A Look Back – APR Celebrates 35 Years

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APR celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2015. In comparison to other companies, that’s older than Amazon, Verizon, and the Simpsons TV show. Employees from all over the country flew in to southern California to celebrate with APR on this big occasion.

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

To start the one day event, APR hosted a kick-off meeting where highlights from the previous year were discussed and goals for 2016 were set. After a filling lunch from APR’s favorite restaurant, everyone participated in team building games and activities.  Later, everyone headed over to a local restaurant to continue the celebration with food, music, and giveaways. Grammy nominated artist Steven Yabarra was the music entertainment for the event. To close the evening, a special 35th anniversary frame that was signed by every corporate employee in the company, was given to APR’s Founders, Linda Stone, Owner and CEO, and Darryl Stone, President.

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

After the celebration, some employees were asked a few questions on what APR’s anniversary means to them. What we found out was that not only was the 35th anniversary a big deal for our company, but for our employees as well.

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

For the past 35 years, Linda and Darryl’s leadership has played a big role towards the success of APR. Their hard work and dedication continue to have an impact on the company.  When they founded the company in 1980 they had a vision and 35 years later, that vision continues to come to life.

  • “I think a big factor that’s attributed to Linda and Darryl’s success is the fact that they complement each other by being complete polar opposites of each other with a shared passion and commitment to do what’s best for the company. The visionary vs. the conservative. That is a good balance to have in leading an organization.” – Kevin Jones, Vice President
  • “….Linda and Darryl are visionaries.  Their humble beginnings inspire all of us to believe that we can all be successful if we put our minds to it.” – Enrico Gonzalo, CFO
  • “I think Linda and Darryl are successful leaders because of their commitment to each other and the common goal of growing APR…” – Andrea Demons, Service Delivery Manager

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Part of their vision was creating an environment for their employees that offered flexibility, growth opportunities, and a family-like atmosphere. Today, APR is a sought out place to work with no end in sight.

  • “I love my job and I’m fortunate to work in a company where there is flexibility and opportunity.  In my eight years with APR, I’ve learned that APR is “family” and that I’m surrounded by great people and leaders.” – Heidi Gonzalo, Operations Manager
  • “I feel proud to work for APR because not only have they been in business for 35 years, they like to work with established companies who have been around a long time. It’s a great place to work. I’m always happy to share with others what we do.” – Irene Ruiz, Account Manager
  • “Our people systems and our computer systems are superior. Our personnel are eager and capable of doing an awesome job.” – Darryl Stone, President

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

When looking at the success of APR over the past 35 years, it cannot be narrowed down to just one thing. Linda and Darryl attribute much of the company’s success to their leadership team, employees, and clients.

  • “The leadership of APR has a “do whatever it takes to make it work” attitude. We have dedicated, talented people who are committed to continuing to improve our culture and make it fun, family-friendly place.” – Aaron Stone, COO & FSO
  • “Remaining steadfast in our commitment to maintaining long-term partnerships with our clients, taking a conservative approach to risk, retaining top-performing staff, the ability to be minimally affected by downturns in the economy.” – Kevin Jones, Vice President

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

When looking at the past 35 years, Linda and Darryl both have a few favorite moments.

  • “We started from nothing and had to research the best ways to do things successfully and accomplish results that made an impact. We had to build systems from scratch in order to do all the things we do now that are necessary to be in compliance and keep employees happy.” – Darryl Stone, President
  • “My favorite moments are when APR receives recognition from the business community not only in California but nationwide.” – Linda Stone, Founder and CEO

As for the future, employees see it as promising. APR works hard to hire talented individuals who are dedicated and committed to making APR successful and cultivate an environment of growth.

  • “I would like to see APR continue its growth and become a fortune 500 company.” – Andrea Demons, Service Deliver Manager
  • “In 10 years, we are doing $100M+ a year in business, while Linda and Darryl are in Hawaii sipping their Pina Coladas and happily retired.  Also, many of our current employees will be part of Senior Management.” – Enrico Gonzalo, CFO
  • “We grow and not only are recognized as a leader stateside, but have an international presence as well. The best is yet to come.” – Aaron Stone, COO & FSO
  • “I’d like to see APR as a strong partner with our clients for as long as THEY are in business.” – Linda Stone, CEO & Founder

APR Consulting 35th Anniversary Kickoff

In closing, a final message from our Founder and CEO, Linda Stone:

“APR’s 35 years in business is a great milestone.  We lived and breathed APR every moment of our lives since we incorporated 35 years ago and very proud to celebrate its 35 years in business. I know that the next generation of very dynamic leaders and movers at APR will make sure APR remains solid and successful for many more years to come.”

This year’s anniversary was a special one for APR. Thank you to our clients and employees for your support. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Let’s Get Moving!

