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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk

June 1st, 2016

I wanted share my experience with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Overnight Walk that I participated in last Saturday May 21st, thanks to all of Suna for your amazing support! My friend Shilo and I walked the entire route, all 16.75 miles of it! It took us 8.5 hours. We left at 7:30 in the evening and arrived at about 4:00am the next morning.

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It was really an amazing sight to leave the staging area at Fort Mason and walk towards the sun setting behind the Golden Gate Bridge and along the Marina. The event was designed to be a sort of walking tour of the city at night. It was really amazing to see the beautiful sights of San Francisco in that way and I felt pretty special to be able to have that unique perspective of the city that most people have never had. Throughout the walk we passed several landmarks, including the Palace of Fine Arts, Japan Town, China Town, the Financial District, AT&T Park, the Embarcadero and the Bay Bridge.

There were people from all over the country at the walk. A really diverse array of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds were present, including a number of Veterans and currently active military. Veterans die by suicide at a rate of 22 people a day, and in order to raise awareness of this crisis, some military men and women do awareness walks that are 22 miles long, while carrying 22 pound packs. The AFSP specifically seeks to support veterans by designating silver as the honor bead color in support of military and first responders who are effected by suicide.

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The support crew for this event was amazing. I’ve been volunteering and fundraising since I was 10 and this was the most well supported and executed event I’ve ever been a part of by far. We had friends that stayed up all night to cheer us on via social media, and one friend showed up at 2:30 in the morning at the last cheering station with balloons for us! It was easy to keep going because of them, and because of all of the other wonderful people walking, the names we each carried on our shirts, and knowing that so many people supported us with donations and love.

The entire Overnight Walk was such a great experience, so positive and inspiring, and this cause is so necessary. AFSP has an ambitious goal of reducing suicide rates 20% by 2025. I’m really determined to help them reach that goal. I’m so thankful to the Suna family for being a part of my personal experience and for the positive impact in reaching AFSP’s goal. At the opening ceremony on Saturday they announced that next year’s walk will be held in San Diego!  Shilo and I are absolutely committed to and excited about doing it again! What we want to know is who’s with us for 2016? Don’t worry, we’re old pros at it now, we’ll go with you and you won’t be alone, promise.

By, Beth Roush

Davi Golf Classic for Camp del Corazon

May 3rd, 2016

It started off with a sunny day filled with golf, healthy competition and family fun and finished with a series of auctions, fundraisers and good times all to benefit children with Heart Disease. Camp del Corazon is a non-profit organization that provides a free of charge summer camp for children with Heart Disease. All proceeds and donations are spent on the camp and its programming and it is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Davi Golf Classic

In honor of Daviana Hogan, her mother, Janene, put together the Davi Golf Classic held at Journey golf course at Pechanga in Temecula, California. For the last 16 years, Camp del Corazon has received generous support from the Davi Golf Classic contributors that have donated to the tournament, silent auction and live auction.

During the golf tournament, prizes are awarded for Longest Drive and any lucky individual to snag a hole-in-one will be driving home in a new car! (Someone did this in the 2015 tournament!) After a day of golfing, supporters gather inside to partake in some delicious food and drinks and to bid on the silent and live auction pieces.

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The auction pieces range from a personalized Global Angel Wings Project by artist, Colette Miller to Jimmy Choo’s to a handcrafted quilt by actual campers. There were also campers handing out raffle tickets for a various selection of prizes and a Camp Counselor raffling off a beautiful 4.35 moonstone, rose gold necklace.

The night was filled with numerous donations, competitive auction bidding and an all-out good time. A couple of the campers gathered on stage and spoke of their experience with camp and how it has transformed their lives. Many campers feeling like an outcast, unsure of their place until Camp del Corazon was introduced into their lives. A handful of Camp Counselors spoke as well, thankful for the opportunity to be involved with such a great and important cause.

Camp Counselor

If you would like more information on the Davi Golf Classic or Camp del Corazon, please visit http://www.campdelcorazon.org/

In Memory of Daviana Hogan September 9, 1985 – January 6, 2001

Women’s Nine, Wine & Dine – Charity Golf Tournament

March 31st, 2016

Team GodfatherTeam Godfather is hosting a charity golf tournament on Friday, June 17th at 4pm at St. Mark Golf Club in San Marcos, CA. The Women’s Nine, Wine & Dine golf tournament helps raise awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Team Godfather was founded in 2009 and has raised $956,056 to support research and drug development for ALS.

ALS is a progressive disorder that causes permanent paralysis and destroys nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. People with ALS typically live three to five years after diagnosis. Some 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS each year. Approximately 35,000 people at any given time are living with ALS in the United States. Currently, there is no cure or treatment.

