Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FSG Stars Shine In Red Carpet Recognition... And The Winners Are...

"Last night was a genuine show of support and morale building— an example why FSO is the industry's differentiator."























Greetings,

We are proud to continue the tradition of hosting our annual awards ceremony, which took place at our headquarters on January 17th. The ceremony is our opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and say THANK YOU to all of our employees who go above and beyond. By offering our associates this recognition, along with career opportunities and advancement, we receive the reward of their commitment and PRIDE in their accomplishments.

We believe in training, motivating, and building a career path for the passionate people who consistently do a great job for our clients. Our goal is to become the “Best Place to Work,” and highlighting achievements is just one of the ways that we fulfill that ambition. 

We thought that you would appreciate learning who the award winners were and seeing the pictures as they accepted their award.


Here are the winners, with names below each photo. Congratulations to all!


1.       FSO Associate of the Year
Winners: Maria M, Sharifa C, & Rossi C (not pictured) 


2.      FSO Top Direct Hire Producer
Winner: Daniel W


3.      FSG Associate of the Year
Winners: Jackie J & Clark D


4.      FSG Sites of the Year
Winners: Financial Service Leaders in New York & Chicago

5.      FSS Top Consulting Producer
Winner: Lijo T


6.      FSS Top Temp Producer
Winner: Gail B


7.     FSO Top Client Renewal
Winner: Luther H



8.     FSO Site Manager of the Year
Winners: Gil Q (not pictured), Demetrius P, &
Pat M (not pictured)


9.      FSS Salesperson of the Year
Winner: Curtis D


10.    FSO Top Client Renewal
Winner: Luther H


11.    Loyalty to Royalty
Winner: Natalie H


10.    FSS Top Client/Candidate Services
Winner: Jeffrey R




11.    FSO Top Sales Executive of the Year: 

Ron Kelly




12.    FSO Senior Vice President of the Year: 



Winners who are not pictured include:

FSO Top Billing: 
Kaci P & Bobby D

FSO (re)IMAGINED New Revenue: 
Lissette U & Cacharel H


One of FSO’s true differentiators is our CARE for our employees, and there is nothing we enjoy more than recognizing and rewarding their awesome performance.

Please join us in congratulating everyone. I hope that you feel the FSG difference from our teams every day.


Have a great day and thanks for being a part of our amazing journey.


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

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"Keep the fire burning in yourself."
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

SmartCEO Honors— Then Interviews— Mitch Weiner

"Some folks see things as they are 
and ask why.
I see things as they could be 
and say why not"







Good Morning Folks,

I recently attended an awards gala to accept SmartCEO’s 2016 Future 50 award on behalf of FSO. This prestigious event was held at Capitale in New York City, and had more than 550 executives in attendance. The companies honored by SmartCEO were chosen based on achievements in revenue and growth, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that is essential for leadership and success. The Future 50 award is a reflection of FSO’s strength and success, and I am very proud to be among those honored.

Following the ceremony, I sat down with SmartCEO for an interview to discuss how FSO is (re)IMAGINING the future of business and how it impacts results. Have a look at a brief video:




The 2016 SmartCEO Future 50 award validates what Crain’s Fast 50 and Inc. 5000 have confirmed: We are a five-year-old startup company that has taken the market by storm. The future is bright - and we have only just begun!

Learn more about the award on SmartCEO's website.


I would like to extend my thanks to all of our employees for all that you do, and to our clients for the privilege of serving you.

Have a GREAT day as I look forward to seeing all of you soon.



Love Life!


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

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“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others 
without getting a few drops on yourself.”
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

And The Award Goes To...



"I was choked up and tearing many times during the awards..  the winners speeches and the words spoken about our growth, our care and simply how people feel was, well hard to say... just amazing."


Good Morning Folks,

FSG (FSS and FSO) is full of traditions - one of them being our Annual Awards Celebration. This is our opportunity to cheer for and to say THANK YOU to all of our employees and recognize our superstars. This year’s event was held on January 13, 2016 both at Headquarters and Nationally, and I can say it was one of our best yet! We had one of the highest number of nominees in our history of hosting the event and the celebration was just awesome.

