The Torch Award. It’s not the only award you’ll find in Steve Bargiacchi’s office, but it's one he's very proud of and the one he likes to talk about.
That’s because it was presented to Bargiacchi and his company, ProTech Systems Group Inc., for a cause near and dear to his heart: the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis (BGCM). The BGCM, which named ProTech as its 2013 outstanding corporate partner, is the non-profit of choice for ProTech and under Bargiacchi’s leadership has benefited greatly, especially in the areas of technology.
As CEO of ProTech, a talent and technology planning and management company, Bargiacchi found a way to meld his technology expertise and his desire to give back to the community in a meaningful way. BGCM was the perfect answer.
Now Steve is equally proud of an award he came very close to winning because of his work with BGCM and his team’s enthusiastic response to the organization’s needs.
This year, ProTech was chosen as a finalist in the SPARK Awards, a prestigious annual award that celebrates individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools that are igniting change and making a difference in their communities.
With more than 180 nominations in the category of corporations with 101-499 employees, ProTech was named one of three finalists, based on its work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Memphis.
Nominees are evaluated based on philanthropic leadership, volunteerism, and activation/impact within the Memphis Metro Area. The SPARK Awards are produced in partnership with WKNO-TV, the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, Media Source and The Rotary Club of Memphis to celebrate and recognize the efforts of individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools in 13 different categories.
The Rotary Club of Memphis chooses the finalists using a subjective evaluation based on measurable evidence of the validity of the nominee’s philanthropic leadership, volunteerism, activism and impact.
However, the biggest reward is seeing the difference ProTech has made to BGCM.
“With all the negativity in the world today, I wanted to find a way to get involved and make a positive impact,” Bargiacchi said. “I knew I wanted to do something that involved helping kids to succeed in life and to help them become productive citizens.”
Since the Boys & Girls Club has a great history of doing just that, Bargiacchi knew he had found the perfect outlet.
“After I met with the team from the Boys & Girls Club and saw the dedication to the kids, the programs they had in place and the amazing Technical Training Center, I knew immediately it was a great fit for me,” Bargiacchi said. “Not only could I get involved and promote the cause, but since I was positioned as the leader of a Memphis-based technology company, I knew it also was a way to promote the vision of changing kids’ lives through technology.”
Steve’s enthusiasm spread quickly through the ProTech team and he credits his organization for much of the recognition.
“Over the last year as BGC’s technology partner, the ProTech team has assessed and upgraded the technology in BGC’s computer labs, learning centers and central office, and shared our expertise in technology training and career counseling,” he said. “We came out in force for the organization’s Campaign Phone-a-thon, and we helped make last year’s holiday season brighter for a lot of Memphis area families through our multi-location toy drive. And we are continuing that tradition this year.”