TPC Creates A New Division

    GRAND RAPIDS — Technology Professionals Corp. (TPC) Founder and President Steve Lassig recently fulfilled another major goal, making that one at least his third big success in just the last six years.

    His first was getting TPC up and running as a niche service provider in IT consulting back in May 1996.

    His second was getting TPC listed as one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing private companies, ranking at 88 last year on the national Top 500 list.

    And he grabbed his third gold ring less than a month ago by forming the firm’s first Community Services Division.

    “Six years ago it was my goal to create a company on the idea that people are the most valuable asset,” said Lassig.

    “The entire company culture stems from this philosophy and is reflected in the formulization of the TPC Community Services Division.”

    The mission of the new division is to create partnerships with local nonprofit groups and advise these organizations and offer them technical resources regarding their technology needs at or below cost.

    Joy Ducey is heading the new division. She and other TPC employees began discussing the potential of the new service with IT directors and community-service coordinators at a number of nonprofits in January.

    “The response has been very favorable,” said Ducey.

    “By formalizing the division, we’ve created a learning mechanism for our employees to explore technologies and their applications in diverse industries and organizations, with wonderful implications for nonprofit health and social service organizations,” she added.

    Ducey also viewed the Community Services Division as a way to keep TPC workers busy and learning in a weakened economy.

    TCP is headquartered at One Ionia SW and has offices in Arizona, Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey. The firm offers employee, project, technical and remote DBA services, along with hardware and system platform consulting.

    Lassig was selected as one of the 28 finalists for the West Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year Award, an event sponsored last week by Ernst & Young at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

    Lassig was cited for the close relationship he has with TPC employees, of whom more than 90 percent were added to the staff based on recommendations from his co-workers. Each year, Lassig distributes up to 20 percent of the company’s profits to the employees. At last count, TPC had 85 on board.

    “We have invested in technology and processes to attract and retain high quality technical experts to serve the diverse needs of TCP’s clients,” he said.

    “Our people are our business, which means their needs and interests weigh as strongly into our business equation as any other capital investment we might make.”

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