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Speros Expands Web Design and Technology Support with New Hires

Speros Expands Web Design and Technology Support with New Hires

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces three new employees have joined the firm: Mary Elizabeth Sancomb, web and graphics designer; Dean Baynon, IT technician; and Michael Redmond, technology technician.

“Each of these new team members has a unique skill set to serve the increasing needs of our clients, and they will help us continue to provide the prompt personal attention customers expect from us,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer of Speros. “We are excited to welcome them to the Speros team.”

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Mary Elizabeth Sancomb

Sancomb, as a web and graphics designer, will be responsible for overseeing social media accounts, designing logos and websites and developing the firm’s marketing projects. The Savannah native is a 2017 graduate of the University of Georgia.

“I am excited to develop my design skills and help our clients find their personal brand and voice while developing their websites,” Sancomb said. “I’m also looking forward to helping Speros better connect with our customers on social media as well as developing new skills working with the knowledgeable staff at Speros.”

Dean Baynon, Speros

Dean Baynon

Baynon, as Speros’ newest IT technician, will be responsible for managing backups and anti-virus software and will help clients with equipment installations. He grew up in Statesboro and graduated from Ogeechee Tech in 2018 with an associate’s degree in IT. He also has completed an internship at Digital Office Equipment in Statesboro.

“I am pleased to work at Sperosbecause the company has an efficient, yet relaxed atmosphere,” Banyon said. “My coworkers are very friendly and helpful to everyone, both customers, and other employees. When I came on board, no one hesitated to answer any questions I had. Everyone here truly loves what they do.”

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Michael Redmond

Redmond, a technology technician, will be responsible for the installation of cabling, structured wiring and all hardware required for various services. The Savannah native graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has 15 years of experience as a low-voltage technician and high-voltage electrician.

“I am happy to be part of such an experienced team. I hope to contribute by bringing my various experiences in the low-voltage field,” Redmond said.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912-856-9075
www.carriagetradepr.com

Speros Named Official Partner with Wilson Electronics

Speros, a Full-Service Technology Company Headquartered in Savannah, Announces Partnership with Largest Cellular Booster Provider

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, has been named as the area’s only certified Wilson Electronics installer for wireless signal boosters. Wilson Electronics, a leader in the cellular signal booster market, is the longest-running manufacturer of wireless signal boosters in the country.

As Wilson certified installers, SperosIT technicians have received extensive training on technical installation and best practices. They also have been well versed in the many services and products available from Wilson Electronics for the home, automobile and office. Each booster is designed to improve cellular coverage by amplifying signals and providing uninterrupted service.

“We are proud to partner with Wilson Electronics and know that our customers will appreciate the difference in wireless coverage,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer of Speros. “With Wilson booster products, communication concerns at home or at work will be a thing of the past.”

Speros, Speros Technology, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, Savannah Public Relations

Wilson Electronics is the largest provider of cellular booster kits and amplifiers on the market. Its boosters are compatible with all major carriers in the USA and Canada, covering commercial buildings, homes, RVs, boats and more.
For more information, visit http://www.speros.com/.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Heather Radtke
Vice President
Speros
hradtke@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Savannah Area Republican Women Announces their Second Annual Lunch and Learn Event, Ladies, Guns & Ammo

Savannah Area Republican Women Announces their Second Annual Lunch and Learn Event, Ladies, Guns & Ammo
Keynote Speaker will be Rachel Campos-Duffy from FOX News

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Republican Women will hold the second annual Ladies, Guns and Ammo event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Savannah Golf Club, located at 1661 E. President St. The event is intended to instruct women on the laws associated with handguns and proper safety protocols.

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Rachel Campos-Duffy will be the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon. Campos-Duffy, the wife of Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, is a FOX News and FOX Business Contributor and a recurring guest host on hit shows, FOX & Friends and Outnumbered. She is a published author, communications consultant and television personality. Her presentation will focus on political analysis and culture.

There will also be two instructional classes available for participants. Sheriff John Wilcher has partnered with the Savannah Area Republican Women to provide instruction on gun rules/regulations, safety classes and shooting range practice at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Training Facility. Classes are limited to 60 participants. Guests are free to bring their own handgun or one will be provided.