From the feedback I've been receiving, attendees agree that Wednesday night's event was certainly one of our best ceremonies:
"Bravo to you for a successful meeting and putting smiles on so many faces." 
"Wow! What an awesome meeting!! It went by so fast - the energy, music and presenters  was awesome!"
"I was so incredibly proud of my Team! It was so great to see and hear all of the National recognition."
"I am grateful for my acceptance into the Owners Circle of Excellence. For the last few years I have seen the President's Club logo on FSO-FSS Business cards, but to now have it on my own cards is an honor."
"Last night was a triumph of corporate morale building. A genuine and energetic show of support and moxie."
"The event is just another example why FSO is the differentiator in the industry and a much deserved THANK YOU goes out to the Executive Leadership Team for hosting yet an amazing party."
Kim, Jim, Dean, and I thought that you would appreciate learning who the award winners were and seeing the pictures as they accepted their award.


Here are the winners, with names below each photo. Congratulations to all!


1.       Top Client Renewal Award
Winner: Kaci — AMLAW 200 Firm


2.       Top Billing Award
Winner: Shawn & John — World's #1-Ranked Professional Service Firm

3.       (re)Imagined New Revenue Award
Winner: Ivy – Biotech (Not Pictured)


4.       Best Client Reference Award
Winner: Stephanie – AMLAW 200 Firm

5.       Associate of the Year Award

Category 1: Jannel — Financial Services Leader


Category 2: Omar – World's #1-Ranked Advertising and PR Firm

Category 3: Leo – Wireless Telecom Leader (Not Pictured)


Category 4: Darren - Property Management


Category 5: Greg — FSS

6.       Site Manger of the Year Award

Category 1: Terrance – Footwear Retail


Category 2: Christian – AMLAW 200 Firm


Category 3: Cacharel – Wireless Telecom Leader (Not Pictured)



7.    FSS Top Direct Hire Producer Award
Winner: Sid

     8. FSS Top Temp Producer Award
Winner: Chris


9.       FSS Sales Person of the Year
Winner: Joseph


10.  (re)IMAGINE Excellence Award (HQ)
Winner: Rose

11.   Director/Vice President of the Year
Winner: Lissette (Not Pictured)


12.   2015 Passionate Power House of the Year


Category 1: Non-Profit


Category 2: Top 20 Advertising Agency


Category 3:  AMLAW 200 Firm

One of FSO’s true differentiators is our CARE for our employees and there is nothing we enjoy more than recognizing and rewarding their awesome performance.

Please join us in congratulating everyone. I hope that you feel the FSO difference from our teams every day

Have a great day and thanks for being a part of our amazing journey.


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

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"Keep the fire burning in yourself."
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Art of Business / Dinner Conversation

"With so much focus on what to say, it can be easy to forget that talking is only half of a conversation. The other half, of course, is listening. “One thing most people enjoy is when other people pay attention to them,” says Smith. This includes listening closely to what others have to say, asking questions to get them to say more, and genuinely appreciating what was shared."



Good Morning Folks,

I have been out in the field a lot and plan on increasing that. At the sites. Meeting the folks. Talking to the folks. Dining with our clients and more to better understand the market, what they are hearing and how we can help.

The field is where it happens. It is where we learn. Get information.  And build from. Headquarters needs "field-real" information so we can ensure that FSO is solidly positioned for the future and nothing stands in the way of us dominating the market place. 


As many of you know Pat, Jim and I can be out entertaining clients till 11PM every night with great food, fine wine and stimulating conversation. Something I doubt you'll find the top executives and owners of our competitors doing.

And for many clients at the highest level, this is where we offer unsolicited growth advice that has become one of FSO's greatest value adds. We are able to observe innovations in place A and connect the dots with place B. But the best brainstorming and the real ideas flow the mood is just right and the environment perfect and removed from the day to day grind of the office.

So clients often ask, how do you orchestrate these dinners night after night and you enjoy them so much? is there an art to a business conversation? Mitch, what are your secrets?

And I always refer them to a primer on the subject I received from one of my regular stops across the country: Capital Grill.

==> I present ... The Art of Conversation  byMeta Wagner for The Capital Grille

An hour cocktail party or two-hour business dinner can feel like a day dragging on if you aren’t silver-tongued or you wind up paired with someone who is less-than-outgoing. Even captivating public speakers or extroverted account executives can sometimes find themselves at a loss when the go-to topics (business, movies, weather, kids) are exhausted.

Fortunately, no matter where you are on the conversation comfort scale, there are techniques that can make any conversation engaging, meaningful, and memorable.

