Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012- A Year in Review

It's that time of year again- the time where we reflect on what we've accomplished this year and look ahead to what we hope to do in the next year. The staff at NextGen decided to look back at everything that's happened this year- here's just a few of the highlights from 2012:

This year NextGen went through an extensive rebranding process, from the addition of new staff members, to a new website, to even moving the office to a new location!

In 2012, NextGen added new members to all areas of the business, including IT and professional recruiters and a new sales representative. Early in 2012, a sourcing team was also formed. Since being formed, the sourcing team has played a big role in helping the recruiters and helping manage NextGen's social media presence and community involvement.

By the end of the year, the brand new website was launched, featuring our new logo along with several new features for prospective candidates. Representatives from many local businesses also were in attendance for the re-branding launch party held in November. Attendees took part in great art, food, and music while getting to see some of the changes made in the company and also benefit local charities. 

A few of NextGen's staff members at the November Launch Party

Staff Events:

Days of .Net

NextGen acted as a sponsor for the Days of .NET conference and made ourselves available to chat about our services with talented professionals local to the St. Louis area, as well as nationwide.  We spent the day speaking with hundreds of people skilled in, and interested in learning more about .NET.  We proved to be a very popular booth with our drawing for St. Louis Cardinals tickets and Gus’s Pretzels (a St. Louis favorite). 

The Price is Right
From time to time the NextGen staff holds team building fun events. This year the entire staff was invited to join in a fun evening of food and games by attending The Price is Right Live. Even though nobody from our office was chosen to be a contestant on the show, it was a lot of fun to cheer on the other contestants and spend time together outside of the office.

Race for the Cure
In June,  some of the NextGen staff, along with their families, came together to participate in the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Annual Race for the Cure. It was a lot of fun to join over 51,000 people to help fight breast cancer!
 NextGen races for a cure

United Way Partnership
This year, NextGen partnered with the United Way for several events throughout the year. Over the summer, NextGen and Michael Kors teamed up to put on an event for St. Louis female professionals, called Purses With a Purpose.  Female professionals from the area enjoyed champagne, cheesecake, and enjoyed great Michael Kors merchandise while benefitting the United Way Women's Business Council.

NextGen also partnered with the United Way to help benefit the Kingdom House. Staff members spent an afternoon helping in the consignment shop and food pantry. The staff also held a food, clothing, and toy drive to benefit the Kingdom House and St. Louis Food Bank- we ended up raising over $6000 of goods!

NextGen staff helps to sort the canned goods we collected

2012 was certainly a busy year for NextGen. We can't wait to see what 2013 has in store!

NextGen Nears Top of the List for Local Minority-Owned Businesses

NextGen is steadily moving up the rankings of top minority-owned businesses in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Business Journal recently announced their annual list of top women and minority-owned businesses. This year, NextGen was ranked 3rd in local minority-owned businesses. Moving up from the number 4 spot in 2010, the company made over $79 million in revenue in 2011.

All of the staff here at NextGen are proud of our growth and look forward to continue growing in the future!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

NextGen Founder in the News

This past week, NextGen founder and President Carmen Jacob was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal.The article highlighted Carmen's accomplishments in the IT industry and shared how she became so successful. We are honored to have a President who worked so hard to get to where she is! The full article can be seen on the St. Louis Business Journal's website here.

This weekend, Carmen was also on hand to represent NextGen at the Inaugural Marine Corps Scholarship St. Louis Awards Dinner. Among those honored were David Farr, Chariman and CEO of Emerson, and George Roman, Vice President of State and Local Government Operations at Boeing. NextGen is proud to be a part of honoring those who have served our country and made a difference in the community.

Carmen Jacob with some of the Marines being honored at the Awards Dinner.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NextGen Attends MSDC Gala

This past weekend, the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council held their annual Awards Gala. Some of NextGen's staff attended the event at the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoyed the honor of being nominated for an award. The theme at this year's event was "The Power of One". NextGen is proud to be a Minority Owned Business and enjoys supporting other locally owned and minority owned businesses in the community.

