Jim Masterson is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 regional finalist

We are pleased to announce that CEO, Jim Masterson, has been named a regional finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jim Masterson was selected from a strong pool of over 1600 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Awards will be presented at a special gala on June 13, 2013 at the Marriott City Center hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Regional sponsors for the Upper Midwest program include Padilla Speer Beardsley, Faegre Baker Daniels and Twin Cities Business. Locally, the program is sponsored by Lockton Companies, Sálo and the Pohlad Companies.

Lindsay Alderman Joins the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Client Operations Manager, Lindsay Alderman, has joined the elite ranks of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40 class of 2013. This honor recognizes that she is among some of the city’s most driven, talented and philanthropic young business leaders that are making a difference.

Candidates are nominated based on both professional success and involvement with community and non-profit organizations. Winners are then chosen by a panel of previous recipients who examine the nominees’ job responsibilities, special projects, board participation, awards and distinguished recognitions in order to make their decision.

“I was surprised, honored and excited to hear that I was a part of this year’s Forty under 40 list,” Alderman explained. “I am extremely passionate about Des Moines and am proud to be grouped with others that share my determination to make it a city of innovation, growth and leadership. Each of my fellow honorees have already demonstrated such impressive strength and accomplishment in their short careers, so I can only imagine the amazing potential the future holds for each of them and what it will mean for the Midwest.”

LightEdge would like to congratulate the entire class of 2013 on their achievements and contributions to Des Moines. Whether they have paved the way in entrepreneurship, volunteered their time to improve our community, exhibited unparalleled leadership within their organization, or mentored other young professionals to follow in their accomplished footsteps, their determination has been recognized and applauded.

To check out the complete list of this year’s inspirational class, please visit http://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/1Click/Article/2013-Forty-Under-40-class-announced/-3/248/53330.

LightEdge partners with KJJY & Variety to bring a smile to a child

The holidays are always a special time of year to reach out and lend some support to those in need. Over the years, LightEdge has assisted numerous organizations but many of the ones closest to our hearts benefit children. For this reason, we couldn’t be happier to be one of the hourly sponsors of the KJJY/Variety radiothon and support the families of kids that are in long term care or suffering from life-threatening conditions. Please tune in to KJJY 92.5 on Wednesday, December 19th from 8:00-8:30am to hear about why we are passionate about helping out Variety – The Children’s Charity.

The annual KJJY/Variety Radiothon donates all the dollars raised to the Compassion Fund. It serves to assist the families of sick kids in an assortment of ways from paying for gas to get them back and forth to the hospital or filling their other children’s backpacks with school supplies because they may not have the funds to do so. They aim to lift spirits and change lives. One of the charity’s most popular contributions are the “Variety Teddy Bears” that are meant to offer children a comforting companion throughout their time at the hospital.

If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful charity or donating to it yourself, please check out http://www.varietyiowa.com/donate.php.

Data Centers Eye Altoona

LightEdge was featured in a Des Moines Register article on Thursday, December 4th discussing the growing trend for companies to construct their data centers in Altoona, IA. This newfound attention has been sparked by companies like Google, Microsoft and Enseva moving their high tech data warehouses to the area. The open land, central location and access to fiber optics & power were a few attractive benefits credited for driving this movement. There is also an interview with our CEO, Jim Masterson, about what appealed to the company when building our data center there in 2006, a move that is considered the “first of its kind” by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Please visit http://dmreg.co/SxFDpX to read the full article and browse some images that provide a glimpse inside the LightEdge Data Center.

Young Professional Conversation: Lindsay Alderman

Young Professionals Connection, the largest YP organization in central Iowa, is taking applications for its 2013 board. So for this week’s Thursday YP Conversation, I talked with president-elect Lindsay Alderman, 31, about why interested YPs should think about diving into a board position, how she got to where she is, and more.

Lindsay Alderman

Lindsay Alderman

Q: Let’s start with this: Tell me, as simply as possible, what YPC is and why it’s an important piece of the YP puzzle in central Iowa.

YPC is a focused extension of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The GDSMP is supported by 24 regional Affiliate Chambers and business organizations and more than 4,300 regional member businesses. The mission is simple: to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth. YPC was created to give a voice to the YPs in the community that want to be involved. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors.

Q: How did you get started in YPC? And how did you rise to the rank of president-elect?

I was first exposed to YPC through the Impact Downtown’s Trash Bash event several years back. It was such a unique event, and I was so inspired by the group involved leading that effort that I knew I needed to become a member and get involved. From there, I decided to run for the Charitable Board, where I knew I would have, what I considered, the most impact. As a board member, I fell even more in love with my community, YPC, and its members that I knew I wanted to commit myself to the organization for at least three years – the board term commitment for running for president. (President-Elect, President, Past President: each 1 year).

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Beyond technology…Building furniture for a future

From landscaping in July to building furniture in September…LightEdge team members have volunteered in many ways this year. This month, LightEdge employees are helping out at the FreeStore, assembling donated dressers from IKEA. The FreeStore is a warehouse where household items and furniture is stored and given to families free-of-charge who are moving out of Children & Families of Iowa’s Domestic Violence Services shelter. Often the women and children left their homes in the middle of the night with little, but the clothes on their backs. At CFI’s shelter, they receive help to start new, independent and safe lives. The problem arises when they are ready to move into their own apartments. They are often stymied because they have no household goods. In 2011, the FreeStore served 201 families, which included 309 children. LightEdge teams are enjoying their volunteer efforts this month in support of the FreeStore and their mission.