Suna Solutions has been an active participant in the Team Godfather events and is looking forward to helping them hit their goal to raise $1MM by 2017.  If you have any interest in being a corporate sponsor or signing up to play as a foursome then please register online at: http://www.teamgodfather.org/

Golf Tournament Information:

St. Mark Golf Club

1750 San Pablo Drive Lake San Marcos, Ca 92078

Friday, June 17, 2016

3pm: Registration and free lesson from the Golf Pro

4pm: Shotgun Start, Step Aside Scramble Format

6:30pm: Cocktails

7pm: Dinner and Raffle

$125 per player

Fee includes: Green Fee, Cart, Range Balls, and Dinner & Wine

$60 per person – Dinner only (males welcome to join at dinner)

 

 

For additional information, please contact Nadia Giblin at ngiblin@suna.com

Millennials: Overcoming the Stereotype

March 3rd, 2016

people-coffee-tea-meeting (1)If you were born between 1981 and 2000, you are referred to as a Millennial. Apart from all the stereotypes that surround this generation, these individuals in particular are raising eyebrows from their fellow Baby Boomer and Gen X colleagues.

Born in a technology driven world, Millennials are able to teach themselves when it comes to technology; whether it be installing a new app or managing your company’s social media sites. We can all agree that Millennials do seem to have the “upper hand” involving anything to do with computers or mobile devices when compared to their counterparts.

Old enough to understand the impact of the September 11th attacks, fears of terrorism have transformed into a desire to help others which lead to a heightened sense of community in the workforce. By collaborating in a group environment, today’s Millennials produce advanced solutions to simplify processes.

Growing up in a world where everyone receives a participation award, Millennials are constantly seeking acceptance and a pat on the back. But is this such a bad thing? Wouldn’t you like to have an employee that is motivated through effort and achievement? Yes, this means Millennials want more feedback but they are willing to work hard to make sure the feedback provided is constituted as positive.

As one of the largest generations in the workforce, Millennials have exemplified the term “job hopper.” A 2012 PayScale report found the average tenure for a Millennial employee was just two years, compared to that of a Baby Boomer which was seven years. While changing jobs too often can make someone look unstable, moving from one company to another is often the only way for a Millennial to boost their salary, expand skill sets and or gain a promotion.

Employers, I urge you to take a deeper dive into investing into your Millennial workforce. Don’t be misled by the bad rap this generation receives but look beyond the face value and into where you see your company in the years to come. Understanding how to harness all the abilities a Millennial brings to the table can be indefinitely beneficial to your business. With the right management and attitude, welcoming Millennials into your company just may be the difference of whether your company succeeds or remains stagnate.

Casa de Amparo – The Greatest Gift of All

December 18th, 2015

Around this time of year many attend festive Holiday parties filled with delicious food, prizes, gifts and drinks o’ plenty. Some view the season as a time to shower their loved ones with expensive gifts to show their affection while others, such as Casa de Amparo, use this time of year to help others.

Casa de Amparo which translates to House of Protection was established in 1978 for the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect in San Diego County. Led by the Women’s Resource Center and supported by local police, Casa de Amparo provides a safe haven for women, children and infants.

As active contributors, Suna Solutions was honored to participate in the 13th Annual Holiday Drive which provides toys and necessities to over 1,000 children in San Diego. After the gifts are sorted into bins and age groups, volunteers take the time to wrap the gifts to gain even more holiday excitement for the little ones.

When a small group from my office dropped off our donations I was overwhelmed with happiness at not only seeing a great deal of donated gifts but also realizing the commitment and selfless dedication the volunteers have to bring joy to someone they do not even know.

At times, the holiday season can be considered quite commercial and consumer driven but behind the scenes there are organizations that truly overcome this and find great pleasure in giving back to others. If you haven’t given back this season, I urge you to give it a try; you just may find that the feelings you receive from helping is truly the greatest gift of all.
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If you would like to find out more information or donate to Casa de Amparo, please visit www.casadeamparo.org

Suna’s Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class

September 24th, 2015

pic6Last weekend, Suna employees and prospects had the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga session led by Kathryn McCann at the world renowned Kona Kai Resort in sunny San Diego. The Shelter Island Yacht Basin was the perfect setting for a relaxing and mind opening social event that even our youngest participant, a 12 year old, flourished in.

The yoga session commenced with a focus on breathing, opening and clearing minds and accumulating desired intentions for the day. Kathryn McCann, the instructor for the day and fitness model, led everyone in multiple seated, kneeling and laying down poses. Child’s, Cat, Downward dog, Table Top, Planking, Cobra, and Boat poses were among the favorites that all seemed to execute with ease. While gentle waves briefly lapped over the boards, all assembled for the final pose, Savasana, which consisted of lying on your back with all limbs spread out in a relaxed position.