“This event gives our community an incredible and unique opportunity to learn about handgun safety and firearm regulations while bringing attention to the Constitution’s First Amendment which provides freedom of speech as well as freedom to worship, freedom of the press, the right of the people to peaceably assemble and the 2nd Amendment which gives the right of free people to keep and bear arms,” said Marolyn Overton, president of Savannah Area Republican Women. “We can’t thank Sheriff John Wilcher enough for volunteering his time to teach these critical lessons. We are also ecstatic to welcome Rachel to this year’s event as our guest speaker. Her experience and talent offer so much to our audience.”

Tickets for the safety classes, shooting range practice and luncheon are $95; for the luncheon only, tickets are $45. The lunch is open to both men and women but is limited to 150 guests.

Savannah Area Republican Women will hold a raffle for multiple handguns and other items during the event. Winners do not need to be present to claim their prize. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. There are also t-shirts available for $20.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the second annual Ladies, Guns & Ammo are asked to contact Savannah Area Republican Women’s president, Marolyn Overton, at (912) 598-7358.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Savannah Area Republican Women’s efforts to promote Constitutional Government, emphasizing the 1st and 2nd amendments, Republican candidates, as well as, the philanthropic efforts of the Savannah Area Republican Women.

For more information, tickets and reservations, visit http://sarw.org/event

ABOUT SAVANNAH AREA REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Founded in 1961, Savannah Area Republican Women (SARW) has stressed that it is not a social club but a serious working organization concerned with issues, recruiting good candidates and getting them elected. The organization meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. Reservations for the luncheon meeting should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the luncheon. For more information, contact SARW’s president, Marolyn Overton, at (912) 598-7358. To RSVP for a luncheon meeting, contact Rebecca Rhinehart at (912) 398-0111 or visit SARW.org/reservations

Savannah’s Oelschig Nursery Installs Advanced Technology

Savannah’s Oelschig Nursery Installs Advanced Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Southeast’s oldest floral and landscape nursery has gone high tech. Founded in 1882, Savannah’s family-owned and -operated Oelschig Nursery, Inc., was recently outfitted for the 21st century by Speros, a full-service technology company in Savannah. The upgrade allows the business to maintain better client data as well as track and control inventory.

Oelschig's Nursery

Fourth generation CEO Kurt Oelschig realized that the business needed a fully integrated system to better serve customers and track inventory. “We went to Sperosbecause we needed new computers but they also provided new point-of-sale computers and a new server computer that archives client data as well as hosts email and bookkeeping software,” said Oelschig. “We added a high definition surveillance camera system to monitor inventory, provide security and ensure safety.”

The surveillance system ensures and monitors the safety of employees, inventory, trucks and other equipment on the grounds. The computer upgrade assures faster and more accurate vendor orders along with a speedier checkout process; the enhanced customer record technology also offers a history of past purchases plus recommendations for automatic reorders.

As a wholesale-only horticulture business, Oelschig Nurseryhas served the floriculture needs of the coastal Southeast for over a century. Specializing in bedding plants for seasonal color and holiday crops for Easter and Christmas including Poinsettias, lilies, and Dutch bulbs, Oelschigsalso has a family and employee honored tradition of supporting non-profit organizations in the Savannah, coastal Georgia, and South Carolina communities it serves.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit www.speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

How to Make Your Website GDPR Compliant by Lauren Dingus of Speros

How to Make Your Website GDPR Compliant
By Lauren Dingus, Director of Web and Social Media Department

Lauren Dingus of Speros

Lauren Dingus of Speros

 

With data security becoming more and more of a concern, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) being implemented in the European Union is sure to become the precedent for other countries, like the United States.

Your company can use GDPR as an advantage by becoming compliant with these regulations as soon as possible. By adopting these regulations, you will show your customers that you value their privacy and security. In turn, your customers will trust you. Here are a few quick ways you can get ahead of the competition.

Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions
You want to make sure you have an updated privacy policy. Your privacy policy needs to clearly lay out how you are acquiring data from users, where the data is being stored, how long you intend to keep the data, how users can view the information you’ve stored, and how the user can have the data removed from your systems. Along with your privacy policy, your website should also include its terms and conditions for users on the site. This should briefly outline how users are allowed to interact with your site.

