It’s Time to Give Thanks!

It is that time of the year again when our thoughts turn towards eating too much turkey and fixings; still finding room for a little bit of pumpkin pie and overdosing on football for an entire day. It is time to give thanks to the many people that make STISIM Drive the world-wide success that it is.

I am thankful for all our clients, with their wide range of applications and diversity of application. They make working with the simulator both fun and educational. Who knew we would ever utter the words hepatic encephalopathy and driving simulation in the same sentence?

I am thankful for new clients that joined the STISIM Drive family this year. Whether it was universities in Australia and Korea, hospitals in the Middle East and Canada, driver training in England, and an entire range of applications in the United States, STISIM Drive spanned the globe this year bringing driving simulation to the masses. We look forward to our wonderful clients getting years of successful simulator use.

I am extremely thankful for the people who use STISIM Drive for medical applications; especially the awesome people in the occupational and physical therapy fields. I do not have the patience or intestinal fortitude to do the wonderful job that these men and women do every day with patients that need their skills. Because of these hard-working individuals, the entire STISIM Drive team can, in a small way, give back and make a difference in the world, even though all we do is make a driving simulator.

Internally, I am thankful for David Pegan who handles all marketing and sales activities, and along with Peter Salvador, does his fair share of technical support. I am thankful for Suzie Fosmore, Alyson Page, Cecy Pelz, and Peter Gondek, all of whom are responsible for the logistics and paperwork that comes with a successful product line like STISIM Drive. They handle contracts, do billings, schedule shipments, order equipment, and make sure we are paid.

I am actually thankful for upper management! They try to keep us on task and on target, but have the good sense to get out of the way when it is necessary. I am very thankful for all my colleagues at Systems Technology, Incorporated, who make it a fun and exciting place to work and are why I love my job – even the bad parts.

I am very thankful for all our outside partners. All the wonderful people at Motivo who keep our hardware humming. Gabe and his team at Endertech who keep our cloud system up and running. It would be hard to survive without the fine people at OpenRoads, Drive Sim Solutions, and J & J Medi Pro who successfully represent us in different regions of the world. I am especially thankful for Karen, the awesome editor of this blog, who takes the drivel that pours out of my keyboard and makes it read like a bestselling novel.

On a personal note, I am thankful for a loving wife who rightly should have traded me in years ago but is still wanting to see  where the ride takes us. I am thankful that my mom is still around and is still occasionally aggravated by things I say and do. I am thankful that I have six brothers and sisters that all get along and when sitting around mom’s kitchen table we can still laugh about past moments, both good and bad, and share dreams of the future. I am thankful for anybody who is willing to admit that I am their friend, colleagues, and extended family and the good times that we share. Finally, I am thankful that on the morning of Black Friday, I will still be in bed hoping that the dogs won’t want to get up too early.

From the entire Systems Technology, Incorporated family, we wish you a happy holiday and hope that there is much that you are thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend.

~Ted Rosenthal, Vice President & Technical Director, STISIM Drive