact on the Houston economy.
National Retail Federation Foundation Gala 2017 - NYC
New York City, NY (January 15, 2017) – BlueSky serves many clients in the retail industry, and we are proud to attend and support the National Retail Federation Foundation Gala 2017. This event is dedicated to celebrating the imagination, inspiration and innovation at work in retail today. In addition to honoring The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, NRF hosts dozens of high performing students at the Gala to recognize their early contributions to retail.
Club TPC - BlueSky Wins President's Award
Petaluma, CA (October 17, 2016) – At the annual Intelisys Partner conference, welcoming more than 1,000 Sales Partners, Supplier Partners and guests in the cloud and telecom industry, BlueSky won the President’s Club Award. The Club TPC Membership is for significant 2016 achievements in billings with a more than 20 percent increase on last year’s billings.
VARTECH 2016 - Hosted By BlueStar
The first global VARTECH, the event offered educational sessions focused on key channel issues alongside networking events to further connections and professional relationships. Running from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14, VARTECH events varied in length and subject. Learn More
Bluesky : Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women Of 2015
“As the CEO of BlueSky IT in gross sales in less than five years. She started BlueSky IT Partners with a vision and $15,000 in seed money. Today, she has clients across the United States and the world and has won awards for industry innovation, IT results and client case studies performed by her team……”
Past Events 2015
Here’s a list of upcoming events nationwide where you can see BlueSky:
- What: NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO or “Retail’s BIG Show”
- When: January 17-20, 2016
- Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center / New York, NY
- Why: Retail’s BIG Show is NRF’s flagship industry event held annually in New York City. The four day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. From the C-Level and Senior Execs to the regional managers and the single store operators – anyone who is in retail has a home at Retail’s BIG Show.
- If you’d are attending the show, and would like to meet with our CEO to learn about our retail solutions, please contact Jessica at 713-929-0953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What: CIO Perspectives
- When: November 12, 2015
- Where: Magnolia Hotel Houston / Houston, TX
- Why: BlueSky is a sponosor for this year’s event. CIO Perspectives brings together hundreds of CIOs and senior IT excutives each year for “rich content, superior networking and event excellence, all in one day.”
- What: First Annual Houston CIO Charity Sporting Clays Tournament
- When: November 7, 2015
- Where: American Shooting Centers / Houston, TX
- Why: BlueSky was a sponsor for the event, hosted by the Houston Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), Houston’s premier network for IT executives. All proceeds to benefit support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives in the Greater Houston Metro area.
Check back here for updates throughout the year!
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2nd Annual SIM CIO Charity Golf Tournament
BlueSky IT Partners (BlueSky) was a proud sponsor at the 2nd Annual CIO Charity Golf Tournament on April 25, 2015. The tournament hosted by the Houston chapter of SIM (Society of Information Management) was held at the Golf Club of Houston, one of the premier golf courses in Texas and home of the Shell Houston Open. Despite the initial thunder and delayed start, the teams played 18 rounds with proceeds promoting local STEM-based educational and nonprofit organizations included AITP and Genesys Works.
- Melinda Linkous, Modec International
- Chad Bourg, Lyondell
- Meg Toups, BlueSky IT Partners
- Kip Guidry, Polycom
- Johnny Olivas, Toshiba International
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Channel Partners 360° Award 2015
Channel Partners "Big Outcomes" Conference 2015
Find the next BIG revenue-generator on the Channel Partners Expo Hall floor where you’ll meet over 200 service providers! See below for Meg Toups, Founder and CEO, thoughts on why she makes it to the show every year.