LIZ GRANAHAN, President
Celebrating a decade of success with Focus Forward
We like to change things up around here! Focus Forward’s “Thirsty Thursday” was replaced this month with our first ever “Fiesta Tuesday”. Even the cold weather could not keep us from gathering at Plaza Azteca on Tuesday, February 3rd to celebrate our amazing year. In keeping with our competitive spirit, co-worker teams of 2 played multiple rounds of “Heads Up” charades in their quest to win prizes…and bragging rights! It wasn’t always pretty watching us act out clues, but Mike O’Neill and Monica Montes were not shy. These animated amigos took home top prizes and bragging rights. Until next month…
~ Dawn Roth, HR Manager and First-time Host of Fiesta Tuesday!
Focus Forward is pleased to announce the following appointments for 2015
Dave Pataki – Executive Vice President
Since joining Focus Forward last year, Dave has led the Transcription team to achieve 10% growth. Dave streamlined operations and allowed us to maximize our internal resources, while delivering premium quality transcription, coding & translation to our clients. The transcription division has flourished under his leadership. We will now look to Dave to bring his proven success in transcription to our overall organization.
Beth Fuller – Director, Qualitative Services
Beth comes to Focus Forward with close to 14 years of experience in market research. Most recently, she was Director of Global Logistics at Veros Advisors in Rosemont where she was responsible for the logistics and oversight of all field operations and project management. Beth is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Chestnut Hill College, served as President of the Market Research Association, Philadelphia Chapter and is Expert Level certified as a Professional Researcher.
Three New Senior Project Manager Promotions:
Since joining the firm as a Recruiter in 2009, Krystina has held several positions with increased responsibility including Recruiting Supervisor, Qualitative Services Associate, Project Manager and most recently, Project Director.
Tom has moved up each year since joining Focus Forward as a Proofreader in 2011. He was promoted to a Transcription Support Specialist in 2012 and a year later to become Project Manager for Transcription Services.
Lisa joined Focus Forward in 2012 as Proofreader. Within 6 months she was recognized for her performance when she was promoted to Project Manager for Transcription Services.
This year’s annual Holiday Party was in full swing on Friday, December 12th at the Landmark Americana, right down the road from our office in Wayne. What a great way to celebrate 2014!!
The Focus Forward team and their guests spent the night enjoying appetizers, a sushi bar, a dinner buffet, and a decadent candy buffet! The DJ kept the dance floor alive all night. The night ended with a raffle to win lots of prizes. Drum roll please……
Croc Cafe Lunch – Krystina, Ian, Valerie and Doug.
Paid Time Off – Mark M. & Kathleen C.
$50 Cash – Meghan S. & Cathy M.
$100 Cash – Mechele A & Marissa
$150 Cash – Chris G
$250 Cash – Tom G.
Starbuck Gift Pack – Rachel G.
Outback Gift Card – Monica M.
Michael Kors Evening Bag – Rohina I.
Google Chrome Laptop – Chris B.
Thanks for all of our employees for another great year. Here’s to an amazing 2015!
Job Title – Coding Project Manager
What do you like best about working at Focus Forward? My coworkers. I would not be where I am today without my team always there to have my back. Whether it is work or sport, having a team around you that will support you as well as make you better, is always a recipe for success. A good laugh never hurts either.
Tell us a little about where you grew up. I am in fact a Philadelphia native. Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, I lived in Willow Grove until the age of 10. My family and I then proceeded to move into Bucks County, where I currently reside in the Borough of Chalfont.
What is a unique or fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know? My girlfriend, Brittany and I grew up 15 minutes from each other, yet did not meet until college. She grew up in Horsham, and although we had mutual friends, it was not until we met by chance at Moravian College, where we eventually started dating.
What is your favorite Philadelphia area/activity? My favorite Philadelphia areas are either nearby Doylestown on weekend nights or Manayunk, which is where a handful my best friends reside.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy the little things in life: spending time with friends and girlfriend, as well as watching my beloved Philadelphia sports teams.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination. My favorite travel destination is Sea Isle City, NJ. My family and I have vacationed here since I was 5 years old. It has truly become my own little oasis.
What are your favorite sports teams? All Philadelphia. 4 for 4 fan. Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers.
What are some of your favorite musicians/bands? I am all over the map when it comes to music. Really depends on my mood. Growing up, my favorite band was Blink-182. Although once I entered college, I began to enjoy country music more and more. Currently my favorite band is Florida-Georgia Line.
What is your favorite area restaurant and dish? My favorite bar/restaurant is one that resides in Doylestown, PA and it is called “Mosquito Grille”. Best wings you will ever have.
Do you have any pets? Personally, no. But I live with my brother, who has a beautiful black lab mutt named Brody.
What was your prom song? Oh man. I really do not think I had a “prom song”.
What was your first car? 2004 Honda Civic, LX.
Tell us about a movie you have enjoyed. I enjoy a nice funny movie every now and then. My latest favorite was 22 Jump Street.
What superhero do you most identify with? Batman. Does good for the right reasons.
Thank you to everyone who brought in donations for the 2014 Focus Forward Food Drive. We were able to bring in 287 lbs. of food to help support the Delaware Valley area!
Focus Forward is also proud to provide a donation of $500.00 to Phil abundance.
Here’s to the start of a cheerful and giving holiday!
We are pleased to announce the 5th anniversary for Mark Mundy, Krystina Brindley, and Jack Shmukler. Focus Forward’s success is directly attributable to the dedication of employees like Mark, Kystina, and Jack who have stayed with us through the years. They all have been an invaluable asset to the Firm.
Thank you for your continued service and congratulations!