Posted by: danielrashke | May 7, 2015

All About the AND

ampersandAfter a week with our top distributors in Scottsdale, Arizona, I’m settling back into the office and looking back at that important gathering, and at another. Specifically, I’m ruminating about our annual Company Meeting, held in March, and about our Provider Incentive Program (PIP) Convention, held early in May. At both events we spent considerable time, effort, and resources getting our message across to our most important partners.

At both meetings, we talked about the power of one word: AND. At TASC we want to grow AND excel. How long would we last if we chose to focus on growth alone and neglected our service? Or if we focused on exceling without any thought of growth? Both are vital to the long-term success of TASC.

We strive for strategic AND operational excellence. We don’t sacrifice one for the other.  Even when we grow, we grow through acquisitions AND traditional sales. Throw into the mix incremental AND transformational innovations. Incremental innovations are the little tweaks you make to improve something, to make it better. We are really good at that. Meanwhile, we strive for transformational innovations as well; these are the innovations that transform the industry.

AND is not easy. Of course you all know what a challenge it can be to juggle our many roles. Who wouldn’t want to be a better spouse AND a better employee? And while we can’t have perfect balance between the two at all times, we all strive for just that.

So why is TASC all about the AND?  As I stated earlier, it’s because we’re striving to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business. To ensure that we remain relevant AND achieve our desired financial outcomes. If we ignore the AND, we won’t find the next new product, the next market opportunity, or the next new way of doing business.

Without a doubt, the biggest and most important AND we talked about is you AND me. That’s the other theme we stressed during these meetings. You AND I can succeed better together.

Posted by: danielrashke | April 24, 2015

New Era Dawns at TASC

Cliff Mason

TASC President Cliff Mason

April marks the beginning of a new period in the history of TASC. On April 6, our new President, Cliff Mason, joined the corporation. I can’t begin to express how excited we are to add Cliff’s talent and experience to the TASC leadership team. He brings additional capacity and different capabilities to TASC, which will help us continue to grow as we set the course for our next 40 years.

Mason comes to TASC from Swift Exchange, LLC. As Executive Vice President of Payment Technologies, Mason led multiple teams focused on facilitating Swift’s strategy for in-store payments with enterprise merchants in North America. Mason brings more than 25 years of experience in financial services, including payments networks and services. He has extensive expertise in ACH, card, check, credit, debit, prepaid, and alternative systems of payment such as via internet/mobile.

In addition, Mason’s experience includes working in sales for an emerging payments technology company (that was acquired by Google), and helping to create and manage a company with revenues that grew from $5 million to over $70 million today.

As was evident during the interview process—and has continued to be the case during his first few weeks at TASC—Cliff and I have great synergy. We both envision a future wherein we’re working in concert to drive operational excellence AND steer our strategic course. Cliff is in the process of settling in; these first 100 days will be fast paced for him.  Having moved from Columbus, Georgia, he and his wife, Marsha, are also settling in to the Madison community.

Please help me welcome Cliff Mason to TASC!  I hope many of you will have the opportunity to work with Cliff in the near and ongoing future.

Posted by: danielrashke | March 20, 2015

It Takes a Community to Raise a Community

Last week, I wrote about our annual company meeting and the philanthropic event through which we sent 500 TASC employees out into the community to volunteer at various non-profit organizations. This was the largest volunteering effort TASC has ever undertaken. Giving back at such a large scale is certainly gratifying, but so is giving back on a smaller, more personal level.

On March 12, 2015, the State Bank of Cross Plains, a full-service community bank with nine offices in Dane County, appointed me to serve on the bank’s Board of Directors. In doing so, Bank President and CEO Jim Tubbs said “Daniel’s 32 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors… We appreciate his willingness to serve as a Director and look forward to benefiting from his judgment and counsel.”

Those are high words of praise, and I am truly honored to join this Board. I grew up on a dairy farm in north central Wisconsin, and this background helps me understand just how vital these local banks are to small rural communities. And these days, as a business owner, I continue to benefit in countless ways from the wisdom, experience, and insight of the TASC Board of Advisers.

I know what an important position I’ve been asked to undertake. Trust me; I take the responsibility very seriously. And just as I try to do at TASC, I hope to bring an innovative mindset regarding financial stability and long term sustainable growth to the State Bank of Cross Plains. I’m pleased to be part of the fine team that ensures continued easy access to the bank’s services paired with efficient and effective service for each and every customer.

Posted by: danielrashke | March 12, 2015

Succeed Together

TASC_Succeed_Together_CMYKToday is a very special day at TASC. It’s our annual Company Meeting day! And this morning 500 TASC employees assembled at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., to hear our leaders talk about our recent successes and our plans and hopes for the year to come. Another 400 participated via a live webcast at one of our 70+ remote locations across the nation.

As you might imagine, the event is quite an undertaking. And the year 2015 is especially important because we are celebrating our 40th anniversary! Our theme for this year’s meeting is Succeed Together. To commemorate our anniversary, and in keeping with our culture of active philanthropy, each and every one of the 500 TASC employees will be dispatched after lunch to volunteer at a local non-profit organization.

TASC employees will be helping 40 separate non-profits around Madison, including American Red Cross, Center for Families, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), East Madison Community Center, Gilda’s Club, Henry Vilas Zoological Society, Literacy Network, Madison Children’s Museum, Mental Health Center of Dane County, Inc., Porchlight, Inc., Rainbow Coalition, Ronald McDonald House near UW Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, St. Mary’s Adult Day Health Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and The River Food Pantry.

We are being active philanthropists by giving of our minds, our time, and our resources. Events like this help plant and grow the seeds of volunteerism in our employees. These volunteers—and all volunteers—are able to make a truly amazing difference across our community.

Without question, TASC employees volunteer year-round. But especially today, we are working together around town. Our efforts are just another way to give back to the community that has given us so much. If you see a group of us in our TASC Cares T-shirts and TASC 40th Anniversary fleece jackets, I invite you to stop and say “hello.”

Posted by: danielrashke | March 2, 2015

Not For Sale

A news release last week really caught my attention! Like coworkers, friends, and associates, I was completely taken aback to learn that Engility Holdings, Inc., of Chantilly, Virginia had “completed its acquisition of TASC, Inc.” The news turned the heads of more than a few individuals in our industry… Let’s set the record straight, this is not us. Maybe you also saw this news, perhaps in a business news publication or website out there.  It seems that the TASC referred to is a leading provider of enterprise systems engineering, mission-enabling architectures, and value-based solutions for the national security and public safety markets. And Engility is a pure-play government services provider that delivers highly skilled personnel in a cost-efficient manner. Obviously, this is NOT the same industry as Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC).  This TASC is the largest privately held, third-party administrator (TPA) in the nation. Through our service offerings, we provide over 60,000 sole proprietors, family farmers, and business owners nationwide with innovative, tax-advantaged employee benefit programs. And we are not for sale. However, we are buying. So if you know of any TPAs wanting to get out of the business, send them our way.

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