Philanthropy Highlight: Giving The Basics

Giving the Basics started in the Midwest in 2011 when a small group of people came together to help a family in need. The family was struggling to make ends meet. They were requesting food donations from the local pantry, but their basic necessities of life like shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, diapers and toilet paper were not available. These products were not covered by government assistance programs. The family was too embarrassed to ask for these items from other sources, so sadly they went without. The concerned group of people decided something needed to be done. They pooled their resources and agreed to help the family until they were able to help themselves. Giving the Basics was born.

We are proud to regularly volunteer with Giving The Basics at their warehouse helping to sort needed items prior to distribution! Our team recently spoke with Executive Director, Teresa Hamilton, regarding their mission. Check out our highlight video below!

SVG Wins Kansas City Business Journal Fast 50 And Top 150 Private Companies

We are proud to announce that we’ve received two Kansas City Business Journal awards in recent months. SVG was named to KCBJ’s Fast 50, given to the fastest-growing businesses by average annual revenue growth between 2014-2016. Additionally, we made our first appearance on the Top 150 Private Companies list, which is a list of the top 150 private companies based on 2016 revenue.

Both lists come during another year of rapid growth for SVG. COO, Jeffery Anderson spoke about this growth by saying, “Awards come in many forms, and to now be recognized for successful growth and financial strength is an indicator of doing things the right way. Our culture is focused on creating value for our people, customers, and community, which is a strong foundation for our long-term success.”

CEO Chris Giuliani also reflected on what these awards mean to SVG. He said, “I'm very proud of what this company has been able to accomplish. While we will certainly celebrate these recognitions, they also fuel our motivation to continue innovating and pushing forward. We run fast all the time, so celebrating awards is a great way to pause and reflect on the effort that happens every day at SVG. We have an awesome team here and they deserve every single recognition they receive.”

*Read More about SVG’s Fast 50 recognition.

*See the complete list of KC’s Top 150 Private Companies.

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Inside SVG: Marketing Intern Edition

This summer, SVG's Marketing Department has three wonderful interns. All coming from different schools, they are in the midst of learning about our innovative approach to marketing, sales, and culture growth.

Alison Gray

by Kasey Bryce

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What do you want to get out of this internship?
I would like to get a better overall understanding of the analytical side of marketing. I want to see the process from start to finish, with testing and executing the campaign.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Anything that involves being outside like hiking or rock climbing. I also water ski,  I am on the collegiate team at Missouri State.

What motto do you live by?

“Enjoy the life you are given, don’t take it too seriously.”

What stood out to you about SVG?

They are very heavy on recruiting, I always knew where I was throughout the process. The culture also stood out to me, you can tell that SVG values their employees.

What impression do you want to leave?

That I will take on any challenge and while doing so, have a positive attitude about it.

What is your spirit animal? Why?

A sea otter because they are always happy and hyper, which describes me perfectly.

Fun Fact? I have a female cat named Dave or “Princess Dave.”
Who would you be if you could be a celebrity? Jennifer Lawrence
Dream job growing up? Wedding Planner
Favorite Netflix show? Stranger Things
Coolest place you have been? Mount Rainier in Washington State
Bucket List? Go the highest points in all 50 states

Kasey Bryce

by Amanda Battmer

Where do you go to college and what are you studying?
I go to KU and am studying Journalism Strategic Communications with a minor in Business.

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Where are you from and what brought you to Kansas City?
I’m from Maryland, but my parents just recently moved to Florida, so I’m kind of in-between. I guess I came to Kansas because it was different, and a lot of my family is from the Midwest and they talked very highly about it so I kind of just made the move. How do you think KC compares to the East coast? It’s completely different. The people here are so nice.

What do you like to do outside of work? I have a food blog on Instagram. It doesn’t have a lot of followers but it’s getting there. I’d like to try every restaurant in Kansas City and get a good picture of it. It gets expensive but that’s what my boyfriend’s for.

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I kind of have my own business; I make bath bombs. I’m in the process of redoing the website and Etsy account and haven’t had the time to make them for a little while because I’ve been traveling, but the business is called LavishBombz. My goal is to start selling them at the Kansas City market.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best was from the CEO at my old job. He says to always surround yourself with people that know more than you because you grow more as a person, and to always bring what you’ve learned beforehand to the table.

What do you want to get out of your time here at SVG?
I’d like to grow more as a person and be more comfortable in situations that may not always be what I’m best at. I’d also like to gain a better understanding of how different companies work. I really just want to grow as a person, and I’m very open-minded so I feel like this will open many doors for me.

Currently binge-watching: Prison Break
Strange fears: Birds and feet
Obsessions: Pickles and Slim Jims
Dream job: A fashion designer, or to have my own bakery
Eat one thing for the rest of your life: Maryland blue crabs
Best concert: Luke Bryan

Amanda Battmer

by Alison Gray

Where are you from, where do you go to school, what are you studying?
I grew up in the North KC area. I go to Mizzou and major in English and Digital Storytelling with an emphasis in creative writing.

What’s your favorite part of your job so far?
I've enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about what everyone in the company does and how they work together to accomplish a common goal.

What are you passionate about outside of work?
I really love photography and creative writing, exploring downtown KC and taking pictures. Eventually, I'd like to write a book.

If you had to come up with a phrase about how you live your life what would it be?
“Do what you want to do. Follow your dreams and don’t concern yourself with what everyone else is doing.”

What is your idea of success?
Following your dream and being HAPPY with what you’re doing. If I wrote a book and only a few people bought it, I would still be content because I'm doing what I love.

What is your spirit animal and why?
A cat or a koala because they sleep all day and don’t worry about doing anything for anyone. Independent.

Biggest fear?
I really really really hate pigeons. Take a rat and let it fly, that’s what a pigeon is.  

What is number one on your summer bucket list?
Go to concerts, visit my best friend who goes to school in Chicago, and go camping with friends!  

Favorite Movie?
At one point I had every line to 13 going on 30 memorized. It’s a classic.

Favorite Candy?
Reeses Peanut butter cups

Fun Fact?
I have a black belt in taekwondo. I got it when I was thirteen because my dad wanted my sister and me to learn self-defense but we made him do it with us. This fact wins me the game "two truths and a lie" every time.   

Trade Lives with anyone for the day?
Either Guy Fieri because I think he's ridiculous and I just want to see what his life is about, or female comedians who write their own shows such as Alana Glazer or Abbi Jacobson. I really look up to them and the fact that they get to goof around, write scripts, and play themselves on TV every day.

2017 Golf Tournament

This year, our 7th annual SVG Golf Tournament went a little differently. With such vast growth, we decided to take our company outing to Top Golf! We rented out the top terrace exclusively for SVG and enjoyed delicious food, refreshing drinks, and hours of fun practicing our golf swings!

We do this all-company outing every year as a "thank you" to our employees for working so hard day-in and day-out. Our company culture is consistently a top priority for SVG and this event is one that improves our overall culture. We all look forward to our golf tournament every year and we hope you enjoy our highlight video!