NextGen founder Carmen Jacob, Vice President Lori Eaton and Manager Kristina Wilson with Kim Applebaum of Monsanto

Monday, December 3, 2012

NextGen Gives Back

Everyone at NextGen is getting in the holiday spirit this year. This past week, NextGen partnered with the United Way to spend the day volunteering at the Kingdom House in St. Louis. Employees got to spend time touring the facility, working in the consignment shop, and sorting food for the food pantry. We had a lot of fun meeting some of the employees at Kingdom House and putting together outfits in the store!

Some of NextGen's employees sorting food in the pantry

Employees working in the consignment shop

All of us at NextGen are extremely thankful to Kingdom House for letting us come help out! For more information on the great things the Kingdom House is doing in the St. Louis community, visit their website at

Friday, November 16, 2012

Local Business Leaders Awarded for their Success

NextGen founder Carmen Jacob was on hand at the Salute to Excellence in Business Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis yesterday. The event was sponsored by the St. Louis American Foundation, St. Louis RCGA, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Minority leaders in the community were honored for their efforts to improve regional economic growth.

 Carmen Jacob with Katie Kaufmann of the St. Louis Regional Business Council

Carmen Jacob with Cleo Ball of Save-a-Lot and Arvetta Powell of Build-A-Bear

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Friday, November 9, 2012

NextGen Staff Gather to Hear New Opportunities and Plan for the Future

This week, NextGen's entire staff got together at the St. Louis headquarters. Team members arrived from Denver, Chicago, and Florida to discuss the past year and make goals for the next year. We’re really excited to open up more opportunities for skilled professionals around the country, to continue growing closer with our existing clients, and to begin working with new clients. 

 NextGen staff work on creative new ways to better serve our clients and employees.

As this year comes to a close, NextGen would love to hear about your goals and plans for the next year! Keep following NextGen through our blog and social media pages to see what's new with NextGen.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

St. Louis’ Premiere Staffing, Recruiting, Consulting Firm Celebrates 15 years of Success and Launch of Their New Brand!

St. Louis, Mo – Nov.5, 2012---NextGen Information Services, Inc., a staffing, recruiting and consulting firm specializing in IT recruiting, is celebrating its 15 year anniversary, downtown business partnerships, and dedication to diversity. NextGen and their partners will celebrate with a special fundraising event, beginning at 5 pm, Nov. 8th, at 906 Olive Street, in the Frisco Building. Numerous business leaders from St. Louis will gather to help commemorate NextGen’s history of success and the firm’s commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as to St. Louis businesses and local charities. The reception includes a gallery showcase of St. Louis artists, where art can be bought and a percentage of the proceeds will go to St. Patrick Center, the South City Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSAG) and the United Way. Representatives from these organizations will also be in attendance.  

Carmen Jacob, a native of Guatemala who came to the United States in 1972 and President of NextGen, will speak to about 100 guests regarding the company’s commitment to diversity in the workplace. NextGen is a Certified Minority and Woman Owned Enterprise and has received numerous awards throughout the years by Inc. Magazine,, and the St. Louis Business Journal for their efforts and achievements. Lori Eaton, NextGen’s Vice President, will also introduce the firm’s unique new business platform, logo, branding efforts and pledge to “all things St. Louis.” According to Eaton, “About a year ago we were looking to expand and move our offices and made the corporate decision to stay in St. Louis and specifically downtown. We are thrilled with that choice and excited about our work with our large clients, the emerging IT organizations and small businesses now in St. Louis, as well as our increased support of St. Louis charities.”  

The evening will feature local artists, live music by the Dave Becherer Trio, and international harpist Eileen Gannon, with several of the artists “going live” on display working on specific pieces.

NextGen is a national IT and professional staffing, recruiting, and consulting firm providing business solutions to the newest technology challenges for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and local startup organizations. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered here with satellite offices in Atlanta, Denver, and Chicago. The firm generates $70+ million in revenue and boasts more than 300 consultants within 35 markets throughout the country.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Biodegradable Computers: The Future of Technology?

