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Suna Bowls for the Special Olympics

December 13th, 2013

photo 1photo 3Once again, Suna and its wonderful team have stepped up to support a great local organization.  Several of Suna’s team came out and participated on Saturday 12/7 in a bowling fundraiser for Special Olympics of Southern California in their 2013 Bowl for the Gold event.  As a team they raised over $650 dollars – almost doubling their original fundraising goal for the team.

Due to this generosity combined with the efforts of all other participants, over $10,000  was raised for the athletes of Special Olympics San Diego County! These donations help to provide free sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout San Diego County. Through those programs, the athletes find a community where abilities, not disabilities, are the focus. They find friends, confidence, acceptance and the joy of sport.

The high score of the games was 169….bowled by the MVP Sara Porter, no big surprise there! Fore more information about the Special Olympics and its local events, click here.

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Following Her Footsteps: One Recruiter’s Journey in the Susan G. Komen Walk

September 23rd, 2013

Marlene Welsh is a Business Recruiter for Suna Solutions. On Friday, September 20 – Sunday September 22, she participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. We are extremely proud of her commitment and devotion to the cause. This posting is a reflection on her experience. Thank you Marlene and to all of those who have participated and will  participate across the country. We salute you all. 

I made it!!  It is now Monday and I have finally slept in my own bed and have had a hot shower. I almost feel back to normal except for sore leg muscles and blisters on my feet.  What an amazing three days I have had.

The ceremony yesterday was the final step of the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk and was an incredible experience.  The adrenaline was still going and emotions were at an all-time high.  People were laughing and crying all at the same time.  I was excited to see the support of my family in the stands that had come out to share this experience with me. Pictures kept running through my mind capturing moments of time of the tremendous three-day experience.  Here’s what stood out in my mind:

First day highlight was a tradition called “the last walker in”.  This is when all walkers and crew go out to clap and cheer in the last walker with loud inspirational music playing in the background. Typically, the last walker has a reason for being late, a physical reason.  For instance, it could be a walker in the fight for her life as she is battling this horrible disease. Such was the case when the last walker in was a member of my team who is suffering from stage 4 breast cancer that has spread throughout her body. She walked every mile that day.  Before she finished the tradition of raising the 3-day flag, she said to everyone,  “The doctors say I’m terminal, but I’m not going to claim that.  I’m going to live my life to the fullest every day. However, if I lose this battle, I’m not afraid of dying because I know that my last breath on earth will be followed by my first breath in heaven.”  I was completely blown away by her strength and perseverance.

Second day highlight for me was realizing the level of support from the crew and the community.  There were hundreds of people donating their time and efforts, which included some very creative and colorful outfits.  Their support literally keeps giving you the strength to press on and they give the same level of enthusiasm to each and every walker

Third day highlight was the level of determination in the walking-wounded.  Many walkers were limping their way to finish line.  My teammate for instance, had 13 blisters on her feet. Nurses encouraged her to take a van to the finish line and wait for the closing ceremony.  However, my teammate was very determined and after getting bandaged up as best they could do, we headed out for the last four miles to the finish line.  We crossed the finish line together and you could tell that she felt she had conquered the world! She refused to give up! I was so proud of her.  60 miles!!

There is more than one story like that.  Every walker across the finish line has a “walking-wounded” story of herself or someone else.  But we made it and at the closing ceremony we celebrated all that was accomplished, including how Seattle walkers raised 3 million dollars in donations.  What a great feeling to have been a part of that!

At the end of the closing ceremony, we honored our walking Breast Cancer Survivors, raised the 3-Day Flag one last time and danced to “We Are Family” before we all hugged and said goodbye.

Amazing 3-Day experience!  Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Thank you everyone for your support!  I would have never been able to have this incredible experience if it hadn’t been for all your generous donations and support.  TOGETHER we did it…WE made a difference.

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Suna Solutions.

Intergenerational Communication & Fast Cars – Suna Supports “The Millennial Project”

September 5th, 2013

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The Suna team proudly helped organize an exciting event hosted by the Patton Foundation on August 20th at Ferrari and Maserati of San Diego. Participants invited to test drive luxury cars, enjoy a martini bar provided by local 619 Vodka, and attend a leadership seminar outlining intergenerational communication.  The seminar, facilitated by internationally acclaimed Dr. Tina Beranbaum of Centauric, addressed generation gap issues and how to resolve them in today’s business.