Easy Opt-in and Opt-out
Your website visitors need to be able to opt-out just as easily as the opted in. Normally you have your users subscribe their email as your opt-in option. Opting out should be just as simple. For example, if you are sending your users email marketing, have a link at the bottom where they can choose to opt-out. You can include this link in your privacy policy as well.

SSL Certificate
A Single Socket Layer, or SSL certificate, is a small file that you put into your website. It makes all your content secure between servers, can help your Google search engine optimization (SEO), and help build trust with your customers. The SSL certificate provides the “padlock” symbol that you often see in web browsers and the “https://” in front of your domain name. When your customers see this, they know that your website is secure.

IP Tracking
If your website uses IP tracking that provides you with identifiable details about your visitors, then you need to make it known in your privacy policy. This data is different than what is collected with Google Analytics and is considered personal data.

RE-Marketing
Re-marketing is when a website uses cookies to track your online activity and serve you ads based on your online activity. For example, if you’re on a website that sells a product and then you later log onto Facebook and see an ad from that site, it used cookies to track your information. You must make website visitors aware of this in your privacy policy.

Cookies
Advertising the use of and the acceptance of using cookies is law. It needs to be clear immediately on the website for the user to be able to accept or deny the use of cookies. In addition, it needs to be outlined in your privacy policy that you use cookies and what you use them for.

Social media advertising
If you plan on using email addresses for social media marketing lists you must make users aware. They have to willingly opt into the social media marketing and you must provide them with an easy method to opt-out.

Website forms
Input forms on your website cannot have prefilled form fields. This is considered implied consent. Your forms must be clear and allow your website visitors to give explicit consent for each type of processing. The user must give their consent freely for everything they are opting into.

Online payments
If your website uses a payment gateway like PayPal, your own website may be collecting personal data from the transactions made. You must make sure your website has an SSL certificate to ensure your users it is safe. You need to make it clear in your privacy policy that what information is being collected. If the information is being stored, then you need to make it clear how long the information will be stored, and if the user wants the information removed you must do so.

Data breaches
Lastly, you must notify users of any data breach that takes place within 72 hours. Furthermore, if the breach puts users’ freedoms and rights at risk, then the Information Commissioners Office website must also be notified.

Ultimately you want to get ahead of the competition and comply with the regulations of GDPR as it will quickly become the standard. By doing so you will build trust with your customers and build your company’s reputation as a trusted source.

Lauren Dingusis the Director of Web and Social Media Department at Speros, responsible for the website development division including high-end graphic design, integrated functionality and security components. For information, contact Dingus at ldingus@speros.comor 912.790.5117.

Speros Adds Employees to Expand Customer Support

Speros Adds Employees to Expand Customer Support

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, announces three new employees have joined the firm: Wes Christain, IT technician; Mallory Teeple, carrier management specialist; and Jordan A. Winters, sales administrator.

“We are pleased to be able to bring on these new team members to serve the increasing needs of our clients and facilitate the growth of the Speros organization,” said Susan Speros, chief executive officer. “Each has the training and experience to seamlessly integrate with the Speros team and offer the prompt personal attention customers expect from us.”

As an IT (information technology) technician, Christain will be responsible for providing remote and on-site IT support, as well as for installation and configuration of network equipment and servers.

The Guyton, Ga., native previously served as IT manager at WSAV-TV and earned a bachelor of business administration in information systems at Georgia Southern University, an associate’s degree as a network specialist at Ogeechee Technical College and Microsoft Certified Professional and Network+ certification from Ogeechee Technical College. He is married with two children.

“This company is growing quickly, and I’m happy that I can be a part of this dedicated team of professionals at such an exciting time,” Christain said. “I will continue to use my previous experiences in IT to assist our customers in a friendly and professional manner. At the same time, I look forward to learning new skills from our knowledgeable staff at Speros.”

As carrier management specialist, Teeple will be responsible for negotiating, ordering and implementing carrier services as well as auditing existing services and carrier invoices. The Savannah native previously served as project manager for Asset Black and owned and operated a sign sales and manufacturing business in Florida for more than 20 years. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Savannah Country Day School.

“I am happy to become a part of such a well-known Savannah company with an excellent reputation,” Teeple said. “I hope to foster working relationships with carriers to be apprised of new products and technology in order to match the best products and prices with our clients’ needs.”

