A (Desert) Trip Down Rock N Roll Memory Lane in Indio, California – Part 1

By Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4 Permalink 0
Souvenir Desert Trip t-shirt announcing all the bands.

Souvenir Desert Trip t-shirt announcing all the bands.

In May 2016, a very exciting announcement was made: Desert Trip, a 3-day rock ‘n roll extravaganza, was to take place in October at the same venue (The Empire Polo Club) as the renowned 7-year-old annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, in close proximity to the luxurious desert oasis of Palm Springs. Coachella brings in close to 200,000 people over two weekends and features rock, hip hop, independent, electronic dance & indie music/bands and attracts A-list celebrities and a mostly millennial crowd sporting the coolest boho-chic clothing.

Desert Trip is produced by the same entity as Coachella – Goldenvoice – and would feature the “concert of the century” featuring the biggest names in rock ‘n roll over the last 50+ years: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who, and Roger Waters. Following the same format as Coachella, there would be two weekends of Desert Trip as well, attracting 75,000 fans to each.

HighVail Goes “Eat Street” for Family & Friends Soiree!

By Thursday, October 9, 2014 0 Permalink 0
Layla, Jonny & Hady from Jonny Blonde Food Truck; Sil from Core Events Staffing, Shana from HighVail Systems, Raffaela from Core Events Staffing

L to R: Layla, Jonny &

Hady from Jonny Blonde Food Truck; Sil from Core Event Staff, Shana from HighVail Systems, Raffaela from Core Event Staff

Since its inception,

HighVail Systems Inc. has always known that one of the secrets to success is how you treat your employees. The company has created an environment where FUN is taken seriously, both inside and beyond the office. Work/Life balance is also one of our core values. Most importantly, HighVail is not just a place of business; at HighVail, we are a family, and we treat our clients, suppliers, and anyone we do business with as our friends. 

Inspired at CDN Women in the IT Channel Recognition Luncheon #CDNWomen

By Thursday, September 11, 2014 2 Permalink 4
Laura Tsingos & Joanne Lebovits-Brodkin, of HighVail Systems Inc., at the 2014 CDN Women in the IT CHANNEL Recognition Luncheon

Laura Tsingos & Joanne Lebovits-Brodkin, of HighVail Systems Inc., at the 2014 CDN Women in the IT CHANNEL Recognition Luncheon

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to take part in the 4th annual 2014 CDN Women in the IT CHANNEL Recognition Luncheon at the beautiful Estates of Sunnybrook, Vaughan House, in Toronto. I attended with Laura Tsingos, Director of Operations at HighVail Systems Inc., who was one of the distinguished honorees at the 2nd annual Recognition Luncheon in 2012. The event is sponsored by ITWC, publisher of CDN (Computer Dealer News) and Ingram Micro Canada.

The day was action-packed with one inspiring session after another. The morning began with a choice of two interactive workshops. Laura and I chose Exceptional Leading: 17 Ideas on Leading Exceptionally Well in IT, presented by Executive Coach Karen Hanna, of TKB Hanna & Associates and SAP Software & Solutions COO Leagh Turner. Both innovative workshop leaders covered a lot of ground, including Karen’s concepts of the “Talent/Trouble Matrix,” “Borrowing Talent,” “Over-Hiring for Short-Term Gaps,” “The 2:1 Communication Approach,” and many excellent others. The advice given by Karen and Leigh was invaluable for all the attendees in the room, no matter what position one held, and the ideas presented were highly useful for all industries, not solely for IT.