EVENTS AND AWARDS
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Meg Toups joins the USA Booming Podcast at the Inc. 5000 Awards
Our Founder and CEO, Meg Toups, sat down with Ryan Culpepper and Sam Pennell of the USA Booming podcast to discuss the origins of BlueSky, what she’s learned as an entrepreneur, and the future of our organization. Use the link to listen to the episode and learn why “the sky is the limit” for BlueSky IT Partners.
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
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!
Tee Up with Texans Raises $74,000
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
- 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
BlueSky To Sponsor And Attend 2017 INCOMPAS Show
Meg Toups Joins Executive Board For Brian Cushing Foundation
Shoptalk Retail & ECommerce Event
2017 Houston CIO Executive Leadership Summit
Super Bowl LI - Pro Football Hall Of Fame Merlin Olsen Luncheon
Meg Toups Is Panelist At 2017 Channel Partners Conference & Expo - Las Vegas
Panelists (L to R: Meg Toups, Mike Sapien, Steve Woo, Randy Friedberg)
Aryaka CIO Summit With BlueSky IT Partners - 2017
Greater Houston Women's Chamber Of Commerce
BioHouston's WISE - Women In Science With Excellence - Houston
Society For Information Management (SIM) - Houston Chapter
National Retail Federation Foundation Gala 2017 - NYC
Club TPC - BlueSky Wins President's Award
VARTECH 2016 - Hosted By BlueStar
Bluesky : Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women Of 2015
Past Events 2015
- 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
- Melinda Linkous, Modec International
- Chad Bourg, Lyondell
- Meg Toups, BlueSky IT Partners
- Kip Guidry, Polycom
- Johnny Olivas, Toshiba International