As sales administrator, Winters will be responsible for assisting the Speros Sales team with project management and customer service. The Richmond Hill, Ga., native previously served as general manager for Cowabunga, Inc., and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Armstrong State University. She is married with two children and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.

“I am thrilled to be in the ever-changing technology field!” Winters said. “This industry is going to continue to grow and develop. I plan to bring my management, customer service and sales skill sets to help Speros thrive in this competitive business.”

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Jason Ryals of Speros in Savannah Receives Microsoft Windows Server Certification

Jason Ryals of Speros in Savannah Receives Microsoft Windows Server Certification

(SAVANNAH, GA) Jason Ryals, chief technology officer of Speros, a full-service technology company based in Savannah, has completed a MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification program.

The certification confirms Ryals has the skills and knowledge to implement a core Windows Server infrastructure in a new or existing enterprise environment.

Microsoft is the number one operating system and computer hardware system for businesses across the globe. Companies that use IT (information technology) personnel who have earned Microsoft certifications can be assured they are competent to do the work needed and also committed to the IT industry. Students are required to undergo a rigorous skills overview process and pass three exams to earn the certification.

“In the current IT market, there is a huge demand for Windows Server,” said Ryals. “Because I now have this technology certification in Windows Server skills, it is a greater assurance to our clients that Speros is equipped with the resources to help them reduce their IT costs and deliver more business value to their organizations.”

The certification has also better equipped Ryals to oversee the daily efforts of the 10 engineers of Speros’ IT team as he helps train, coach and mentor them. He is also certified in VMware Certified Professional DataCenter Virtualization, Linux Plus, Sonicwall certified Security Administrator, ADTRAN Technical Solutions Professional (ATSP). Ryals’ career in IT spans more than 15 years.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Jason Ryals
Chief Technology Officer
Speros
jryals@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Hinesville Housing Authority Launches New Website Created by Speros

Hinesville Housing Authority Launches New Website Created by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Hinesville Housing Authority in Hinesville, Ga., is pleased to announce a rebranding of the agency and its non-profit entities as well as the launch of its new website, http://hinesvillehousingauthority.org.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the site has been refreshed with new and innovative features to offer better connectivity and service to the community.

“Since the world is connected by social media, it was logical to launch a new website and accompany it with other social media resources to stay connected to our residents, the community and potential business partners,” said Melanie Thompson, CEO of the housing authority.

“The updated website will assist the authority in accomplishing its mission and vision of being the housing solution provider within Liberty County by continually providing updated information of the wonderful work that we are doing and the extensive housing development opportunities that will create more sustainable communities,” Thompson said.

The site has been equipped with increased security protocols to protect vital account information and provides more easily accessible information to the operations of the housing authority and its governing board, she said.

“I see this as an important tool in empowering our residents and being able to keep them informed,” said Joe Ford, chairman of the authority’s board of commissioners. “We want the local community to explore our website and be informed about the great asset that the housing authority is and the vital role we play, not just in the lives of our residents but in the community as a whole.”

The upgrade was coordinated by regional director, Chip Adams, of the company’s Hinesville office, which was opened in 2015 to provide technology solutions for businesses in Liberty County and surrounding areas. The Hinesville office is located at 933 Elma G Miles Pkwy, Suite 104, and offers a full range of Speros services, including telephone systems, information technology, surveillance systems, web design, branding solutions and cloud computing. Adams worked alongside web and graphics designer, Lauren Dingus, who developed the new site and facilitated the transition process.

Speros was accommodating and respectful of our budget and timeline,” said Krystal Hart, the housing authority’s public relations and marketing consultant. “If we were in need of assistance with photography, design work or third-party tools, they stepped up and offered those services as well. There were times we had to pause the project because we didn’t have the necessary information, but Lauren was patient and guided us through everything.”

Since its creation in 1959, the Hinesville Housing Authority has been striving to improve the quality of life for those in the community by ensuring that everyone regardless of race, age, background or socioeconomic status has place to call home. Its mission is to be a creator of viable housing solutions and to aggressively evolve into a premier provider of housing options in Liberty County.

