York Thought Leadership Blog

Meet York Solutions Employee- Brandi Will

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

At York, getting to know our employees is the best way to understand who we are. This week, we would like for you to get to know Brandi Will, Director of Marketing for York Solutions and Executive Director for Think IT.


Can you tell us a little bit about your role?

BrandiWillMy current role is a dual role as the Director of Marketing for York Solutions and the Executive Director for Think IT Association.  For York Solutions, I am always looking for ways to ensure
we are constantly providing value to our clients, consultants, and members of Think IT.  Additionally, I am charged with budgeting, staffing, and execution of all our Think IT programs and helping to expand what we’ve currently built in the Twin Cities to the Chicago and St. Louis markets.  I have worked for York Solutions since 2003, and I began working for Think IT
in early 2011.  It has been extremely rewarding to watch the groups blossom from starting with just 2 groups to our current 8.  

Where did you go to school at? 

I attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.  I received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.  Go Hawks!

What drew you to York Solutions? 

I was drawn to York Solutions right away by the friendly people, flexible work environment, and family-oriented culture.  No matter where you start here at York, if you work hard and continually show that you can add value to the organization, you will succeed.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since working here? 

I would say my biggest accomplishmentto date has been organizing and structuring Think IT to what it is today, including building a wonderful team of people that accomplishes great results
for both York and Think IT.

Why do you like coming to work every day?

Working at York is like being a mechanic and working on a car while you’re driving down the highway at 70 mph, and for some crazy reason that excites me!  I also truly enjoy the people I work with and I’m passionate about seeing what we’ve built turn into something special.  Another reason is our unique culture. We’re a work hard, play hard type of organization
where everyone understands the importance of driving results, but we make the entire process fun!

Who has influenced you the most, either professionally or personally?  

Many people have influenced me along the way, but most recently, Dr. Arnold Bacigalupo, our organizational development guru, has really helped me to navigate the path to leadership. 
Personally, I would have to say my family. Every day they motivate me to be a better mother, a better wife, and a better person in general.

How do you spend your time outside of the office? 

With my husband and two small children. We like to go for family walks, trips to the park, and will soon be getting into ballet and t-ball.


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Meet York Solutions Employee: Bryan Binstock

Posted by Danielle Toste on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

Knowing the people of our company is important in understanding us and our culture. So this week, we would like for you to get to know Bryan Binstock, Principal Consultant at York

Can you tell us a little bit about your role?

I initially started as a Principal Consultant with a client of York.  My responsibilities included Bryan Binstockworking with the current consultants by creating a ‘York’ culture within the client culture, as well as to expand the York presence within the client.  At the end of 2014, my
role changed to be more focused on expanding the York presence through adding
incremental value to new departments.  I am also the on-site Think IT contact for ALL resources, including employees and consultants from other firms.  With the help of Jim Spinner and Jim Hanselman, we have expanded both the York and Think IT presence within the company, and will continue to do so in the coming months and years!

Where did you go to school at?

DeVry Institute in Kansas City, MO – graduating with a BS is Computer Information Systems (CIS)

What drew you to York Solutions?

I was initially introduced to York Solutions through Think IT.  I had just relocated back to the Twin Cities, after spending the last 17 years working for American Express in Phoenix, AZ.  I started my career as a developer and then moved into more of a capability architect
capacity.  When I started looking for my next career move, I knew I really didn’t want to continue doing what I had been doing before.  I wanted to be in more of a customer facing role, more in line with sales or account management. 

When I came into the York/Think IT office, I met with a number of great people including Trevor Matthies and Andrew Knutson.  I told them what I had done in the past, but then I said ‘I want to do what you guys do…account management’.  From there, the conversations/interviews continued with senior management and resulted in us collectively defining my position of Principal Consultant. While going through this process, I was attracted to the energy and youthfulness at York, as well as the ‘non-corporate’, yet professional feel at the office!  I also liked the lack of bureaucracy and politics in making quick decisions, especially after coming from a very corporate environment.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since working here?

I would say expanding the York presence at our client through strengthening existing and establishing new relationships with key leaders across the organization.

Why do you like coming to work every day?

Every day is different!  Between the time I spend on site at the client and York, I thoroughly enjoy engaging with different people throughout the day!  The conversations with people regarding such a variety of topics changes every day!  The opportunity to truly help people
grow in their careers through York and Think IT is very empowering and rewarding.

Who has influenced you the most, either professionally or personally?

Professionally, I would say it has been most of the leaders I have worked with and for over the years!  Specifically, I would say my first manager at American Express, Fred Wadlow, was one of my biggest mentors, leading by example and challenging me to become a better leader.  Personally, I am inspired and influenced by my wife Bridget and 3 kids; Nathan, Melissa and
Matthew!  They have always been supportive, especially during times of transitions into new career choices over the years!

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

With my family!  Between travel basketball, club soccer and other activities, nights and weekends are kept very busy!  When I do have time, I enjoy golfing in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.  I also spend time helping at church, volunteering with numerous
charities, sitting on the BOD with 4p- Support Group, along with a number of things. I also love to travel, especially to warmer places in the winter now that I don’t live in Arizona anymore!

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York Consultant Profile: Jake Olson

Posted by Madeline Stone on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

We're proud of our awesome consultants--and we want to share them with you! We're compiling some profiles of York consultants to give you a snapshot of the dynamic folks behind York's success. Know someone who ought to be featured? Drop us a line and let us know! 

consultant profile jake resized 600Jake Olson is a recent addition to York, having started with us a few months ago. He's been a great addition to the team, and he gave us his thoughtful and insightful perspectives on his work, his background, and handling challenges every day. Read on to meet Jake:  


First—tell us about yourself! How long have you been in IT? Where and what did you study? Any certifications or advanced degrees? Any plans for some in the future?

I have been in IT for over two and a half years.  I attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and double majored in Accounting and Finance.  I received my Bachelors in Business Administration in May of 2010 from Eau Claire. 

After jumping around a few accounting jobs, I started my first SAP role in January of 2011.  I plan to get an MBA and possibly an auditing certification in the future.

What attracted you to IT in the first place? What keeps you interested?

Well, through some of my technology accounting courses during college, I realized the importance and advantage of having an IT background to go along with accounting knowledge.  However, I had this realization in my last year of school, and was unable to take additional IT classes. 

I will say that when I interviewed for and accepted my first IT position (SAP controls analyst), I was apprehensive as to how quickly and effectively I could learn the technical side of SAP.  After the first few tough months, I began to enjoy all of the day-to-day challenges, tests, and learning. 

I believe that the continued learning, need for effective problem solving skills, and variety of work are what keep me interested in IT today.

Biggest challenge of being an IT professional? How do you handle it?

My lack of a formal IT background.  I handle it by asking a lot of questions, and learning through trial and error.

The most rewarding part of being an IT professional?

The satisfaction you get when solving issues.  Also, knowing that what you build or create will possibly be used by hundreds thousands of people in a company!

Any tips or advice for folks who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Don't be afraid of going into IT if you don't have a degree or formal background in it.  Although it is not for everyone, if you enjoy problem solving, having different experiences every day, it is a very rewarding career.


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