Silk doesn’t absorb or emit light at the visible and infrared frequencies used in conventional telecommunications and optical information technology. So to make it into a fully working laser medium, one needs to add substances that do. Organic dyes (carbon-based molecules) are already widely used, dispersed in a liquid solvent or in some solid matrix, to make dye lasers. The researchers figured they could mix such a dye into silk. They used one called stilbene, which is water-soluble and closely related to chemical compounds found in plants and used as textile brighteners.

Nerve support
In collaboration with Stefano Toffanin and coworkers at the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials in Bologna, Italy, Omenetto and colleagues etched a series of grooves about a quarter of a micrometre wide on the surface of a slice of silicon, which act as a mirror for the bluish-purple light that stilbene emits. They then covered this with a layer of silk spiced with the dye, and found that when they pumped this structure with ultraviolet light, it emitted light with the characteristic signature of lasers: an intense beam with a very narrow spread in frequency.
Making the device on silicon means that it could potentially be controlled electronically and merged with conventional chip circuitry. But that’s not essential – silk-based circuits and devices could be laid down on other materials, perhaps on cheap, flexible and degradable plastics.
This isn’t the first time that biological materials have been used to make lasers. For example, in 2002 a team in Japan made one using films of DNA infused with organic dyes. And last year, two researchers in the US and Korea made lasers from living cells engineered to produce a fluorescent protein found naturally in a species of jellyfish. But the attraction of silk is that it is cheap, easy to process, biodegradable and already used to make a range of other light-based devices.
There might be even more dramatic possibilities. Recently, Omenetto and colleagues showed that silk is a good support for growing neurons, the cells that communicate nerve signals in the nervous system and the brain. This leads them to speculate that silk might mediate between optical and electronic technology and our nervous system, for example by bringing light sources intimately close to nerve cells for imaging them, or perhaps even developing circuitry that can transmit signals across damaged nerves.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Diverse Business Leaders 2012

NextGen was on hand to honor Anthony Gonzalez-Angel as he was recognized as a 2012 Diverse Business Leader of the St. Louis area by the St. Louis Business Journal, along with eighteen other business leaders who give their companies a competitive edge.

NextGen's Carmen Jacob with Matt Ceresia of the St. Louis Business Journal.

NextGen's Lori Eaton with Ameren's J. P. Keating and Gonzalez Companies' Carlos Huddleston

Jorge Riopedre of Casa De Salud, Tony Moldano of Puckett Floor Covering and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, with Carmen Jacob, NextGen's CEO.

NextGen loves being part of a diverse community and looks forward to working with other business leaders around the country to promote diversity and growth.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Anniversary! A Letter from Our Founder

September 5, 2012

Today we celebrate fifteen years of success!!!

NextGen Information Services, Inc., was incorporated on September 5, 1997, and has grown into a multi-million dollar recruiting, consulting, and staffing organization. We have been recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of the United States’ fastest-growing private companies, most recently in the 2012 Inc. 5000. We have also been recognized for our dedication to workplace diversity by We continue to develop strong relationships with Fortune 500 companies, national and regional firms, and local businesses so that we can bring the best opportunities to highly-skilled professionals all over the country.

While these are great accomplishments, our journey has only begun!

As we celebrate a vibrant past and position ourselves for the next exciting steps in our journey, we would like to take this opportunity to reinforce our corporate branding: Our branding success starts with you. You are often the first impression someone has of our company --- a reinforcement of our customer commitment and the solutions we deliver. Clearly, we are only as good as our people. 

Over the last six months, NextGen has transformed into a new company: we have many new staff members working alongside veteran recruiters to connect niche job openings to the best talent, we are days away from launching a new website that will have helpful information for job seekers and clients, along with a new brand and web presence, and we’ve refocused our sights on finding top talent and supporting them well

For updates and to stay connected we invite you to check us out on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+! Also, stop by the NextGen blog to let us know how the last fifteen years have shaped your career and what you’re looking for next.

Thank you for helping NextGen grow! We’re looking forward to another fifteen years of working together to find success, good work-life balance, and a positive impact on the communities around us!

With great appreciation,

Maria Del Carmen Jacob

Maria Del Carmen Jacob
Founder and President
NextGen Information Services, Inc.