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 the talent and experience of Cliff 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.

It was evident during the interview process, and continues to be so for his first few weeks at TASC, that Cliff and I have great chemistry. We see a future of working in concert with each other to drive both operational excellence AND 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, GA, he and his wife, Marsha, are also settling into 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.

Posted by: danielrashke | February 20, 2015

United Way Campaign

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Dan Rashke, Renee Moe, and Bill Monkmeyer

I am truly honored to serve as the new campaign chair for United Way of Dane County.  My year in this role officially kicked off on Thursday, February 12, with the Campaign Cabinet Orientation meeting. What a rousing kickoff to the campaign! We started the meeting with a DJ pumping out some vintage rock n’ roll, quite in tune with this year’s hopes to “rock” the campaign!

While we enjoyed having some fun at the start of our meeting, the seriousness of our work is never far from my mind. We want to help change the human condition for the better in Dane County, and my goal for this year is aggressive, but obtainable: to exceed 20 million dollars.

Fortunately, I have plenty of help. The amount of experience and intelligence on the United Way 2015 Cabinet (volunteers) and United Way staff is impressive. I look forward to working with these fine individuals throughout the year.

On a personal level, I hope to make a difference by providing experience and business expertise to the United Way, by helping to create and communicate the United Way value propositions, and by leveraging my network for making what I call “The Big Give.” Throughout, I’ll endeavor to learn more about our community, more about the people, and possibly more about myself.

Where will YOU leave YOUR mark? Will you reach out and engage a first time giver? Will you take the time to ask his/her opinion about how to improve the processes and procedures that can help take the United Way, and more importantly, our community to the next level? Trust me when I say: without a doubt there is a contribution that only you can bring.

But most of all, have fun! Part of the fun is that you will get something out of this, whether it’s an opportunity to learn, to think strategically, or to hone your collaboration skills. Take advantage of these opportunities. Engage and be enthusiastic to rock the 2015 campaign and beyond!

Together we will achieve great things, we will leave our mark, we will hit our campaign goal, and we’ll have fun doing it.

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