The comprehensive lab consisted of group activities, leadership tasks and an insightful lecture about how all generations (from the Boomers, to Gen X, to the Millennials) can communicate effectively in the workplace.  For more details about the Millennial Project, please read our friend Dan Khabie’s article, “Mind the Gap: Melding Generations in the Workplace.”  Khabie is the CEO of Digitaria, a digital agency with disciplines rooted in design, data, marketing and technology, and he offers a fresh perspective on the seminar’s content.

Suna is always proud to be involved in local events that provide engaging approaches to new information. Keep an eye out for our next one!

Click here to learn about the Patton Foundation and the cause that they support.

Check out Suna’s Facebook for more photos! A special thank you to our very own Dane Karno and 619 Vodka for their fabulous photography skills!

 

The Millennial Project was generously sponsored by:

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Suna is recognized as #10 on the San Diego Business Journal’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” of 2013

July 16th, 2013

Suna Solutions has been awarded 10th place out of 100 outstanding companies in the San Diego Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies list. We are absolutely thrilled to be featured in the Top 10, and we are excited to share our success with our friends, clients and associates.  Our president, Michael Larkins, is featured below in an article discussing his background and his role in spearheading Suna’s accomplishments.

Click the article below to enlarge. To view or download the article as a PDF, click here.

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Suna Solutions is named one of San Diego Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies of 2013!

May 30th, 2013

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Patti Anderson

(858) 634-4234

panderson@sdbj.com

San Diego Business Journal Announces

Fastest Growing Companies for 2013

 

SAN DIEGO, May 29, 2013 – The annual list of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies has been announced. The San Diego Business Journal is in its 10th year of producing this prestigious listing. From travel and high tech to marketing and microbrewing, the wide variety of companies making the cut represent the vitality and expansion being seen throughout San Diego’s reinvigorated economy.

The list includes startups such as centrexIT and Suna Solutions who in a few short years have established themselves in highly competitive industries. Also included are some of San Diego’s most dynamic organizations from Stone Brewing Co. to Sentek Global who not only maintained their growth positions, but brought notoriety and recognition to our region. The list, along with a showcase of the top 10 companies, will be published in a special section on July 15 and the organizations will be honored at a special private reception.

President and Publisher Armon Mills states, “This has been a very exciting event since its inception in 2004, and speaking for everyone at the San Diego Business Journal, we congratulate all 100 companies on their tremendous growth and success.”

To be considered, organizations are required to have generated revenues in excess of $200,000 in 2010, the starting point for the comparison. The financial details of each organization’s business operations in 2010, 2011 and 2012 were reviewed. The information was extensively analyzed and verified by CPA attestations. Additionally, businesses were required to be San Diego-based, independent and privately held; but, not a division or subsidiary of another organization, public or private.

Supporting the San Diego Business Journal in this year’s report and awards event are title sponsor, California Bank & Trust; gold sponsors, Barney & Barney, ESET North America, Kaiser Permanente, McGladrey, and Sullivan International Group, Inc., and silver sponsor Paradise Point.

The award-winning weekly San Diego Business Journal examines the many ways that the San Diego economy operates. First-rate editorial and research teams provide in-depth analysis of the community’s ever-changing business and economic scene in both a print and digital edition. One of the San Diego Business Journal’s most widely read features is The List, which ranks the top businesses in any given industry. Those surveys are then compiled into an invaluable resource – the annual Book of Lists.

The 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies for 2013 are:

858 Graphics

Airsis Inc.

Airsupply Tools Inc.

Alpha Mechanical Inc.

Andrew Arroyo Real Estate Inc.

Atlas General Insurance Services

Bald Eagle Security Services Inc.

Bekker’s Catering

Bird Rock Systems

bkm OfficeWorks

BNoticed

BuyAutoParts.com

Cask LLC

centrexIT

Chassis Plans LLC

Coast Flight Training and Management Inc.

CPC Strategy

Curriculum Technology LLC

D&K Engineering Inc.

Dataskill Inc.

Digital Operative Inc.

Dobi & Associates Inc.

eMolecules Inc.

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Global Strategic Management Institute

Golden Shine Cleaning Agency

Gunnar Optiks

High Rank Websites Inc.

I.E.-Pacific Inc.

Independent Financial Group LLC

Infocore Inc.

Ingenium Corp.

Innovative Commercial Environments

Integrated Practice Solutions Inc.

intelliSolutions Inc.

Intercare Insurance Solutions, a HUB

International Company

Internet Marketing Inc.

ITAV Solutions Inc.

J Public Relations

Jackson Design & Remodeling Inc.

La Vita Compounding Pharmacy LLC

LaCantina Doors

Ludus Tours

Lusardi Construction Co.