 

Lindsay Alderman featured on Ted Des Moines Website

Guest Curator: Lindsay Alderman, Vendor Relations Manager at Lightedge Solutions

I help support our clients at Lightedge Solutions through our sales and consulting services, and work closely


Favorite TED or TEDx talk:
with our vendors to keep costs low and quality high. When not in the office, I sit on the board for the Young Professionals Connection as the President Elect. I’m an active advocate of the Startup scene in Des Moines and feel the culture of the buzzing tech scene here is infectious. I also serve on the Board of Directors with the Des Moines Social Club, where our mission is to use the Arts to help foster social change – and bring the community together the our various programming events.

I don’t have just one favorite, so I will share the two that have had the most impact on me, personally. The first was Tony Robbins’ “Why we do what we do” talk in 2006. My second most influencial Ted Talk comes from our own TEDxDesMoines and Iowa’s own Angela Maiers: You Matter.

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LightEdge’s Lindsay Alderman is back from The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Annual DC Trip

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By Lindsay Alderman

Last week, in our nation’s capital; all eyes were on the Des Moines community and the collective voice we brought to Washington D.C. Through top notch leadership and execution, the Greater Des Moines Partnership delivered an extremely well-orchestrated event, bringing together our elected officials with individuals from nearly every possible background: civic and community leaders, schools and universities, business owners and large corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs.

The trip and discussion points were framed around the current Capital Crossroads Vision and our goal was to advocate collectively on matters affecting all of us Central Iowans such as: Expanding Central Iowa’s economy through international trade options, The future of National Health Care, Immigration Reform, How to leverage Federal Resources for the Central Iowa Bio Science Corridor, Interconnecting Federal K-12 Education Policy with Iowa’s reform efforts, and many, many others.

We held discussions with panelists that were experts in their field, had breakfast at the Hart Senate office with Senator Grassley, Senator Harkin, Congressman Braley, Congressman Loebsack, Congressman Boswell, Congressman Latham and Congressman King discussing the issues at hand, and how we could all work together to accomplish our common vision. We were addressed as a group by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday for Lunch, and Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday. Without steering this post too political, I can say that it was an extreme honor to hear Senator Rubio speak and the entire crowd listened intently as he displayed a certain sincerity and charisma that definitely points to why he is a rising star in the political realm.

I was honored to be attending as the 2013 incoming President for the Young Professionals Connection. Every time I introduced myself and our organization – people already knew who we were and all the amazing things we are doing. They wanted our opinion and input; they wanted to know how to further connect with the Young Professionals in our community. They want to hear out thoughts, ideas, and input. It was an honor to represent our organization, and while, YES, it felt great to be recognized as a whole for all of our efforts, I realized that with the issues at hand we were discussing– we still have a lot of work to be done, too and our city and community needs us YP’s now more than ever.

Not only did I take away from this trip some incredible new connections, but I got a first-hand experience of the issues affecting our neighbors and businesses in our community. This re-energized me and my mission of helping contribute to the overall success of our community through my actions and leadership and I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to have this experience. I would absolutely , without a doubt, completely advocate anyone taking this trip at least once in their careers, if not making it an annual trip and destination.

LightEdge Recertifies its Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

LightEdge has been a committed Microsoft Gold Partner since 2004.

Des Moines, IA, April 3, 2012 – LightEdge today announced it has recertified their Gold Hosting competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.   LightEdge has been a Microsoft Gold Provider since 2004.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams, resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals, to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects, implement an annual customer satisfaction study, meet a revenue commitment, and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

“As one of the premiere cloud hosting providers, LightEdge is committed to Microsoft and continues to utilize our Microsoft Gold Hosting competency to showcase our expertise and knowledge of Microsoft server operating systems, hosted products (such as Exchange) and licensing structure,” said Jeff Springborn, COO and president of LightEdge Solutions.  “We consider our Gold Partner status and relationship with Microsoft to be a key element of our Cloud Computing strategy.”

Attaining the Hosting competency is exclusively for partners that specialize in hosting solutions and maintain their own datacenters or act as a reseller or agency of services hosted by Microsoft, providing agreed-upon service levels and customized hosted offerings and consulting for common customer scenarios. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, partners help customers offset the cost of maintaining critical business applications with scalable hosting solutions.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing and consulting company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to “plug in” to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.

Data Centers: A look inside the factors companies consider for site selection

Data centers for Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. have already made their homes in Iowa’s low-cost market, and a recent study suggests the state could soon see more similar projects.

The Boyd Co. Inc., a corporate location consultant based in New Jersey, conducted a study to find highly secure, cost-effective sites on which to build data security centers to support the banking and finance industry — with several Midwestern cities landing in the top 10.

The Ames area was in the No. 3 spot, behind Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tulsa, Okla. Council Bluffs placed fourth, and Omaha took the No. 8 spot.

Based on operating costs alone, Des Moines ranked No. 9 out of 45 cities in the survey, while Ames ranked No. 6. (see chart below)

Read more:http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=52&SubSectionID=285&ArticleID=16980&TM=44312.2#ixzz1qbMwkPkk

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