NEOSA: So, Patrick, share a little bit of your background with us.
Patrick Antos: Prior to joining NEOSA, I had three plus years of technology staffing and education experience working with ITT Technical Institute and three plus years of account management/consulting experience working in the IT world with OEConnection. I also have a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and I’m looking forward to learning more about our members and partnering with them to help continue to grow their businesses.
NEOSA: And what gets you excited about helping our members with talent issues?
Patrick Antos: I think the thing that excites me most is the idea of being able to work with each member to understand where they’re coming from and where their business is going. Work with them to help them understand how to attract talent that is in Cleveland and retain it for the growth of their company. It’s important to keep our talent in Cleveland and let folks know that Cleveland is where it’s at for the best IT companies in the nation.
NEOSA: Where do you plan to focus your early efforts?
Patrick Antos: Early on, I plan to get to know the members through phone and face-to-face communication as well as NEOSA events. In doing so, I can gain the knowledge I need to support our members talent needs. Furthermore, I’m planning to build on the success of the NEOSA CoolTech Challenge; I’m excited about the opportunity to grow that program, get more HS students engaged and give out even more scholarship money.
Medium term, I’ll look to take leverage NEOSA Tech Week 2015 and talent programs available to us through NEOSA’s affiliation with TecNA http://www.technologycouncils.org to help recruiting efforts for our members. And I’ll also step up our efforts with local colleges to bring continuing education and/or training programs out to our members.
NEOSA: What’s one, quick piece of advice you can offer around recruiting tech talent?
Patrick Antos: Employee satisfaction will bring one the most productivity. It’s one thing to stand apart from the crowd with cloud services, awesome apps, beautiful web designs or amazing software, but studies show that when a company pays the employee well and offers them the autonomy to be creative and lead themselves, that the return on investment is substantial. Companies retain talent better; staff will be much happier and will go above and beyond to give the company and its customers the best product and service possible.
NEOSA: Okay, here’s your random, business-unrelated question – the Browns are 1-2, what’s your prediction for wins/losses at the end of the season?
Patrick Antos: This is a huge one! As a loyal season ticket holder, I should say the Super Bowl here we come! They’ve shown some signs of real talent, so I’m going to say 8-8; they seem to be a “win one and lose one” team so far with their youth.
We’re really excited to have Patrick on board and we’re looking forward to ramping up our services to help our members with their talent needs.