Nextrio, a Tucson, AZ-based IT consulting group, recently named Safari Club International’s Mike Flemming as Tucson’s Systems Administrator of the Year. Several dozen other finalists were in the running for the award, which earned him an American Express gift card along with the admiration and respect of his colleagues throughout the city.
Nominated for the prestigious award by fellow SCI employee Rich White, Flemming – who has been with SCI for 19 months – is known around the office as an upbeat, positive “can do” team member and a guy who both relishes the challenges of his job, and someone who can solve even the most difficult problems. For example, in his nominating petition White noted that Flemming came into a situation with multiple antiquated hardware systems, software that hadn’t been updated in more than 10 years in some cases, an overwhelmed infrastructure, and multiple critical demands from all areas of the business, yet he has continued to work diligently to solve problems on the fly while making upgrades and improvements with an eye to the future. He recently installed an upgrade on one critical software package that had been purchased more than three years ago and hadn’t been installed because desktop workstations and servers weren’t capable of running the upgraded version. Mike also neutralized the third instance of a new Russian virus that infected SCI’s systems before any virus program could detect or neutralize it.” Just as important, Mike has changed the perception of his IT Department from one of regulators and roadblocks to one of collaborators and enablers, being truly customer service oriented.
More information is available from Debbie English, PHR/SHRM, Safari Club International Director of Human Resources, DEnglish@safariclub.org; (520) 618-3586.
During the annual “Hunters Gala” of the largest Spanish hunting magazine, Caza y Safaris, in Madrid, end of October of 2012, the President of the Royal Spanish Hunters Federation ( RFEC ), Andrés Gutierrez Lara, right, honoured SCI Regional Representative Europe Norbert Ullmann, left, for “his leadership role” in matters involving the future of hunting.
SCI Life Member and Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode is among six athletes USA Shooting is recognizing as Athlete Of The Year for 2012. Recipients are recognized not only for their shooting ability, but also for how they conduct themselves and represent the shooting sports industry.
SCI sponsors five-time Olympian Rhode who this year set a U.S. Olympic record of five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. Her shooting ability clearly speaks for itself. In addition to her athletic talent, Rhode seems to show no limit in her support of the shooting industry, and represents it and her country in an inspiring and wholesome way.
“After 20-plus years of competing it is still an honor to represent our country,” said Rhode. “I realized a long time ago that without the help of my family, friends, sponsors, and everyone at USA Shooting I would surely not have this honor of Athlete of the Year. It is these people who helped make this possible and I share this honor with all of them.”