The people behind the passion

The Calyx Leadership Team

Jason Fordu

CEO / Race Car Driver

Jason Fordu

CEO / Race Car Driver

I live for a challenge and ambitious goals. It forces me to think creatively, not only in developing solutions for our customers, but also toward becoming the best individuals, teammates and company we can be.

Curious and interested people tend to create the best ideas, and I always want the people at Calyx to feel like they have an environment where they can create and be part of something bigger than themselves. I want to be energized too. As CEO, I don’t have all the answers. I thrive on listening to customers and employees and then turning their ideas into tangible solutions that create change and growth. It’s about creating a better way forward.

I spend much of my time evaluating what we do and how we can do it better. I often take the helicopter view of the business to see both the synergy we’re creating as well as situations where things could be working tighter. Those are important drivers for our strategic vision. When you add the deep dives of information, it’s inevitable that creative and valuable solutions emerge. That’s when it gets good.

It’s such a rush when solutions fall into place. If you were to ask me what I would do if I could do anything, I’d tell you that I would be right here creating better solutions and fostering an environment conducive to happiness and fulfillment. Not just for me, but for everyone on the Calyx team.

I’m proud of how Calyx is growing into a company where smart, mission-driven people push each other to excel. Me included. I’ll never stop learning and asking questions for the sake of the business and the people who make us who we are. My vision is for Calyx to be an engaging place where people feel safe to create and pursue what fulfills them. It’s pretty rewarding when a team member tells me how their personal codes line up with the mission and values of this business. That’s when you know you’re building something good.

Ed Grauel

Chief Operating Officer / Terrestrial Astronaut

Ed Grauel

Chief Operating Officer / Terrestrial Astronaut

Calyx is the only place I want to be because of how we look to the future. In my role, taking care of daily operations is important, sure, but I always have one eye on what’s ahead of us. What new solutions will we deliver to our customers? How will we support those solutions? What type of people will we need to make it all happen? These are some of the key issues that I think about every day. Because we operate in a world where technology changes all the time and customer needs continually evolve.

It’s exciting to build something that you know will help strengthen a company and drive growth. I don’t take that lightly. We have a real responsibility here when creating customer solutions. We put their success even above our own, but we know that if we do the right things—with integrity and selflessness—we will all benefit. That’s the Calyx code.

Naturally, when you’re in a constant mode of creating and delivering innovation, things can get intense. We thrive on that—to a point. You need high energy to create but there has to be a measured pace. I pride myself on staying calm and coming up with clear, pragmatic solutions and minimum drama when it comes to operations.

I’m empathetic, especially when it comes to our customers. I relate well to their needs and challenges, and on the front line creating solutions that keep things running smoothly for them. Maybe that’s because I’ve been on the customer side myself. I know what it’s like to also be a vendor, a consumer and a decision maker in other positions.

With these expanded perspectives, I’m well equipped to lay out different paths to an end and help customers better understand their options. I’m here to help make people’s easier. It’s important that they know they’re not being backed into a corner or forced into something they don’t want or need. That’s not who we are. We’ve established a very high level of trust with our clients for a reason. And we’re proud of that.

Matt Russell

Chief Technology Officer / Director of Mayhem

Matt Russell

Chief Technology Officer / Director of Mayhem

It’s a funny thing, technology. I spend my days immersed in it. Yet I’m still amazed at what can happen when the right people approach a challenge and then create a solution that solves it. That’s some kind of magic and I never get tired of it. At Calyx, part of my job is to coach new engineers, not only in the tech part of their jobs but in also how to become future leaders in the company.

We devour tech and insight into trends, products and industry news to stay current because we want to bring a rounded perspective to the solutions we create for our customers. We’re not just plug-and-play here. Every solution we deliver has to meet or exceed each customer’s needs and expectations. That’s what keeps things interesting for us.

We’re not afraid to challenge the status quo either. I think that’s what’s great about Calyx. We encourage everyone here to think about what we do and how we do it, and then consider ways to do it better. It’s a great feeling to work at a company where there are no limits. And that means unlimited solutions for customers too.