The Hinesville Housing Authority is located at 100 Regency Place in Hinesville, GA 31313. For more information, call (912) 368-3466 or visit online at http://hinesvillehousingauthority.org/

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer
Speros
912-790-5117
ldingus@speros.com

Chip Adams
Regional Director, Hinesville
Speros
912-368-8900
cadams@speros.com

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Camens Architectural Group Launches Redesigned Website Created by Speros

Camens Architectural Group Launches Redesigned Website Created by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) Camens Architectural Group is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website camensarchitecturalgroup.com.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the visually striking site provides clients with a fully interactive and inspiring experience during the home design and build process.

“We’ve built a portal into the website so Camens can easily share information like project plans, renderings and progress photos with their clients,” said Lauren Dingus, web and graphics designer for Speros. “When a client logs into the website, they will have exclusive access to the documents and images related to their new home.”

The firm’s updated website also features an extensive portfolio with a wide range of residential projects across the U.S. and Europe.

“I wanted clients to be able to touch the photo of any home in our portfolio and watch it come to life,” said Marc Camens, the firm’s principal. “The Speros team was intuitive, listening as we described our goals for a website that would do what this new site now delivers.”

Established in 1982 and located on John’s Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Camens Architectural Group specializes in luxury custom residential home design, including construction administration, interior design and renovations as well as light commercial architectural design.

Marc Camens began his architectural career in the commercial industry where he learned how to listen and interpret the wants and needs of his clients. He moved his 18-year-old architectural practice from the Adirondacks to South Carolina in 1998. Camens’ work has been recognized by the New York Times, Charleston Living Magazine and Charleston Style & Design.

For more information, visit camensarchitecturalgroup.com

Camens Architectural Group Website Designed by Speros

Camens Architectural Group Website

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer
Speros
ldingus@speros.com
912.790.5117

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Savannah Christian Prep School Upgrades Technology to Offer One-On-One Campus

Savannah Christian Prep School Upgrades Technology to Offer One-On-One Campus

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, has installed new campus-wide WiFi capabilities at the Savannah Christian Preparatory School to provide greater technology opportunities for students and enable the school to move closer to its goal of offering a “one-to-one” campus for students.

The upgrade coincided with multiple building and infrastructure improvements at Savannah Christian’s main campus on Chatham Parkway in conjunction with the school’s decision to close satellite campuses and consolidate all grades in one location.

Over the years, the school had installed a mix of different types of WiFi access points across the campus, none of which were centrally managed and did not support adequate demand for teacher, student and guest access. The new system unites the wireless infrastructure and provides ample room for students to use school-provided devices in classrooms and labs and to bring their own devices.

Heather Radtke and the Speros team provided a solution that has helped re-position Savannah Christian as a more technologically focused school,” said Rick Tindol, the school’s director of technology. “We use technology to teach traditional classes as well as courses that focus on technology, such as our CAD curriculum. It also allows us to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet.”

All students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, use a mix of iPads, PCs and Chromebooks, but middle and upper school students may also bring their own devices to access the new student network. Tindol said about 650 devices access the system daily. Those include personal devices used by teachers and students, teachers’ desktop computers and 200 Chromebooks and 100 iPads provided by the school.

“Our goal is to make Savannah Christian a one-to-one campus, meaning every student will have their own device,” Tindol said. “We’re not there yet, as some classrooms have desktops that students share, but this new system allows us to get there.”

The upgrade also allows Tindol and his team to better manage and oversee student internet access, as the new equipment offers separate networks for students, teachers and guests and provides a greater layer of security in protecting school records and student privacy.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Speros, having used their phone systems for at least 20 years,” Tindol said. “We’ve come to rely on them for technological support as well as to provide the solutions we seek in offering 21st-century learning skills to our students.”

Savannah Christian Preparatory School is an independent, non-denominational PK-12 college prep Christian school, founded in 1951 by the Rev. George and Mrs. Harold Deane Akins. Savannah Christian has nearly 1,300 students on campus, nearly 900 family households and more than 200 employees.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Heather Radtke
Vice President
Speros
hradtke@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Speros Continues to Expand Operations, Promotes Rik LaSpisa to Director of Sales

Speros Continues to Expand Operations, Promotes Rik LaSpisa to Director of Sales

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, has expanded its operations and promoted Rik LaSpisa from Account Executive to Director of Sales.

Speros, Rik LaSpisa

Rik LaSpisa, Speros

The Buffalo, N.Y., native, who has served as Speros’ Account Executive since 2016, is a graduate of Houghton College with a B.S. in business management. He brings more than fourteen years of experience of solutions selling in integrated technical systems design and integration in southeast Georgia to the newly created position of Director of Sales.

