Posted by: danielrashke | February 3, 2016

TASC Staff Recognized

Executive of the Year LogoNothing makes me prouder than to see my staff receive the recognition they so justly deserve. So naturally I’m pleased that two on our TASC team were recently honored by In Business Magazine, based in Madison, Wisconsin.

Named by In Business as Dane County’s 2016 CFO of the Year is TASC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Steve Cable. With more than 30 years of public accounting and manufacturing experience, Steve’s impressive career boasts a strong history of business growth and accomplishments in cross-functional team building, cost savings, acquisitions, and business results. By stepping in last year as interim Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve cemented his presence as essential to our Executive Management Team. Steve’s financial leadership, experience, and focus are integral to TASC and to our ongoing commitment to organic and external growth.

Named to the In Business “40 under 40” class of 2016 is Jim Yinko. As a TASC 40 Under 40 logoMicrobusiness Regional Sales Director (RSD), Jim works tirelessly to help the sole proprietors and self-employed afford valuable healthcare for their families. For more than eight years Jim has consistently ranked as one of our highest producing RSDs. Not bad for an individual who isn’t even 40 years old yet.

Of course, Steve and Jim are only two of many amazing and gifted members of the TASC team. Like them, Pam Reynolds, our Chief Development Officer, and Andy Bartel, Executive Vice President of Group Sales, are active on committees and church councils. Steve also serves as Chairman of the Board at Care Wisconsin.

And the list goes on… Our Microbusiness President Matthew Ziemke is a member of the American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team. Our Executive Vice President of Business Development, Christian Rosenstock is an Advisor for the Business School at Madison College, an ADI Committee Member for the Madison Children’s Museum, and has started his own charity, Gunning for Hope, to raise money for cancer research.

Those I’ve mentioned here represent just a small fraction of TASC individuals who work selflessly, giving their time, mind, and resources to support a variety of organizations all across the United States.  I am inspired by—and consider myself very lucky indeed to work alongside—these individuals at TASC. Our environment of team work is integral to our philosophy of working together for the greater good. Of course the need is never-ending, as are the rewards.

Posted by: danielrashke | January 13, 2016

New Year, New Challenges

The New Year is only a couple of weeks old and already the benefits world is shifting and changing. For example, on December 28, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-04 extending two deadlines: distribution of IRS Form 1095 to employees, and filing of IRS Form 1094 to the IRS (for 2015 Affordable Care Act/ACA) reporting. This bombshell had the industry scrambling during the last week of 2015.

LC_January_2016_Page_01Countless employers and benefits administrators were already confused about the complex new rules and requirements mandated by ACA. In fact, they may see this changed deadline not as a gift, but more as yet another challenge. Meanwhile, because of the looming original deadline, many administrators had already stopped taking on new customers. While I understand their hesitancy to extend themselves or to take on customers they aren’t sure they can serve, this closed door left many employers with few options… Unlike those administrators who closed access to newcomers, the door remains wide open at TASC, as always. We continue to accept new ACA Employer Reporting Clients for 2015, and will do so until January 31, 2016.

TASC is ready to help you attempt to meet the requirement on time. To my way of thinking, it is better to have someone in your corner than to try to go it alone. Granted, even TASC—with many years of experience in the benefits industry—continues to learn about this new requirement. But this is what we DO, and we are learning quickly. And because we’re handling a huge volume of reports, our expertise in this area is growing exponentially!

Thanks to our robust understanding of this requirement, we were invited to author an article on the topic. Naturally we were pleased to therefore break down the new ACA Employer Reporting requirements for the Legal and Compliance Excellence magazine (January 2016 issue). I think you’ll agree that this article is a great place to refresh your understanding of this requirement. And I highly recommend that you share it with other business owners.  They’ll thank you! (Click on the magazine’s cover image at right to read this informative piece.)

Of course, if you have questions after reading the article, give us a call. We will do everything we can to help.

Posted by: danielrashke | December 7, 2015

HIRE Initiative

As Campaign Chair for United Way of Dane County, part of my mantra this year has been “changing lives for the better.” United Way does just that with its Pathways out of Poverty program.

Here at TASC we’ve been able to bring that concept closer to home, right into our office, through the HIRE Initiative. This new collaborative model is designed to help social services agencies conduct employment readiness training with employers who need job-ready individuals. With an overarching goal of providing employment and helping individuals out of poverty, the initiative is a win-win for individuals, employers, and the broader community.

Through the HIRE Initiative, Adrienne Smolinski, TASC’s HR Resource Manager, worked with the YWCA on a ground-breaking Driving Customer Service class. Together we marketed and recruited attendees, and designed the curriculum for an 11-day training session. In addition, TASC donated food and transportation, along with field trips to our corporate headquarters in Madison for class attendees. With the help of this program TASC recently welcomed some qualified new hires to our Customer Service team.  And while we knew it would be beneficial to participate in the HIRE Initiative, we had no idea the far-reaching, positive impact. For example, the individuals who took part in these courses—and who have, in turn, retained employment with TASC—have gained access to programs and resources to assist them with such things as transportation, rent, childcare, business attire, etc. By demonstrating their initiative and commitment these neighbors are earning a living wage and opening new doors in their lives.

