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Envision Named #1 on the 'Best Places to Work in RI' List
For the second year in a row, Envision Technology Advisors was honored by being named one of the 'Best Places to Work in Rhode Island' by the Providence Business News.
By: Jeremy Spurr
After coming in at #4 in our first year on the list in 2009, Envision is excited and humbled to have the distinction of being named #1 in the small business category at this year's awards ceremony.
You can read the article that the Providence Business News published in their special section for this year's awards by clicking the link below.
Skill development motivates workers at Envision
With Rhode Island struggling to develop a solid 21st-century work force, attract new business and kick-start the state’s lagging economy, there are practices in place at Envision Technology Advisors LLC that show this company already gets it.
There’s a line running through the company where vision, technology, business acumen, staff empowerment, professional development and fun come together.
That powerful combination earned Envision Technology Advisors the No. 1 ranking among small companies (with 15 to 49 employees) in Providence Business News’ 2010 Best Places to Work program.
The plan for business and employee success was born when CEO and Chief Technology Officer Todd Knapp was a student in ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Knapp started helping people solve computer problems to earn some cash. He kept getting referrals and by the time he was 20 years old, he had developed an information technology consulting business with 30 clients.
After Knapp and his business partner made a tidy pile of money doing Y2K consulting, they sat back and developed a clear and simple business plan. Their three priorities were, and still are:
• Have fun doing work they enjoy.
• Be better at the work they do than anyone else.
• Make money.
That colleague is still in the company and those priorities drive Envision Technology Advisors.
“Rhode Island was thirsty for a company that was willing to look beyond its own interests and focus on what was best for the client,” Knapp said. “We’re not just selling a product. We focus on what can make our client’s business grow.”
Meanwhile, Envision has been growing, adding employees during the past few years to reach the current staff of 25. Whatever an employee’s skill level when hired, it increases substantially on the job. Employees spend 20 percent of their time in training.
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Envision Technology Advisors provides a range of technology consulting services to the New England area.