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Celebrating 20 Years: A Message From Synthesis CEO

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By John Toepfer

Synthesis is celebrating 20 years in business this month.  For me, this is an event that calls for both reflection on the past and reaffirmation of our vision for the future.

These 20 years came and went in what feels like the blink of an eye. At a high-level, it feels like a blur of RFPs, client meetings, implementations, contract negotiations, partnerships, financial reports and company picnics. However, when you take time to look more closely, you see more than just a fog of work. You begin to see key events that really made the difference; Hiring of people who turned out to be key leaders or fantastic engineers, finding partners who understood our value proposition and helped us take it to market, and landing clients who understood bigger is not necessarily better… better is better.

An organization is only as good as the talented people they hire, especially in a business of our nature.  We’ve been extremely fortunate in that regard. Credit for our success and longevity boils down to the amazing, intelligent and hardworking team members we’ve been fortunate enough to hire, several of whom have been with us for 15 years or more. Their passion and dedication set us apart in this industry.  I’ve never known a staff to be as committed and loyal as the teams we have here at Synthesis. I am truly thankful for the people that we have, even those no longer with us, for the positive mark they’ve left on our company and with our clients. In turn, I’m also thankful for the many clients who treat us as true partners where “mutual” is the key word in our success.  I thank you all for your hard work, loyalty and service, and look forward to what we can accomplish together in the future!Read More

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The Inc. 5000 and Thoughts on Growing a Tech Business Organically

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By John Toepfer, CEO and Co-Founder

Synthesis wins Inc 5000 award

Synthesis named to this year’s Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

A couple weeks ago, it was announced that we made this year’s Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. It is a great feeling to see Synthesis Technology listed among the many successful companies across the U.S.

We experienced tremendous growth (98%) from 2011-2014, which qualified us for this elite award. It is very humbling to receive an honor like this and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of not only our employees, but our clients as well. Day in and day out, we work together to make investment management companies more efficient and productive with their marketing efforts, while minimizing their business risks.

Over the past few days, I took some time to reflect on how we got here. What key factors lead to high-growth? How does being a privately-held organization impact growth? How can we sustain our growth as we look to the future? I wanted to share some of my thoughts and lessons learned as well as thank those that have helped us along the way.Read More

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A New Challenge for Investment Managers? ADA Compliant PDFs, Websites

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By Emilie Totten

Section 508 Compliant PDF Documents
I was in a client meeting a few weeks ago when I first heard the phrase, “ADA compliant documents”.  One of our major asset management clients announced that they were beginning to make plans to update their literature strategies to ensure their electronic documents are accessible to people with disabilities, according to Section 508 standards. As their document automation vendor, we jumped at the task to understand if and how this regulation may affect our business and our clients. Read More

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Our President Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

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By Emilie Totten

Challenge your boss to dump a bucket of ice water on his head AND do it in the name of charity? Yes, please.

That’s exactly what one of our awesome client service engineers did earlier this week (thank you Katie French).

Our fearless leader and President, John Toepfer, gladly accepted the challenge. He wasn’t going down alone, however. Eight brave employees joined him in the back alley of our mid-rise Chicago office building to freeze their tails off in support of ALS.Read More

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