2014 started off with the Seattle Seahawks destroying the Denver Broncos (42-8) in Super Bowl XLVIII and Jay Leno ending his run on The Tonight Show. At IT360, we started the year by providing a Mondopad to grant a wish for a Make-A-Wish child. The recipient was a 7-year-old boy from Peoria battling Macrocephaly Capillary Malformation. He was able to communicate by signing, while using some words and sounds. The Mondopad helped him to expand the way he was able to interact and discover the world around him.
By spring, the I-74 and I-155 major Improvement Project through Morton was in full swing, creating quite a few travel detours and delays. By the end of the project in 2016, the interchanges, lanes and ramps were reconfigured in order to bring the roadways and ramps up to current design standards.
Along with all of the other great events happening along the Peoria Riverfront, we decided that once a month we would invite our clients, partners, and friends to join us for a casual evening overlooking the Illinois River. In June, our first “4th Thursday Afterhours” event was held and have been held ever since (during the warmer months). Our attendees have the chance to network and make new friends. Plus, each month we invite a nonprofit to share their story and mission with the group.
In early July, we dealt with flooding along the Illinois River yet again. While this particular incident did not impact our business, it did affect the 4th of July fireworks. It meant that most show goers had to watch the fireworks from Water Street, rather than along the river wall.
Once again, Don and I fried turkeys for our annual company Thanksgiving luncheon. The weather cooperated, but it was cold and we had a difficult time keeping the fryers at the proper temperature. Fortunately, no one got sick (that we know of).
In July 2015, I was selected and honored to serve as the President of the Rotary Club of Peoria-North. Each week I shared a horrible joke with the club until my term expired in June 2016. If you’re looking for a way to become involved in the community, drop me a line. I’d be happy to introduce you to our fun, yet hard-working club.
We chose what seemed to be the hottest day of the year to hold our first paintball outing as a team building exercise. We separated into several team variations throughout the day (including Techs versus Sales… which did not end well for the Sales Team) and did our best to unwind and just enjoy the comradery. We enjoyed it so much that we returned in 2016.
By the end of 2015, our staff had grown again and there were seventeen employees and their significant others at our Christmas party that year. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship and celebrated another great year at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in East Peoria.
As 2016 comes to a close, we once again offer you our sincerest gratitude for you trusting us to support your business. We hope that you enjoyed taking this journey with us as we looked back on our first ten years. We wish you the very best this Holiday season and hope that you are able to spend some time with your family and friends.