Archive for January 2014

Industrial Electronic Board Repair: Big or Small We Fix Them All

January 30, 2014


This little printed circuit board is just two inches square, but is the proud work of James N in the Innovative-IDM board repair department. About 30 percent of this substrate was missing and James took the time to do the tedious work to rebuild the circuit board and replace the traces.  It’s a lot of work, but sometimes the customer has no choice — the part just simply cannot be replaced because it’s on a legacy machine, the part is discontinued, etc. They turn to us at Innovative-IDM for the impossible.

Our thanks to James Nairn who shows the kind of work we can do, no matter what the size.

The Beatles Rooftop Session

January 30, 2014

It was 45 years ago today . . .


Once Upon a Time at Kickoff…

January 28, 2014

I have to say, Kickoff was amazing this year. Out of all of the kickoffs I have been to, this was by far, my favorite one. Everyone seemed really pumped up and enthusiastic this year. Each person got to meet unfamiliar fellow workers and exchange trading cards. It was a genius idea that got everyone involved and interacting with each other. It was a great way for everyone to meet each other.


I also had a really great team this year. Everyone on the team worked really well together and everyone chipped in and participated! Each person had a function and did it well. Even if we had not won first place, we all still learned a lot, had fun and enjoyed kickoff! That’s a real win in my book! These guys and gal made their captain proud! I look forward to next year’s kickoff.

This was my all time favorite team kickoff photo!
E-10 U UP!

Visionaries Kicking Off in White Water

January 28, 2014

exponential growth

During Les McKeown’s speech, it didn’t take many of us very long to make the correlation between his experiences and our recent woes as a company. After dropping revenue goals twice in a year, some may have assumed the worst and thought we had hit out revenue cap. That we, as a family, couldn’t reach any higher to achieve more with what we had. In a way we were right. We just didn’t know why.

I listened intently. Drawing observations of our structure, our goals and our people I was able to see exactly what I needed to do and what we as a company could do to move through our trials and tribulations.

We have the structure in place in parts and building processes for others, but with the new vision and with our new found knowledge. We now know why we are in the place we are and I do believe the entirety of the Innovative family can and will succeed in the near future, as well as the long term. Our newly hired Processors will give us the structure we need to build higher and forge forward. Adding in the innovation and inclusion of “6 Sigma” into our every action will keep us lean, refined and not overburdened with redundant tasks and processes; especially with us Visionaries in the mix and charging everything up 6S style.

I know what I need to do in the near and far to help Innovative IDM grow and succeed.

The question is… What do you have to do?

Don’t Let the Post-Kick Off Hangover Get You Down!

January 28, 2014


Feeling a little slow after Kick Off? Miss the fun and friends? Well just think, only 362 days until the next fun filled event. In the meantime fill you longing hours with CUSTOMERS!

President’s Club 2014 Alumni Dinner

January 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the PC Alumni dinner this year. We have a great time catching up, having cocktails and watching a photo slide show with highlights from all past President’s Club trips. The first trip was in early 2007 for the 2006 winners, Adam Ring, Tim Mueller and Tammy Gray. It was a 3 day trip to Las Vegas that year. Man had the trip gotten a bit more Legendary since then. This year’s winners, Andrew L., Britt W., Carrie C., Dale F., Donnie C., Jeff R., Jon D., Matt M., Tammy G., set sail on April 5th on Celebrity – Reflection departing from Miami, Florida then hitting ports in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten before returning to Miami, Florida on April 12th. It’s a well deserved trip for some Legendary Innovative-IDM talent.

2014 President's Club Alumni Dinner

2014 President’s Club Alumni Dinner

Trading cards

January 27, 2014

Top 10 things you plan on doing with your left over trading cards

10) Build a little shrine to yourself in the back of the hall closet … Just to freak out the spouse and kids
9) Sell them on ebay and wait for the money to roll in
8) Sneak into the post office and staple them over the real pictures on the wanted posters
7) Hand them out in singles bars, and snap a picture of their face when they realize your nuts

The bones a hit

January 26, 2014


The dogs are extremely please with the results of the game…

Family Reunion

January 26, 2014

Every year on Labor Day weekend, my family gets together for a family reunion. This is an opportunity for family members from near and far to gather, catch up on each other’s lives, play games, and make lasting memories. For the past 10 or so years, we have been gathering at the Marriott Solana in Southlake, Texas. This weekend, I enjoyed another family reunion at the Mariott Solana. Family gathered from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Baton Rouge, Memphis, and Little Rock. This was the Innovative-IDM family reunion. It was great seeing everyone, catching up, sharing stories and reminiscing about past events. I wish everyone safe travels back to your neck of the woods and look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

AC/DC takes initiative

January 25, 2014

AC/DC took initiative at the Kickoff Event yesterday to be the first team to secure the coveted Buzz trading card. This was a strategic win for the team, achieved by being the first team to spontaneously belt out its team cheer. Congratulations AC/DC for wiring up a victory! Buzzzzzzzzzzz