Daxko CEO Dave Gray Will Serve on the Board of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham

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Daxko CEO David Gray recently joined the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. Gray has long been a supporter of the Y movement and Daxko software runs behind the scenes at many YMCAs across the country. He joins YMCA of Greater Birmingham CEO Stan Law on the board and Gray already serves on the board of the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina.

“I am honored to serve on the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham,” states Gray. “I am passionate about the work of the YMCA in our community, and I look forward to collaborating with Stan and his team, as well as other board members, to promote the Y values of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility across the Birmingham area.”

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is the Daxko “Hometown Y” and serves Jefferson and Shelby Counties in Alabama. Currently made up of 14 local branches that engage more than 60,000 men, women, and children in the Birmingham area.

The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is a 1,200 acre retreat and conference center located in the Black Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Blue Ridge Assembly has a long history of impacting lives through meetings, groups, and school programs.

My Top 5 Favorite Things About the Daxko Birmingham Office

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Last Friday, Daxko hosted the Alabama Business Education Association for an Evening with the Experts reception before their annual conference. It was a great experience, and many guests took the opportunity to stroll around the office and see what makes the Daxko headquarters special. I received lots of comments and compliments about the office space. One of the first things a guest asked me was, “Where is the Alabama/Auburn room?” Clearly, word about the office gets around! All of the compliments I heard made me think about my 5 favorite attributes of the office.

  1. The Garage. This is one of my favorite places to do heads-down work and enjoy the sunlight. As an introvert, sometimes I need to step away from my desk, pop in my earbuds, and get stuff done. The Garage allows me to do just that, and the brightness of the room always boosts my mood.DSC_5363b copy
  2. Demo rooms. These are small breakout rooms that our Sales team uses for demos. I occasionally go into a demo room if I need to focus or if I’m conducting a phone call. I love the thought that went into decorating and naming all of these rooms. There’s Travolta, Jurassic, Barbie, and Steel City Pops, just to name a few.DSC_5423 copy
  3. Right Brain. The office actually has two brainstorm meeting rooms – Right Brain and Left Brain. Why is Right Brain my favorite (aside from the fact that I myself am right-brained)? The mural was painted by local artist and designer Alex Fuller. It features a mix of inspiring people and things that make Daxko, well, Daxko.DSC_0837
  4. DaxPark. The Park is where we have company-wide meetings and where people gather to brainstorm, take breaks, catch up, and get coffee. We love our caffeine.DSC_5354 copy
  5. The Wall. This wall features photos of all team members, as well as their team, tenure, 3 fun facts about them. I frequently stand in front of the wall to get to know team members better and to see what I have in common with them.IMG_6723
  • Bonus: House Divided – AKA the Alabama/Auburn Room. Admittedly, I’m not a football fan despite growing up here in Alabama (I’m an anomaly, I know). But I love kicking back in House Divided on one of the giant beanbag chairs, usually on the Auburn side since my dad is a huge Auburn fan. I used to hold trainings in this room so my trainees had the opportunity settle in and get comfortable after being at their desks for most of the day. Plus, we recently added an Xbox One to the room, so our gamers can take a break and blow off steam.DSC_5383 copy

I could go on and on about the office. It truly does make me excited to get out of bed and come to work, even after working here for 3 ½ years. I think my dad summed it up best when he came to have lunch with me and I gave him a tour of the office. He asked, “This place is cool! When can I come work at Daxko?”

Janna B. is the Daxko Nation Marketing Manager who wants a pet fruit bat and wishes she lived in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Exploring New Mountains

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“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”  — Dr. Seuss

Joel Black…I told myself I wasn’t going to start with a quote, but after much debate with myself, that’s pretty much what happened.

Since I first started at Daxko, it has always felt like there’s a new “mountain” to explore every day. And once I’ve figured my way around that mountain, a new one appears in the horizon begging to be explored. I began working in our Production Support Team where I learned so much regarding SQL and our web services and investigating and resolving issues our customers were experiencing.

Within a year I discovered my next “mountain”. I was offered an opportunity to join our Quality Assurance Team and within a month I was able to attend one of the biggest Software Testing Conferences in New York City, a feat which I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without the use of Daxko’s professional development budget. Since then I’ve been able to grow continually and learn so much about what all is behind the software development process. The skills I brought with me from Production Support came quite handy while troubleshooting bugs and issues.  

My current “mountain” I’ve been exploring is in the mobile world, through working and testing our mobile apps and website integrations. I’ve been able to delve into programing test automation for mobile apps and write API tests as well. Through this journey I’ve been able to uncover more frameworks and technologies than I can shake a stick at. However it’s been a fantastic journey nonetheless. As for what’s next? We’ll have to see what new mountain the horizon uncovers next!

Joel B. is a guitar-playing QA Engineer who loves lasagna. He’s been at Daxko since 2013.


Reach Underserved Areas with Community Meetups

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Member-based health and wellness centers focus on making their communities stronger. However, doing so at physical locations has limitations. While the vast majority of American’s are committed to improving their health, 82% are not joining fitness facilities to do so (IHRSA 2014). Why? Perhaps locations are too far from work, home, or school; maybe they are self-conscious working out in front of others; or maybe they aren’t quite sure how to use the equipment and are intimidated to ask for help. Whatever the reason, you’re missing out on making a positive impact on the health of the majority of your community constituents.

What if you could flip the equation? Instead of expecting members to come to you, meeting members of your community where they are. Could you extend your mission of health and wellness to many more without having to invest in another expensive facility? Yes, you can and it’s simple — organize a community meetup. Here’s an example:

As the suburbs have continued to sprawl, your YMCA is now missing a key and growing area of your community with your closest location being 20 miles away. You could build a new facility, but that takes time and considerable funding. In the meantime, host a bootcamp in a local park every week. Your staff can bring along some weights, jump ropes, and mats, and lots of enthusiasm. Organizing community meetups and allowing community members to connect with each other and the Y in between sessions is quick and easy with a tool like Daxko Well. 

Is your center using community meetups to extend your mission and serve more? We’d love to hear how in the comments below.