==> Banter like the Best Conversationalists
Conversation, as with any art from, has past masters that the rest of us can emulate. And, no group of gabbers is as renowned as the Algonquin Round Table. These writers, critics, actors and wits, including Dorothy Parker, met for lunch regularly at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 to 1929, producing linguistic gems that are still quoted to this day.

Not everyone can produce the perfect bon mot, but everyone has personal stories to share. And, storytelling, according to Paul Smith, author of Lead with a Story, is the basis for relationship building through conversation. This is especially true in the workplace, where, all too often, hallway chatter can seem predictable or even superficial.

Smith says that there are two types of stories you can tell that will be instant hits. “Be self-deprecating,” says Smith. “Everyone would love to hear about how you accidentally hit ‘Reply All’ to the company email and admitted something a little embarrassing to the entire organization.”

The other welcomed type of story is about when you learned something, or learned it in an unexpected way. “Talking about your medieval history class might only be interesting to other history buffs,” says Smith. “But if you tell a story about how you learned medieval history by watching Monty Python movies and cross-referencing the facts in Wikipedia, almost anyone will find that entertaining.”

==> Create a Genuine Connection
Storytelling can also take you beyond simple camaraderie and actually allow you to create a closer, more genuine bond with co-workers or clients. It all depends on how willing you are to be open and honest.

“The most effective stories are ones that create vulnerability by showing an insecurity, or describing a painful time in your life, or a costly failure,” says Smith. “They’re exactly the kind of stories people don’t want to tell to a bunch of strangers in the office—and that’s the point. It’s a vicious circle. We don’t tell our personal stories because we work with strangers. They remain strangers because we don’t tell our personal stories. You have to break the cycle. Tell your own stories and challenge other people to tell theirs, and you’ll never work with strangers again.”

Daniel Menaker, former editor at the New Yorker and Random House and the author of A Good Talk, agrees. “Take risks and confide in others,” he advises. “Those are the conversations that come from nowhere and develop into exchanges with more meaning.”

==> Treat Conversing Like a Task
Stimulating repartee, funny anecdotes, and personal disclosures are the stock in trade of a great conversationalist. But there are also times when you might feel shy or anxious about attending an upcoming dinner party or company outing. That’s where your project management skills will come in handy.

Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk, says to approach these occasions as you would any other project. “Most of us are great at tasks,” she says. “That’s one reason why we’ve succeeded, professionally.”

First step is a little reconnaissance. Fine suggests getting hold of the guest list if you can and reviewing everyone’s names, especially partners and spouses, so you can try to recall what you know about each person and, if you’ve met before, what you talked about the last time you were together.

Next, prepare three “conversation starters” that are broad enough to appeal to nearly anyone and are designed to elicit specific, and hopefully interesting, responses. “Bring me up to date with that project you were telling me about last time” or “What’s been going on with work for you since the last time I saw you? “ Or, Fine’s favorite when you’re speaking to someone you don’t know well, “What keeps you busy outside of work?”

Finally, come to any social event equipped with short answers to questions you’ll probably be asked, like “How’s your year been?” or “How are the kids?”

==> Listen Intently
With so much focus on what to say, it can be easy to forget that talking is only half of a conversation. The other half, of course, is listening. “One thing most people enjoy is when other people pay attention to them,” says Smith. This includes listening closely to what others have to say, asking questions to get them to say more, and genuinely appreciating what was shared.

Alex Lickerman, M.D., physician and author of The Undefeated Mind, also believes that the value of being a good listener cannot be overstated. He says that shifting the attention away from yourself and toward others--genuinely caring about what they have to say--“will lead to an approach and tone that people will notice and warm to. And it will make you less fearful in engaging with others.”

The benefits of being a good listener do not end there. As Smith observes, one requirement for any great conversation is to have at least one good listener. “And if that’s you,” he says, “you will be the one in the group people like because you were largely responsible for ensuring that those speaking were having a good time.”

The best news about becoming a better listener? As Smith points out, “You don’t have to be a great talker to be a great conversationalist.”

As to who pays the bill, whomever invited the other person out customrily picks up the tab and offers transportation home (especially for our employees and ladies after 9PM, we prefer them not in the subways). Uber is a click away and reasonable rates.

Enjoy your dinners!

Cheers and a toast to you!


Love Life!


Mitchell D. Weiner
Chief Happiness Officer  

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"His lips drink water but his heart drinks wine” ― E.E. Cummings
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** Meta Wagner is the “Vox Pop” columnist for PopMatters, an online magazine of cultural criticism. Her articles and essays have appeared in Salon, The Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor. 
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