LaSpisa’s experience includes managing complex sales for businesses, public and private schools, higher education, houses of worship and local and Federal government.

“We created the Director of Sales position to better respond to the dynamic growth our company is experiencing, along with our expanding customer base,” said Susan Speros, president and CEO of Speros. “As a strategic leader with excellent time management skills and a proven track record of successes in a driving growth and territory expansion, Rik was the perfect choice for this new role.”

LaSpisa has a record of driving growth and territory expansion and is highly experienced in account management, lead generation, sales and client acquisition.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Rik LaSpisa
Director of Sales
Speros
912-354-8900
rlaspisa@speros.com

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
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Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

Ladies Guns and Ammo Event to Feature Safety and Training Classes, Target Practice and Special Presentation from Katie Pavlich on Oct. 21

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Republican Women’s Club, in collaboration with Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher, will hold the inaugural Ladies, Guns and Ammo event in the Lunch and Learn series on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Savannah Golf Club, 1661 E. President St.

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns & Ammo

Ladies Guns and Ammo will be an educational event intended to instruct women on laws associated with handguns, as well as proper safety protocols. The event will feature gun law and safety classes, target practice and a luncheon. Classes are limited to 60 participants, and handguns will be provided.

Katie Pavlich will be the featured keynote speaker for the luncheon, and will also be joining the safety classes and target practice groups. The lunch is open to both men and women but is limited to 200 guests.

Pavlich is known for her work with Fox News’ program ‘The Five’ and online news magazines Townhall.com and The Hill. She has also authored two books, “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up” and “Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.”

“This event will give us all an opportunity to be taught and shown proper ways to safely use a firearm by Sheriff Wilcher at the Chatham County Sheriff’s shooting range,” said Marolyn Overton, president of SARW. “We can’t thank him enough for taking the time to do this training. We are also very blessed to have Katie join us at both the firing range and at the luncheon. Aside from her journalistic background, she is recognized and respected for her self-defense and advocacy for the Second Amendment.”

SARW will raffle three handguns during the event, including an LCP Rugger in robin egg blue, valued at $289, and a black leather concealed-carry purse with a value of $226. Both items were donated by The Gun Shop Inc. Ortiz Custom Guns also donated to the event and will raffle off two Kahr CW380 pistols, each valued at $275.

Tickets for the classes, target practice and luncheon are $85; for the luncheon only, tickets are $45. Raffle tickets are $25 apiece or five for $100; t-shirts are available for $17. SARW also is seeking sponsors for the event.

SARW’s goal is to raise $15,000 from the event. Proceeds will benefit the Savannah Area Republican Women’s efforts to support Constitutional candidates and to offer scholarships to girls who are graduating from high school. Last year, SARW presented three $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, visit http://sarw.org/product-category/ladies-guns-and-ammo/

ABOUT SAVANNAH AREA REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Founded in 1961, Savannah Area Republican Women (SARW) has stressed that it is not a social club but a serious working organization concerned with issues, recruiting good candidates and getting them elected. The organization meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Carey Hilliard’s Banquet Room, 11111 Abercorn St. Reservations for the luncheon meeting should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the luncheon. For more information, contact SARW’s president, Marolyn Overton, at (912) 598-7358. To RSVP for a luncheon meeting, contact Rebecca Rhinehart at (912) 398-0111 or visit SARW.org/reservations

Savannah Area REALTORS® Remodels Training Facility with New Technology

Savannah Area REALTORS® Remodels Training Facility with New Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area REALTORS® is pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive technology upgrade to its corporate training and meeting facilities, located at 7015 Hodgson Memorial Drive.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the upgrade has brought up-to-date technology and ease of functionality to the institute’s wide range of in-house and distance learning courses. The improvements include new infrastructure including HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) video and a comprehensive wireless gateway, along with intuitive, advanced hardware ranging from projectors to monitors, touch panel controls, and an advanced presentation system.

“This was a comprehensive project that gave SAR the technology backbone it needed to conduct training and business in a smarter, more productive way,” said Rik LaSpisa, account executive for Speros. “One of the most impressive upgrades is an advanced touch controlled presentation system with integrated video that allows individuals to interactively tour a listed home, and which also provides video teleconferencing capabilities.”

