The Blueprint Podcast with David Lamb: Dave Gray Episode

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Recently, Daxko CEO, Dave Gray, spoke with David Lamb on his Blueprint Podcast. In each episode of the podcast, Lamb speaks with business leaders in and around Birmingham to bring listeners local success stories.

When asked about how he got into start-ups, Dave talks about his early career in Chicago and then in Atlanta, working for a Silicon Valley-based company. He talks about tough times weathering the Dotcom crash and then soon after, being acquired. Gray says that even though all those times were rough, he decided that he always wanted to stay involved with growth-oriented companies.

“I decided that I never want to work for a ‘normal’ company again,” says Gray.

He goes on to explain what appealed and still appeals to him about that atmosphere, “I like the pace and the amount of change that happened. I found that to be intellectually challenging and I found it to be just invigorating and so I thought, ‘I’m going to keep doing early-stage stuff.’ Now I’ve been working in the same place for almost 15 years and I wouldn’t categorize what we’re doing as early stage but it certainly is growth-oriented and change-oriented and I just tend to like that. ”

When asked about his early work experience and what that instilled in him, Gray is quick to go back even further than his professional career. “I worked a full time job in college for the last couple of years I was there and I was working 40-hours a week or more and I was taking a full course load and we were doing a lot of project work and I was playing intramural sports and hanging out with my friends and I think I learned how to manage time…or not sleep much, maybe a combination of the two and so I think some of those early experiences were really more about work ethic.”

“The experience I had with that Silicon Valley startup was really more about product and market positioning.  I am an observer and watching…the CEO and the decisions he was making and when the times got rough and listening to his explanations and really taking the blame for why things turned out the way they did. It was an interesting thing to observe a leader going through that….How would I handle that if I was in the same position? Or, How would I try to avoid being in that position in the future? I think those things primed me to be ready to prepare to experience those kinds of things.”

If you’re curious about inception of Daxko or leaders that inspire Gray, those topics and more are covered in the full podcast:

Success Story: YMCA of South Hampton Roads Grows with Daxko

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Growing your membership, program participants and donations isn’t easy for a member-based nonprofit, but South Hampton Roads has partnered with Daxko for over 15 years and achieved long-term growth and operational efficiency. Read their customer story with the Director of Operations Software for YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Clarissa Hoagland.

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Florida International University Expands Campus Rec Offerings with SpectrumNG

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Florida International University (FIU) was looking for a software partner that could handle their growing campus recreation needs. “We are doubling in size,” says Charles Judkins, Director, Wellness & Recreation for FIU. “There is going to be a huge push for memberships and I knew we needed a good software system that could handle that.” Judkins reached out to Daxko because he’d worked with SpectrumNG campus recreation management at other facilities and knew it would be a good fit for the needs of FIU campus recreation.

FIU is home to 5 campuses in South Florida and is among the ten largest public universities in the United States. With that many students plus faculty and staff members, FIU needed a software management system for their campus recreation centers that would serve existing members and allow FIU to expand their membership offerings. In addition, FIU campus recreation is in the midst of a renovation that will create a much larger facility with the ability to serve more members.

Bigger, Better and More Connected
FIU has plans to expand offerings with the help of SpectrumNG. “I wanted to expand our membership offerings and under our current system, we couldn’t do that,” explains Judkins. Part of the expanded offerings will include different membership levels as well as extra add-ons like locker rentals. FIU plans to implement camp programming in the summer and other initiatives will be made possible with their implementation of Daxko’s SpectrumNG.

Judkins is excited about the online services offered with SpectrumNG. “Giving our students and patrons the ability to have an online account and allowing members to scan in from their phones is a big win for us.”

The Data Story
Funding for campus recreation facilities and programs at FIU is decided by the Student Government Association so the ability to run reports through their campus recreation management software is crucial. “I need that data to help me make the case for funding for facilities and programs. With SpectrumNG the data is easily available and staff has access to what they need.”

Looking Toward the Future
“I like how the software has evolved, especially as far as needs for campus recreation,” says Judkins. Judkins also points to the software’s flexibility and scalability as pluses for his organization. “If there are elements we don’t need we don’t have to use them with our setup,” he explains.

The first phase of the software implementation will be at their Modesto A. Maidique Campus with plans to expand once the first phase is complete. “I can’t wait until the second campus has SpectrumNG. The ease of memberships with multiple campuses will allow us to be more connected and open the flow of information between our recreation centers,” says Judkins.