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Well, it’s that time of year again to post about our birthday- we made it to 2. You may remember my blog post from last year that told you how excited we were for this year. It’s this year. (Burt’s still working on his post from last year…)

We’ve accomplished a lot since last year. To be honest, I don’t even know where to start. Our projects took us back to Virginia a few times and to Corvallis, OR, which is where we were working for our birthday last year. Although we spent A LOT of time working, we also spent a lot of time expanding our knowledge and training. Plus, we added an intern to our staff this summer.

Carrefours-Leading-Age-HackfestOutside of work, we tried to expand our experiences by participating in other types of events. Burt and I participated in the 2014 LeadingAge HackFest in Nashville, TN. Much to our surprise, the team we were placed on ended up winning the “People’s Choice Award” for our project Living Well Together. You can read about that here. 

We spent more time back in Virginia working for our clients. Richmond might have to be our second location some day.

Jacy at the Girls in Tech conference
In March, we returned to the east coast. LeadingAge invited the HackFest winners to Washington DC to present the winning project at their leadership summit. After that, we returned to Richmond to volunteer for the Senior Navigator “Caring for the Caregiver Hack”. Our role there was to mentor the seven Virginia college teams as technology advisors and help them develop their ideas. It was such a great event put on by an amazing organization (which we discovered at the HackFest in Nashville). We’ll be back again next year to do the same!

Giving back to future generations of techies is personally important to me. I volunteered as a judge several times for the local Phoenix Code Day event. And, I volunteered for the Girls in Tech conference, which was held for the fist time ever in AZ.

Most importantly, both of us we able to take a much-needed vacation this year. Well, kind of. Burt had to leave his vacation early so we could attend the Mumms software user conference in New Orleans.

11426254_921546247908239_1839052470335329538_nOne thing is for certain after all of this. We have both agreed that we love what we do and hope that we can find ways to continue moving forward. Our goal at ReFresh IT is a little different than most technology companies.

I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support and business. It means a lot to both Burt and I that we have your continued support. We’ve been doing little events here and there for our clients here in AZ and in VA. It’s just a small way to show how much we appreciate each and every one of you. And, of course, our parents for being the most awesome supporters.

Until next year!