The advanced presentation system is ideal for the software that allows users to interactively explore properties, and the integral HD camera and microphone make the presentation system a complete video teleconferencing tool.

“The touch interactivity of the presentation system brings a sense of virtual realization that a standard computer monitor can’t provide,” said Patrick Kelley, who serves as director of the Savannah Multi-List Corporation, a division of the Savannah Area REALTORS®. “We can also add annotations over maps and drawings as well as save satellite pictures and email them right from the video monitor.”

In another classroom, Speros installed a new wall-mounted touch-screen system controller that simultaneously deploys a large video screen and video projector as well as four large video monitors for those seated in the back of the room. The simple, effective control system and wireless gateway allow instructors to bring any device to teach the class.

“In the past, our staff was continuously called upon to operate the audiovisual equipment for a class,” Kelley said. “Now, students can clearly see and hear the presentation and the instructors can easily display their content regardless of the type of computer or phone they bring to class.”

The upgrade also includes updates to a board conference meeting space, along with new Wi-Fi access points that are secure and have separate corporate and guest Wi-Fi portals that retain high and consistent strengths, regardless of the number of students attending classes or number of devices used across the institute’s classrooms and conference rooms.

Patrick Kelley at Savannah Board of Realtors Showing New Technology upgrades by Speros

Patrick Kelley at Savannah Board of Realtors Showing New Technology upgrades by Speros

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH AREA REALTORS
The Savannah Area REALTORS® (SAR) is the trade association for REALTORS® in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties, representing approximately 1,700 members. The organization is committed to serving as a valuable resource to its members and the public. Its mission is to educate and promote the highest professional and ethical standards and to address the changing needs of members while protecting private property rights.

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
kfletchers@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

Speros Presents Lunch and Learn Presentation on New Business Video Conferencing Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) Speros, a Savannah-based technology services company, announces an Interactive Presentation System Lunch and Learn event to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 at Vic’s on the River, located at 26 E Bay St, Savannah, Ga.

“Interactive display systems harness the power of your desktop computer to enhance presentations, video-conferences, training sessions and teaching activities,” said Susan Speros, CEO of Speros. “During our presentation, we will show how this technology can be used as business tools. This presentation system eliminates the old fashion white board, projector and outdated video conferencing units.”

Lunch is provided, but RSVPs are required. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call (912) 354-8900, or visit speros.com/events.

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
kfletchers@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

How to Make Your Website Successful

How to Make Your Website Successful
By Lauren Dingus

Lauren Dingus

Lauren Dingus, Speros

Whenever I talk to someone about his or her business website, the conversation inevitably goes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Business owners receive countless emails from individuals claiming they cannot find their websites. What follows is usually a list of services, including a guarantee for first page Google rankings. This sets up an unrealistic expectation of how internet search and SEO works.

Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry solution to getting on the first page of Google, let alone achieving the coveted number one spot. Google determines what websites to serve first in a search based on algorithms that take into account a number of factors, including relevance, domain authority, and content quality. In order to make your website successful, you need to create and maintain a presence that your customers find valuable.

Quality Content above All Else

Do not phone it in when it comes to your website. Treating it as an afterthought or looking for the cheapest option available is going to cost you customers. Having a minimal web presence with your name and contact information, and a few keywords sprinkled into a brief list of services is not going to encourage anyone to do business with you. In order for Google to consider your website relevant, and in turn your customers, your website needs to serve as a source of information.

• Write Informative Articles

Customers nowadays are well informed and they are going to do their research before they invest in any product or service. Instead of coming to your business, or calling you, customers are putting their questions into their web browser. You know your customers best. Think of the most common questions your customers ask, or the services they are primarily looking for. Use those questions as topics for articles, or post step-by-step tutorials on how to use your different products or services. According to HubSpot, businesses that update their blog with new content 16 or more times per month get almost 3.5x more traffic than those who post 0–4 times per month. Build up a database of valuable information, and you will see an increase in quality traffic on your website.

• Outline the Benefits

Customers want to know one thing: what is in it for them. If your customers are not able to see themselves using your products or services on the first page, they are not going to click through the rest of your website. Too often business owners want to talk about their company history, experience, or awards they have won. Save that information for an interior page, and let your customers find it when they are ready. Engage your customers by marketing how your product or service can enhance their lives, as well as what they can expect when they choose to do business with you.