We explore complexities that our customers struggle with and then come up with simple, yet elegant solutions. I think that’s why we retain customers. And it’s a great feeling to bring order out of confusion and knowing that people’s lives are easier because of something you created. I look forward to every day to see how we’re going to delight customers one more time.

Tom Clause

Director of Sales / 4th Alternate on Oracle race team

Tom Clause

Director of Sales / 4th Alternate on Oracle race team

“Nothing happens until somebody sells something.” You may be familiar with that quote but it’s something that drives me. And there’s a lot of meaning behind that statement. Things like empathy and understanding customer pain points. Looking out for their best interests. And making them feel comfortable.

When you’ve been in sales for as long as I have, you’ve seen just about every customer scenario. And I’ve learned how to read each situation so that I can draw on the necessary insight to get to the end goal—a solution that will improve a customer’s business.

People who know me will tell you that I have an intense work ethic, emotional intelligence and a really thick skin. Those are the things that have served me well for many years.

I also like to be positive, which helps when training and managing a sales team. There’s a lot riding on what we do every day and we’re driven to deliver because the company is counting on us. Look, every company has a sales organization, but I choose Calyx over others because of the culture. They understand the human side of running a business. They understand motivators, goals and recognition — the things that are critical to an effective sales team.

Overall, though, it’s knowing that we’re part of such a great team that drives us to want to accomplish more together. There’s a deep respect and loyalty here that starts at the top and we work hard every day to earn it.

Walt Ely

Director Customer Services / Venison Procurement Specialist

Walt Ely

Director Customer Services / Venison Procurement Specialist

We make a lot of promises here at Calyx. Promises to customers and to employees. And I’m glad to say that if we make a promise to a customer, we’re going to keep it. That’s what I pride myself on. I’m responsible for service delivery. That’s the end of the line and I’m here to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Sometimes things need tweaks or customers just aren’t comfortable with a new technology. That’s when I get a call. And I welcome all those calls. Our tech solutions are designed to help businesses work smarter, not harder. What we do is help those companies improve employee productivity and efficiency, which improves profitability. But if there are any blocks to those things and customers need help getting there, it’s my job to change that.

I tap into my 30 years of IT experience to help facilitate a solution. I’ve also been told that I have a great positive attitude and I’m the ultimate team player. I hope those things are true. I work hard at them. Quite simply, when you approach people with integrity, honesty and loyalty, you’re going to realize better relationships and clearer lines of communication. And that’s the only way to get things solved properly.

I love doing what I do, plain and simple. And I love doing it at Calyx because it doesn’t feel like a job. We’re smart, savvy people supporting customers and each other. When it’s all said and done, we keep promises and delight customers. And, to me, that’s not work at all.

Jonathan LoConti

Director of Finance

Jonathan LoConti

Director of Finance

I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers. As I get deeper into my career, I know the value and importance of what I do every day. It has meaning. I especially enjoy being able to help customers. No two situations are alike but I always approach each customer scenario with transparency and honesty. It’s important to me that customers trust me and Calyx when it comes to financial issues.

I think the trust issue is huge with businesses today but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to place that trust. I know for sure that Calyx is one of those rare companies. Customers really do come first. And employees aren’t far behind. We’re like a family here and that means operating with similar core values and integrity. No matter what happens, we can handle it because of the respect we have for each other and those who trust us to deliver the right technology solutions for their businesses.

Like all families, there are many different personalities here. I pride myself on being personable and trying to understand where people are coming from. You spend a lot of time with the people you work with and I want my interactions with the Calyx team to be positive. Patience is importance in my role, or in any role for that matter. My sense of humor is pretty good too, and that helps. But most of all, it’s integrity that matters more than anything, because it plays into every aspect of my life. It just does.

On the front lines and behind the scenes, you’ll find sharp professionals who approach life with curiosity and determination. We’re constant learners who use what we discover to create better, more meaningful IT solutions for you and your business. In other words, we love what we do and who we do it with.

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