Allied Health Building meeting

Monday afternoon the Billings Chamber Board and Big Sky Economic Development EDA/EDC Boards met in a joint session to hear from MSUB Foundation CEO, Bill Kennedy.  Kennedy gave an update on the fundraising efforts for the Yellowstone Science & Allied Health Building, as well as unveiled a new “laser focused” communications campaign to accelerate the fundraising and progress to a summer ground breaking.  The foundation needs to raise a little over 6 million to accomplish that goal.  Part of those funds may come from the Bonding Bill at the legislature for capital projects through the state.  All boards agreed to the importance of MSU Billings for the success of the community and as an economic driver, employer and workforce pipeline.


It is gratifying when state media recognizes the importance of high-tech companies to Montana and the revenue it brings to the state. The statewide coverage of this story highlights the importance of the work being done by the Montana High Tech Alliance in bringing more high-paying technology jobs to Montana.

http://www.kpax.com/story/34656819/high-tech-fastest-growing-industry-in-montana


Billings Technology Community turns out to meet Ken Fichtler.

Ken Fichtler, the new Chief Business Development Officer for the State of Montana, recently met with some of the Billings technology community at Angry Hanks to get a feel for technology opportunities and the direction for technology business development for Billings and the state. A lively discussion was held about technology and how Billings could be positioned as a tech leader.

Governor Bullock recently selected Fichtler as the Chief Business Development Officer which directs the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  Ken has spent his career in high-tech business management and marketing.  He is also an entrepreneur and business investor, having started several Montana companies, as well as co-founding the first and largest TEDx event in the state, TEDxBozeman.

Some of the tech folks who met with Ken at Angry Hanks:


“For the past three years, Montana’s high-tech companies have said in this survey that finding enough skilled technology talent is their number one barrier to growth. This report underscores the growing need for technology workers in Montana. But it also shows potential job candidates the strength of our tech industry and hopefully gives them more confidence to consider opportunities in Montana.”
Kathy Boelter, founder, Arrow Solutions Group, Billings

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Please join us for our 1st Quarter TecNet networking event on Thursday, March 30th at 5:00 PM sponsored by High Point Networks and Arrow Solutions Group.  Enjoy an evening with your fellow information technology professionals across Billings and the surrounding region with complimentary local food and beverages.  Register now so we can plan accordingly and feel free to invite all your technology friends and contacts to this community networking event.


The fourth quarter, December, 2016 TecNet was a well-attended, networking, smashing success. Dan Carter, Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil Billings Refinery, hosted. Dan also provided all the delightful refreshments and with some help from Kathy Boelter, President Arrow Solutions Group, Dan drew winning names for ExxonMobil gift cards and small drones. The lucky Drone winners were John Putz, Analysis at St. Vincent Healthcare and Bob Griffin, Attorney at Crowley Fleck.

tecnet drone giveaway

TecNets are always a networking madhouse, with long time attendees and lots of first timers. Below, ASG’s Kathy Boelter, Thad Swan, Network Engineer at Billings Clinic and Jared Otremba, Voice Engineer at High Point Networks, share a few laughs.

tecnet networking

In addition to all the other invaluable information flying around during the December, 2016 TecNet, Dan Carter shared some information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) in BillingsSTEM Billings provides students in Billings and the surrounding area with the opportunity to engage in STEM activities.

tecnet meeting

As always, we want to thank our gracious host, Dan Carter, and all attendees. Be sure to look for upcoming TecNets in 2017. It’s where all the cool techies (yes, that’s a thing) will be hanging out in the coming year!


Arrow Solutions Group recruiter, Karalie Kanneh is the proud recipient of an AIRS Certification. What does that mean for Karalie, ASG, and our clients? It means that Karalie joins a prestigious group of her colleagues who, through this certification, have learned cutting-edge internet and diversity sourcing skills that enable faster and more efficient searches for talented candidates and recruits on the web.

The AIRS (Alliance Information and Referral Systems) mission is to improve the quality of information and referral service received by the public, recognize the professional of individual I&R practitioners, and provide an enhanced quality assurance measurement to organizations that provide I&R. Simply put, through this certification, Karalie has further aligned herself with best recruiting practices. Congratulations, Karalie! We’re proud of you!


Arrow Solutions Group and Kathy Boelter are proud to be this week’s Big Sky Economic Development Take 3 Spotlight recipient…

“This week’s [Big Sky Economic Development Take 3] spotlight belongs to Arrow Solutions Group. Arrow Solutions Group is a Technology Staffing and Recruiting company serving the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain States, and Northern Plains. Our goal is to connect companies with the best talent available. Arrow Solutions Group specializes in going beyond job descriptions and resumes because we believe that creating solid relationships in the professional realm begins with people, not paper. President, Kathy Boelter sits on the EDC board and was recently featured in Yellowstone Valley Woman Magazine.”

Click here to read about Kathy Boelter in the latest issue of Yellowstone Valley Woman Magazine.


 

Kathy Boelter, Arrow Solutions Group President, visited with Yellowstone Valley Woman to discuss the motivation behind ASG, and what it’s like to be president of the company, the mother of a 3-year-old and to work with your spouse.

“Kathy left the intensity of New Jersey and the east coast a little over 10 years ago in search of a work/life balance. She arrived in Billings and began working with a local computer technology company. As she acclimated to the pace and culture of Montana, she began to see many local companies were using national recruiters to fill their technical staffing needs. While they were finding success at bringing in potential candidates, the challenge was helping those new hires put down roots and want to stay in the area.”

In the early days of AGS, Kathy, “opened Arrow Solutions Group, an Information Technology (IT) staffing and recruiting company on January 1, 2009. At the time, it was a solo operation. She met with clients, negotiated the contracts, processed the billing and did everything else that was required to make the business successful.  All profit went directly back into the business.”

The article goes on to reveal that Kathy brought in a professional strategist a couple years into the business, and together they crafted a job description for a Vice President of Operations. “Kathy realized that the skill set the company needed could be found close to home, specifically in her then boyfriend, now husband, Jim Boelter. Jim came on board as Vice President of Operations in July of 2014. He brought not only strong strategic skills to Arrow, he also brought incredible technical skills, having worked in the tele-communications industry for years.  His ability to screen technologists puts them at the advantage when placing employees. Even though Arrow Solutions Group lost 40% of their employees in the process of streamlining their business, within the first 18 months of Jim’s employment they grew their business by 60% and it continues to grow.”

Kathy describes the challenges of working with your spouse, coupled with a commitment to make the situation successful. “This couple is determined to make it work.  Their desire is that their three-year-old, Gwendolyn, will grow up in a relationally healthy home, with a front row seat to both a successful marriage and a successful business.”

Read the entire Yellowstone Valley Women article here.


exxon logoPlease join us for our 4th Quarter TecNet networking event on Thursday, December 8th at 5:00 PM sponsored by ExxonMobil and Arrow Solutions Group.  Enjoy an evening with your fellow information technology professionals across Billings and the surrounding region with complimentary local food and beverages.  Register now so we can plan accordingly and feel free to invite all your technology friends and contacts to this community networking event.