Managed Laboratory Services Inc. dba MLS

Technology Group

Managed Solution LLC

MCT Trading Inc.

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MG Properties Group

Mindgruve

Mingle LLC

Miva Merchant

National Funding Inc.

Norima Consulting U.S.

NPS/Payroll Centric Payroll and HRIS Solutions

Nuera Contracting & Consulting

Oceanhouse Media Inc.

On-site Tech Support

Pacific Building Group

PayLease LLC

Payment Logistics

Productivity Associates Inc.

Proven Solutions Inc.

Pure Financial Advisors Inc.

Quality Tax and Financial Services Inc.

R3 Strategic Support Group Inc.

Real Capital Markets.com LLC

Red Door Interactive Inc.

Reilly Financial Advisors

Reliant Services Group LLC

Republic Moving and Storage

Samuel Scott Financial Group

Seamgen

Sentek Global

Simply Biotech

SkillStorm Commercial Services LLC

SKLZ

Sonic Boom Wellness

Southland Technology Inc.

Stone Brewing Co.

Sullivan Solar Power

Suna Solutions

TakeLessons.com

TGG Accounting

The Cydio Group Inc.

Thunder SEO

Titan SEO Inc.

Tobolski Watkins Engineering Inc.

Total Rebalance Expert

Transition Staffing Group

Tridea Partners

Tuscany Pavers Inc.

Underground Elephant

Vavi Inc.

Visual Communications Co. LLC

Web Shop Manager

XIFIN Inc.

Xpera Group

YYK Enterprises Inc.

 

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Photography Club

May 8th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

Dane, one of our Account Managers, is an avid photographer. If you’ve been to our office, you’ve probably seen our giant San Diego skyline canvases. Dane is the artist behind the camera for that awesome shot, and he’s now hosting a photography club for Suna’s friends, colleagues and clients. Once a month, the group gathers at a predetermined location to shoot photos, chat, and get to know one another. Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Check out these shots from last month’s meeting, courtesy of our members, Jenn Toth and Lee Anne Middour. If you’re interested in joining, you can contact Dane at ddyck@suna.com.

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Is Your Resume Objective Helping or Hurting You?

April 30th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

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Crafting a resume that showcases your detailed skills and experience is essential to get noticed in today’s job market.  Often, a standard objective line exists at the top, right under your name. It tells employers and recruiters who you are and what you’re seeking. Seems straightforward, right? Unfortunately, objective writing is a facet of resume building that many job seekers struggle with.

First of all, it’s important to tailor your resume for each job that you apply to, and highlight the skills and experiences that are most beneficial for each position. In terms of your objective, utilize the space to specifically mention the company that you are applying at.  For example, “Obtain a customer service position at Suna Solutions, where I can maximize my people oriented experience, communication skills and my problem analysis and problem solving abilities,” would be a solid statement. It demonstrates that you pay attention to detail in your resume, and also highlights the skills needed for the position. At times, it will suffice to omit this type of objective and save the personal statements for a cover letter. However, if you’re going to include an objective, make sure that it packs a punch.

There are so many decent resumes that sadly get ignored due to objectives that go something like this: “A motivated self-starter with sufficient background in computer programming (or whatever your field may be.) Seeking a position to develop my professional experience and increase my knowledge in the field.” That’s great and all…but isn’t every job seeker trying to do those things? Doesn’t everyone prefer to describe his or herself as creative, proactive, and motivated? The problem here is that nothing about that objective stands out, and although you may truly mean those things, they simply don’t jump off the page to the reader.

When writing about yourself, it is wise to stear clear of cliche adjectives. If you list that you are creative, it adversely suggests that you’re not that creative simply because it’s so overused. Instead of mentioning general qualities, use the space to summarize your experience, and rely on it to show that you’re creative without outwardly stating it. “Project manager with 10 years of experience in digital design within two world-class museums, seeking a graphic design position for [company name]’s next big exhibition.”

See the difference?

Chances are, you will have to update your objective line more often than not. With every new position, you will likely have a slightly different objective. If all of your positions are very similar, it may not take drastic changes, but it will pay off to keep it sharp and current.

 

 

Vroom vroom!

April 22nd, 2013

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We took it to the streets (of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot) on Saturday to take part in the Gotham Dream Cars race!

The closed-course track allowed racers to drive an exotic car of their choice.  With a fleet including luxury names like Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren, Maserati, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Rolls Royce, there was no shortage of horse-power on the track.

We picked a beautiful San Diego day to go have fun and drive fast!

 

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Join us in supporting Casa de Amparo!

