President and CEO of Redfish Technology is the 56th honoree.
Pocatello, Idaho (www.isu.edu/cob) – Rob Reeves, president and chief executive officer of Redfish Technology, Inc. in Hailey is the 2015 Idaho Business Leader of the Year. The professional business fraternity at Idaho State University, the Delta Upsilon chapter, of Alpha Kappa Psi, will recognize Reeves at a dinner in Pocatello on Thursday, April 9.
The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community, civic and education activities. Awarded by ISU College of Business students since 1959, previous honorees have included a congressman, former governors, entrepreneurs, and leaders of some of Idaho’s largest companies. The recognition program is the longest-standing one of its kind in Idaho.
Reeves founded Redfish Technology, Inc. in 1996 as a predominately Silicon Valley-focused tech recruiting company. The company has become a full-service nationwide high tech recruiting and staffing company. Redfish Technology provides a progressive recruiting service by creating a partnership with their clients while upholding the highest standards of honesty, integrity, excellence, and performance.
Reeves has not only started a highly successful company, but has created programs to give back to the community, gives employees flextime and work hours to allow employees to donate their time as volunteers, and ensures the work place is a professional, yet fun work environment.
Reeves is dedicated to giving back to his community both personally and through his employees. He created an employee-driven program called One for One that gave $100 and at least one hour of volunteer time to a local community or charitable organization for every professional placement made by a Redfish recruiter. During its time One for One gave time and donations to such organizations at Higher Ground, the Animal Shelter, and The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.
Reeves’ One for One program was so successful it grew and became the Pay It Forward campaign. The Pay It Forward program still donates $100 for every successful placement by a Redfish recruiter into the Pay It Forward fund. The money is used by employees to anonymously spread acts of kindness throughout the community, such as paying for a random layaway, buying shoes for kids who need it on a soccer team, or paying for someone’s cup of coffee. When acts of kindness are given, a card is left asking to pay it forward to others in the community.
Reeves has also given back to his community by serving on the board of Company of Fools for two years, supporting The Mountain School and the new Waldorf-inspired charter school, Syringa Mountain school through volunteering his time and financial support, and giving to The Advocates, an organization that builds a community that is free from emotional and physical violence, and The Share Your Heart fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Gold, a camp for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.
Reeves is committed to giving back to his employees as well as his community. This commitment has proven successful and garnered him and his company the award for Best Places to Work in Idaho in the Micro Companies category in 2014 and 2013 from the Idaho Business Review and POPLUS and recognized as one of the 10 Most Dependable Staffing Firms by Goldline Research.
Reeves believes in unity in the workplace. Redfish has a slush fund where one percent of gross sales go towards team building events. In 2013, the funds went to pay for the entire team to train together and run the Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon in Las Vegas. They stayed together at a hotel for the weekend and celebrated their success completing their race of choice, either the half or full marathon, together as a team.
His focus on growing a sustainable business has been the work-life balance. Open communication about their office and objectives, working with individuals on their personal goals within team goals, and having fun events outside the office on a fairly regular basis has helped Reeves build teams with the right attitudes to sustain all kinds of market conditions.
Individual tickets to the April 9 banquet, as well as event sponsorships, are available. For more information, contact Jessy Rice, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year chair, by phone at (208) 339-2470 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or K. Tyler Bodily, Alpha Kappa Psi Idaho Business Leader of the Year vice-chair, by phone at (208) 680-8301.
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