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Every New Year’s Eve you may have made the same New Year’s resolution, “I will exercise more” or “I will try to be healthier this year.” Sure, you may start off great the first two months, but by the time you reach March, your falling back to your old ways. Don’t worry, you are not alone. It is difficult to find motivation or support to help you commit to your goals. Because of this APR Consulting, Inc.’s Wellness Program has created a “Get Moving Challenge” for its employees.

The “Get Moving Challenge” is a 5-week friendly competition where employees keep track of the steps you take from Monday through Sunday on a weekly log. Employees are entered into a weekly drawing based on how many active days they have and at the end of the month, there will be a grand prize winner.

Exercising has many benefits such as it helps control your weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves your mood, boosts energy, the list could go on and on.  Which is why APR Consulting, Inc.’s Wellness Program would like to encourage you to “Get Moving”. Grab a buddy, join a group, or just lift yourself up, and get out there. Start small, make realistic goals for yourself, and do something you’ll enjoy. It may be difficult, but YOU are worth it. Please see below for motivation tips:

  1. ​Set your workout clothes and equipment where you can see them
  2. Give yourself a real reward: i.e. a smoothie or allow yourself to watch an episode from your favorite show
  3. Sign a commitment contract: pledge to yourself you will work out 30 minutes 3 times a week and have a friend or family member be there to witness you sign this pledge
  4. Think Positive: i.e. Instead of complaining on how early it is, think about how nice it will be to see the sun rise or the feeling of morning air on your face.
  5. Give yourself realistic goals
  6. Surround yourself by people who will support you
  7. Get a work out buddy
  8. Do an activity you would enjoy and mix it up throughout the week
  9. Get sufficient workout clothes
  10. Eat healthy​

Let’s get inspired and inspire others. How do you “Get Moving”? Let us know by using the #getmoving @aprconsutling on Twitter!

By: Vanessa Chavez | HR Assistant

APR Celebrates A Very Purple Anniversary

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On September 12, all corporate staff joined together to celebrate the kickoff of our 35th year.  We asked employees to show their APR pride by wearing purple and decorating the office, and we were not disappointed. From superhero capes, purple suits, and ninja masks, our employees really know how to wear purple.

As part as our kick off of entering our 35th year of business, we asked employees why they love working at APR and here were a few of the answers.

“What I love about working for APR is everyone is so welcoming! They make you feel a part of a team and because of that I feel very special to be a part of a company that makes you feel at home.” – Sachi

“I respect how the company was built and the blood, sweat and tears that go into building a sustainable profitable company.” – Jeremy

“By far, my most favorite thing about working with APR is my co-workers. I feel very lucky to be a part of a fantastic team. I enjoy knowing that I am a part of our growing culture. ” – John

“I love working for APR not only because they stay true to their promise of work/life balance, but also because I love working and collaborating with my comrades.” – Lissi

“My favorite thing about working for APR is the flexibility they offer and my co-workers.” –Quan

We are excited to enter our 35th year and look forward to the opportunities and growth that is to come.

APR’s Wackiest Desk Decor

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Have you ever had a piece of desk decor or a gift hidden in the back of your desk that you’re not sure where it came from? We asked APR employees to send a picture of the weirdest, wackiest item on or in their desk. From toys, to giant pens, we were not disappointed. Here were the best of the submissions:

1. Hidden Treasure.

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This wacky desk item comes from Kevin, our VP of Sales and Marketing. He’s not sure why it’s on his desk, but hidden treasure always brings luck… or isn’t treasure usually cursed? Cursed with a wicked good time!

2. Transformer Fries – Wait, what?

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Vanessa, our HR Assistant, decorates her desk with this Transformers Fries that she’s had since she was a kid! Who says toys are just for kids?

3. Signs point to yes…

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Heidi, our Operations Manager, makes her tough decisions with her wacky desk item – a Magic 8 Ball. Why isn’t this accessory on every desk?

4. Portable Speaker of Awesomeness.

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Desiree, our Receptionist, has a portable Bluetooth speaker at her desk. Music makes the world go round….or any work day better.

5. Tea please!

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Ajay, who happens to be our IT Manager, submitted a photo of his “Ctrl, Alt, Del” Tea cups that look like computer keys. Oh, the irony.

6. Party Fever.

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This wacky desk item was submitted by our FSO Assistant, Quan. She’s not sure why she has this, but brings it out when the office needs to liven up a bit.

7. Seeing Double.

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Our Account Mangers Harvey and Irene work in separate offices, but submitted the same squirrel figurine for their wacky desk item. 

8. GOAL!

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Stefania, our Client Delivery Manager, submitted “Referee coins” for her wacky desk item. She volunteers as a referee for her son’s soccer league and keeps these coins as mementos.

What’s the wackiest item on your desk? Submit your photo and story behind the wacky desk item to [email protected] and it might get featured on our blog!