April 18th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

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Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo has been a leading force in child abuse prevention in San Diego County for over 30 years. “Our founders were a small group of local women concerned about domestic violence and the welfare of children. Led by an official of the Women’s Resource Center, and supported by local police, this small team pushed for a crisis nursery for children affected by or at risk of child abuse…and Casa de Amparo was born.”

We at Suna are all about community outreach and helping others in any way that we can. For several of our past events, we’ve partnered with Casa de Amparo to generate awareness and fundraising for abused and neglected children. We adore the people at Casa de Amparo and the cause that they stand for, and we are currently supporting two events to benefit their organization. We encourage all of our friends to participate – who doesn’t like having fun and helping kids, right?

 Upcoming events:

BUILD-A-BAR DROPOFF PARTY

Thursday, May 16 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and let’s Build-A-Bar! Donations of liquor & spirits are needed for our FORE the Casa Kids Golf Tournament Build-A-Bar Opportunity Drawing.

Admission: One bottle of premium liquor or spirits for the drawing, and one bottle of your favorite liquor to share.

 

 

14th ANNUAL FORE THE CASA KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, July 19, 2013 at Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos, CA

Shotgun at 12:30 p.m. | Cocktails, Auction & Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Now in it’s 14th year, the FORE the Casa Kids Golf Tournament is a popular event attracting over 100 avid golfers throughout San Diego County. The tournament plays a critical role in raising funds neede each year to contnue the many therapeutic and supportive programs and services Cas de Amparo provides to help heal abused, neglected and at-risk children in the San Diego community.

If you would like to participate in our events, email Casa de Amparo’s Director of Development, Kathy Karpe, at kkarpe@casadeamparo.org for more information.

The Art (and Importance) of Personal Branding

April 16th, 2013
By Kim Hart, Marketing Specialist

The job search in today’s economy, especially as a young professional, can be a lengthy and daunting process. With so many resumes flooding recruiter’s inboxes, how do we distinguish between the truly special candidates? Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that even a Bachelor’s Degree doesn’t go as far as it used to in the professional arena. Due to the fierce competition between job-seekers, and the exponential importance of the internet in all aspects of hiring, it is essential to create a positive personal brand. Unlike the pre-digital age, personal branding no longer refers to just the first impression in the interview. Although the first face-to-face meeting with your potential employer is crucial, it is important to begin planning your personal brand long before that first meeting.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Because it has such an overwhelming influence on society (especially the younger generation of jobseekers), let’s start with our social networks.

First, let me begin by asserting that very few aspects of the internet are confidential. “But my Facebook is set to private!” Sure, it’s great that you’re taking precautions, but sites like Facebook contain several loop holes in the fine print that ensure that everything you post exists in the public domain. Ever notice how they frequently change privacy settings without notifying you? Bingo. Not to say that the engineers behind Facebook are evil-doers, set out to foil your personal brand. However, it is safe to assume that anything that you post can be found by anyone. Forty percent of recruiters and employers do search for their candidates online as part of the screening process. In other words, a photo of you doing tequila shooters in Cabo last summer, or your profane and overtly political tweets, are unfavorable in the mind of your potential employer. If you are in the process of applying for positions, clean up your profile and untag inappropriate photos. If you can, you may want to make your newly-appropriate social media profiles readily available to search. This can make you appear approachable, genuine, and infer that you have nothing to hide.

PERSONAL WEBSITE

If you’re a digital or creative professional, or simply want to establish yourself as an expert in your field, creating a website dedicated to you and your accomplishments is the way to go. Even if you don’t know a thing about website coding, you can set up a free account with WordPress, About.me or similar blogging sites that make it easy for you. Create a few landing pages that are easy to navigate, such as an About page, Resume, Work Samples, and Contact Information. This is where you include your picture (NEVER on your resume!) This makes it convenient for employers to visually digest who you are and the work that you do, and the scrolling pages allow you to add details and work samples that you can’t fit on one printed resume page. This instant portfolio helps you control your personal brand by allowing you to show, not tell, your strengths. Plus, it takes the guesswork out of finding you online, and indicates that you take pride in crafting your professional identity.

Click here to view my portfolio as a formatting example.

OWN IT

When you do finally meet face-to-face, even if you feel like the least-experienced person in the room, broadcast yourself confidently. You want to come across as honest, so boasting experience that you don’t have will get you into trouble. However, avoid shying away from networking opportunities or discussions that can make you shine. Include experience on your website and resume that you can actually have a conversation about. There’s nothing worse than getting asked about your experience, only to find that you can’t expand on it in the actual interview. Choose to include topics that you can confidently discuss, and your personal brand will be that much more impressive.