In conclusion to the tranquil get-together, our carefree party went back to the Kona Kai Resort to enjoy bottomless mimosas and brunch for a job well done. On behalf of Suna, we would like to thank everyone who came out to our event and a huge thank you to our friend and instructor, Kathryn McCann.
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The True Meaning of Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2015

sunsetHonoring Our Fallen Heroes

For some, Memorial Day marks a fabulous three day weekend full of delicious barbecues, sales galore, and the unofficial kickoff of summer, however, its commercial value has unfortunately begun to overcome its original meaning.

With our country dividing based on individual beliefs, there is and always will be a familiar ground of protecting our utmost ideals in which this country was founded on – Freedom, honor, justice, equality. All of these fundamentals describe the core values every American grasps deep inside them. However, in the midst of turmoil, we seem to have forgotten the ultimate sacrifice our fallen heroes fought so hard to defend.

Originally called Decoration Day, the earliest traditions included decorating graves with red poppies, flags, and wreaths in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00pm. I ask all true Americans to share a moment to honor those who have died in support of our incredible country and help to put the ‘Memorial’ back into Memorial Day.

Evergent Group Announces Relocation of Corporate Headquarters

May 20th, 2015

Evergent.MovedSan Ramon, California – Evergent Group, which includes Amerit ConsultingBRAVE, IC Advisor, Suna Solutions and Zempleo has recently relocated its corporate office from Walnut Creek to San Ramon.

The new address is:

4000 Executive Parkway

Suite 240, Bishop Ranch 8

San Ramon, CA 94583

The move stems from Evergent Group’s need for additional space to accommodate growth and the new location doubles the space previously occupied in Walnut Creek.

“With the expansion of San Ramon, we will be offering additional recruiting and consulting functions as well as aggressive expansion with our Direct Hire business and contract staffing business,” said Gary Herbold, Chairman of Evergent Group.

The new office in San Ramon will further strengthen Evergent Group and continue to lead the transformation of each OpCo to optimize the workforce and professional processes of today’s dynamic, fast-paced businesses.

“The additional space offers a more collaborative environment and gives us the opportunity to create our own ambience that encourages engaged teamwork within our company,” said Herbold.

Evergent Group will continue to operate in current office locations in La Jolla, Mission Viejo and San Diego.

Evergent Group is thrilled to fulfill your needs in staffing, recruiting, payrolling, managed service programs, IC compliance assessments or business process optimization and outsourcing and will continue to provide a highly skilled and experienced team.

Suna Helps Renovate Homes for Veterans

April 28th, 2014

Kicking off the annual Build for the Brave Day, the energetic employees of Suna Solutions, and their sister companies Amerit ConsultingIC AdvisorZempleo, and Amerit Fleet Solutions, were honored to support Habitat for Humanity in providing two veterans and their families with new homes.

On April 17th and 18th, a total of 30 employees joined team leaders from Habitat For Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley as they began demolition on one house and applied the finishing touches to another.

In 80 plus degree weather, teams of 15 people each day, began the strenuous task of total demolition on House #1. Strength in numbers paid out as together, they completely overhauled the backyard, kitchen, closets, and bathrooms. By the end of Day 2, the house was left only with its walls and two dumpsters filled over the brim, ready for the next stage of development.

“It was awesome just to be able to give back to our nation’s heroes,” said Charlie, a Suna employee. “Giving one or two days to help make their dream home a reality is the least we can do.”

House #1 has approximately six more weeks until its completion.

Not far from House #1 was House #2, a beautiful cottage-style with a huge backyard and finished front yard. Having the major demolition and rebuilding already completed, the house had a lingering smell of sawdust and fresh paint.

Applying new coats of paint to walls, finishing and painting doors, caulking windows and trims, cutting and setting base boards, and cleaning up were just some of the projects the team completed for House #2.  With just a few weeks until its completion, landscaping and furnishing are the only tasks left to turn this house into a home.

“Having the opportunity to provide someone with a new home is very special and extremely rewarding thing,” said Alison, another Suna employee. “Being able to come together as a team to meet the goal is the icing.”

Support of veteran and community charities and philanthropic efforts is part of the fabric of the corporate culture at Suna Solutions. This commitment flows through Amerit’s CEO, Gary Herbold a twice-awarded Purple Heart recipient. Leading by example, Gary possesses a captivating compassion and drive to support our military heroes, inspiring a culture of caring, commitment and integrity amongst every employee.

Team Suna Hits the Field for a Little Competition

January 20th, 2014

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