Randy Gibbs has been hired to fill the newly created position of Web Editor/Social Media Coordinator at Safari Club International.
Gibbs, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, studied Media Technology at Pima Community College in Tucson. He has extensive experience in the media world, where he gained valuable experience in writing advertising copy, media purchasing and analysis, production, and more. In his prior job he was tasked with writing copy for client websites with a focus on utilizing keywords for search engine optimization, editing and publishing blog entries, creating posts for client Facebook pages and other social media outlets.
“This new position helps Safari Club International address the growing need for an increased presence both on the web and in the rapidly-growing world of social media,” said SCI President Craig Kauffman. “Randy’s skills and enthusiasm are a big asset for the Club as we continue expanding our electronic and social media efforts and continue our mission of protecting our hunting heritage.”
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.
Angie Wild was recently honored with SCI’s Spot Award. The award is given to SCI employees who have demonstrated exceptional performance beyond their job description in support of the mission of SCI. Wild was nominated by Mike Wirth and Karen Gerald based on Wild taking on twice her workload as an exhibit coordinator for an eight week period when the other coordinator position unexpectedly became vacant. The recommendation reads in part, “[Wild] essentially filled the job responsibilities and duties of two coordinator positions handling more than 860 clients–or every single 2013 exhibiting company. Her actions singularly attributed the successful collating and mailing of all contract packets, collection of booth fees, documentation of vital contract documents and most importantly, kept the contract timeline on task without risk of failure to the convention department or SCI.”