4 Dec 2019 by Mike Weaver
Inspire: Winning Hearts and Minds
Successful change management requires inspirational leadership. Here’s how to keep your team on track.
We celebrated a big milestone this week. Quadrotech employees in Fargo, North Dakota, USA outgrew their office space and they moved to a new location! Fargo (dubbed part of the Silicon Prairie) is home to a handful of notable tech companies and a large Microsoft campus. Meet the team (L-R): Dillon Simmons (IT Administrator), JoLynn Green (Pre-sales Engineer), Janel Kerbaugh (Inside Sales Manager), Tiffany Bailey (Senior Technical Writer), Steph Eddy (Microsoft Strategic Alliance Director), Amy Zertuche (Inside Sales Executive), and Ben Larson (Inside Sales Executive. Not pictured: Kelsey Rasco (Inside Sales Executive) and Kevin Drohan (Accounts Receivable Manager).
“It was just over a year ago when the company decided that we needed a stronger presence in the US,” said Quadrotech’s Inside Sales Manager and Fargoan, Janel Kerbaugh. “Quadrotech had offices in other parts of the world, but our customer base was growing in the United States and we wanted to support those customers.”
The company hired Kerbaugh as the first employee in Fargo in March 2017. Now, a year later, we have 9 employees and 2 more who are expected to join the team this month.A dining area (complete with snacks!) in Quadrotech’s new Fargo office.
“We went from an office of just over 300 square feet to an office over 3,000 square feet in a year,” Kerbaugh said. “We’re going to continue to get bigger and better. Just imagine where we’ll be in another year!”
The new office is nestled in Fargo’s ever-growing business district in South Fargo. “This location was specifically targeted because of its proximity to the interstate and the Microsoft campus,” said Microsoft Strategic Alliance Director, Steph Eddy. “The original space had a wide-open floor plan. Janel and I come from a ‘call center’ type environment and we immediately knew we needed to get creative with the space to keep the noise level under control.” The property management company built a wall to cut the space in half. Then we added cubical walls and noise cancelling decorative tiles (in blue and green, of course) to manage noise levels.Quadrotech employees hard at work in the new Fargo office.
“The intention is to add additional cubicle space as the team continues to grow,” Eddy added. “There are currently desks for 12 people. We have additional room for 7 more cubicles, maxing us out at 19 employees in this space.”Microsoft Strategic Alliance Director, Steph Eddy
“Over the past year, Quadrotech has drastically expanded its operations in North America, specifically in Fargo, North Dakota. While we have many brilliant remote employees across the United States and Canada, it was important to establish a centralized presence and ‘home base’ to enhance support for our employees, customers, and partners in North America. We’ve found a great pool of talent in the Fargo area, so while it’s not necessarily surprising, it’s definitely exciting that we’ve outgrown our original office space in just one year,” said Thomas Madsen, Quadrotech CEO.