Thanks to the HIRE Initiative, TASC has gained some fine new team members. And we’ve garnered invaluable insight into our broader community, helping to ensure we are providing meaningful resources and appropriate training to address Cultural Competency and Trauma Informed Care for all of our employees. We continue to work with these agencies to better understand how we can work together to retain employees from this group. Meanwhile, it’s truly gratifying to report that every employee who joined TASC via the HIRE Initiative program is still with us today.

I recently watched a TED Talk by Regina Hartley, the Human Resources Manager for UPS. Ms. Hartley proposed that when given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executives should consider giving the “Scrapper” a chance. She states that people who grow up with adversity are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. I tend to agree with her. (To watch her video, Hire the Scrapper, click on the link below.)

An effort like this further enhances our brand value of being a fun and caring community. We’re serious about our Strategic Philanthropy policy to strive for social benefits and business benefits to our giving. And with the giving season just around the corner, it just feels good.

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Posted by: danielrashke | November 25, 2015

Celebrating the United Way

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Last Thursday I spent the day with over a thousand like-minded folks as we culminated a year-long effort to support our community and use our time, skills, and resources to change lives for the better.  As the 2015 United Way of Dane County Campaign Chair, I am extremely moved by and proud of the members of the community who came out to support us!

We wanted to emphasize the ‘party’ in participation this year, and chose a rock n’ roll theme to energize the entire campaign. And continuing in that spirit, we wrapped up the year with the local rock band, Lube, along with Madison’s WJJO radio hosts Johnny Danger and Greg Bair, bringing that rocking energy to our event at the Monona Terrace!

We were so incredibly pleased to announce some fine numbers for the 2015 Campaign. Our community raised a whopping $19,540,000! And that number doesn’t include the additional $1.3 million donated directly into the United Way’s Lasting Impact Foundation.  Add together those figures: our friends and neighbors contributed a total of more than $20 million! True, that number is certainly impressive, but of course we’re focusing on what we can do with it. These funds translate into more families living in stable housing, more children getting the academic support they need to succeed in school, and more adults learning valuable job skills so they can find employment at a family-sustaining wage.

As for me, I couldn’t stop smiling…  It was heartwarming to see all the faces in the crowd as we came together to celebrate this accomplishment, and it was important to acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the United Way leadership, staff, and “loaned” executives. Along with altruists from organizations all around Dane County, these tireless folks worked hard throughout the year to drive the Agenda for Change and move people on Pathways out of Poverty. It was more than heartwarming, it was overwhelming.Dan smiling coming to stage

At this time of Thanksgiving let us never forget to be grateful for the blessings in our lives.  And let us be reminded that the true measure of gratefulness is sharing those blessings with others who may be less fortunate.  As my time as campaign chair is wrapping up, I challenge you to never stop looking for ways to improve the human condition for the better.  You can make the difference. You can truly impact lives. You can be a game changer for so many in need.

I wish you all a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving!

Posted by: danielrashke | October 22, 2015

Make Bo Pay

Dan with Bo Ryan Shooting Down Cancer 10-12-15Recently, I attended and supported the Shooting Down Cancer event on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. I’m truly pleased to tell you that the day was a rousing, smashing success thanks to the help of UW-Madison students, matching donations, and Badger basketball coach Bo Ryan. The premise of the charity event is simple: UW-Madison students come to the Kohl Center, have fun throwing basketballs, and make Coach Ryan pay. Really. When basketballs make it through the hoop, Coach Ryan and his wife donate cash to the American Cancer Society. For each successful free throw, they donate $10, and for every half-court shot they donate a whopping $1,000.

This annual fundraising celebration has been around for four years. And each year more students participate and more funds are raised. This year’s student participants made 54 half-court shots to raise the Ryan’s donation to $60,147. Add in the mix ten matching donations—including one from the Dan & Patti Rashke (TASC) Family Foundation—for a fine 2015 grand total…$694,117. Wow!  In just four years, Shooting Down Cancer has now raised a total of $1,078,301.

It was inspiring to talk to so many young people who came out to support this cause. It is pretty cool to see these kids get affiliated with something so worthwhile and positive. I also had the opportunity to meet Rob Gooze. His wife Mary founded the One Woman Many Lakes campaign. In January 2012 Mary Gooze was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent lumpectomy surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Almost two years after her final radiation treatment she received word that her breast cancer had metastasized and spread to the bones in her hip. Despite her terminal cancer diagnosis, Mary has decided to swim across as many lakes as possible bringing awareness and funding to metastatic breast cancer—a poorly funded and all but forgotten branch of a deadly disease.

Talking with these young people and hearing stories like Mary’s put a different perspective on our lives and priorities. When people ask me why I give back, these are the stories that come to mind. For more information on Mary’s swims or to make a donation visit www.onewomanmanylakes.org.

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