AL STRONG HONORED

The TechServe Alliance Annual Conference took place from November 9 -11, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ. TechServe Alliance is the premier IT & engineering staffing association dedicated to advancing excellence and ethics within the IT & engineering staffing and solutions industry.

At the end of the keynote address, CEO, Gary Zander presented a very moving tribute to our Al and CPS. His glowing words on Al’s contribution to the IT staffing industry was full of love and appreciation and brought tears and laughter to all those who knew Al.

Here is some of what he had to say-

“I’m very honored to say a few words in remembrance of Al Strong who passed away earlier this year at age 80. Al was a dear friend and business associate of mine who I first met at TechServe 20 years ago when we were NACCB (National Assoc. Computer Consult Businesses) Many of you may also know Al since he’s played such a prominent, leadership role in our industry both nationally and in the Los Angeles community where he lived and worked.

Al was one of the pioneers of the IT staffing industry helping shape and support its growth and evolution starting 50 years ago. Back then it wasn’t Information Technology, it was referred to as ‘Electronic Data Processing.’ At TechServe, Al helped start the Southern California chapter and was on the national board for many years.

In 1978, Al founded his current company, Commercial Programming Systems or CPS which helped launch the concept “Contract for Hire” or temp-to-perm business  – and which currently provides full service IT staffing services. During his career, Al has placed thousands of people into new positions and they have remained very loyal to him as he was to them.”

On a personal note Gary concluded. “What I and many of us will miss most about Al is…

his wisdom & advice – he was a terrific coach & mentor – you always got the truth from Al whether you liked it or not.  Al was always positive and had incredible strength of character. He was always on – upbeat, high energy, engaged and out & about.”

Thank you Gary and TechServe Alliance for honoring Al and CPS…we are continuing in Al’s footstep and look forward to working with you for years to come.

 

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