MEMPHIS, - April 17 - ProTech Systems Group and its CEO Steve Bargiacchi got an unprecedented level of recognition this week from Boys & Girls Clubs of America – earning both the National Medallion Award and National Award of Merit in the same year.
The awards were presented April 14 during the 44th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (BCGM), Steak N’ Burger fundraising event at Minglewood Hall.
Bargiacchi was presented the National Medallion Award and President Dan Weddle accepted the National Award of Merit on behalf of the company.
ProTech and Bargiacchi were nominated by BCGM CEO Keith Blanchard and his team. Worthy nominees are submitted from clubs all across the country. These two awards are the highest level of recognition the Boys & Girls Clubs of America gives to its supporters and they are presented to recognize dedicated and unusual service, resources and overall support of the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.
In presenting the award, Blanchard had high praise for ProTech and Bargiacchi who he said has “in a very short period of time demonstrated what it means to be a corporate sponsor and supporter.” He noted that it is almost unheard of to recognize the same organization for both awards in one year.
The National Medallion Award was presented specifically to Bargiacchi for his support and contributions to BGCM, both personally and through ProTech. In addition to supporting ProTech’s efforts with the BGCM, he also serves as the Secretary of the Central Board, has led the IT strategy to improve the technology in the clubs and has been the spark and visionary behind the development of technology training programs for the clubs and the Technical Training Center.
The National Award of Merit was given to ProTech for its dedicated service and for providing resources to BGCM. In addition to providing IT equipment and support for the BGCM HDQ’s and all of the clubs, ProTech has made financial investments and provided resources to the organization.
ProTech employees have also
invested a large amount of personal time in the Clubs. Employees sit on boards,
impact members through mentoring, show up in force to support the
Clubs annual phone-a-thon, Steak n’Burger dinner, golf tournament, toy drive,
KaBOOM! Playground build and other community events. Blanchard says this type of partnership is
exactly what the organization needs from a corporate partner.
In a communication to all ProTech employees, Weddle shared the credit. “Many of you have given of your time to conduct fundraising calls, you’ve solicited sponsorships for the golf tournament, worked with clients to participate in the collection of toys during the holidays, donated money and toys, recruited friends, family and contacts to get involved and given your time with various other events.”
He gave special recognition to three employees. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize three dedicated employees for their work and commitment to the BGCM — Nick Poochoon, Jakki Hudson and Angie Breland. These three have been so willing to jump in with both feet to volunteer and give so much of their time and resources in support of the BGCM. Thank you — you three are wonderful examples and make us all proud.”
Caption (left to right):: Steve Bargiacchi, CEO of ProTech, Dan Weddell, President of
ProTech, Keith Blanchard, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.
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