Optimize for Local Search

Your business would need to have significant brand awareness (think Target or Best Buy) to rank above every website on the internet for general search terms. Search engines take into account your physical location when they serve you search results, so it is common for a search phrase to include “near me.” Google has stated that 28% of searches for something nearby have resulted in a purchase. Make sure your city is in the page title, you have a local number prominently displayed, and that your address is in the footer of every page so Google knows where your business is located. Claiming and filling out your Google My Business listing will help as well.

Encourage Customers to Review You Online

Online reviews are the modern day word of mouth. Your customers will be reading those reviews, and using other people’s experiences, and your responses, to decide if they are going to do business with you. The only problem is people are more apt to leave a review if they had a negative experience with your business than if they had a positive one. If someone compliments your service, ask that person to consider posting his or her review on Google or Facebook. Just stay away from offering rewards for reviews. You want the feedback to be authentic.

Make Your Website Responsive

Mobile search has outpaced desktop search, so having a mobile-friendly website is necessary. Google also gives priority to mobile-friendly websites in mobile search. With the variety of devices, and subsequent screen sizes that are available, having a responsive website will ensure that your website adjusts to any screen without the need of a separate mobile website. This gives customers the best viewing experience, and prevents them from getting frustrated and leaving your website.

The important thing to keep in mind is that SEO is all about the long game. If you set out with the goal of ranking well, you are selling yourself and your customers short. Your website requires regular attention in order to be successful. Focus on creating a website that offers value to your customers, and you will set yourself up for success.

Lauren Dingus is the web and graphics designer at Speros, responsible for the website development division, including graphic design and branding, content writing, and consulting on digital marketing strategies. For information, contact Lauren at ldingus@speros.com or 912.354.8900

Keith Fletcher of Speros Named to Board of Technology Association of Georgia 2017

Keith Fletcher Named to Board of Technology Association of Georgia 2017

Keith Fletcher of Speros in Savannah Joins Board of Technology Association of Georgia

(SAVANNAH, GA) Keith Fletcher, Chief Operations Officer of Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, has been selected to serve on the Savannah Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

TAG provides networking and educational programs for over 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah.

The organization celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies, and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and acts as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies.

“Technology is the future of the business world, and TAG promotes the growth and development of new ideas, enterprises and policies,” said Fletcher. “A strong leadership team is essential to governing such a progressive organization. I am honored to be a part of it.”

For more information, visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.

Keith Fletcher, Chief Operations Officer, of Speros

Chief Operations Officer

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Keith Fletcher
Chief Operations Officer
Speros
kfletchers@speros.com
912.354.8900

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com

 

Hinesville’s First Presbyterian Christian Academy Launches New Website Created by Speros

Hinesville’s First Presbyterian Christian Academy Launches New Website Created by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) First Presbyterian Christian Academy in Hinesville, Ga., is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, http://fpcahinesville.com/. Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company headquartered in Savannah, the site features up-to-date technology and easy functionality that allow school administrators to make their own routine updates.

First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s previous website had not been updated in a few years,” said Lauren Dingus, Speros web and graphics designer. “School officials had lost touch with the person who built it originally, so they had no idea how to update the information themselves.”

Shannon Hickey, First Presbyterian’s interim head of school, said their collective goal with Speros was to have an up-to-date website they would be able to keep up by themselves.

Lauren Dingus of Speros

Lauren Dingus of Speros

Speros was responsive to those needs and also helped us better organize our web content since we had a good deal of information that families of prospective students would be looking for online,” Hickey said.

First Presbyterian Christian Academy, a fully accredited non-denominational Christian school located in Hinesville, Ga., just outside the gates of Fort Stewart. Founded in 1975, the Academy strives to provide students in the Liberty County area with a high-quality education in a nurturing Christian environment promoting academic excellence, spiritual development and family involvement in a well-rounded educational environment.

Speros' Website Homepage New

Speros’ New Online Homepage

MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions, and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

CONTACT
Lauren Dingus
Web and Graphics Designer
Speros
ldingus@speros.com
912.790.5117

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
VisTeam@carriagetradepr.com