ABG Capital Holds Company 5k Run/Walk on Montour Trail

At ABG Capital, there is a short list of what we take very seriously amidst our ping pong, arcade machine, and scotch cart breaks. Near the top of that list is the Health and Wellness of our team. We are always looking for new ways to increase our staff members’ access to healthy choices around the office. We play quarterly sporting events, serve healthy lunches, publish a Weekly Wellness E-blast and encourage the whole office to take a daily break at 2:00 p.m. to get outside and get some fresh air. Continue reading

Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Cherie Steffen

Welcome to another Motivational Monday! As we mentioned last week, this is our final feature in the series. We hope you’ve enjoyed these posts that showcased the journeys of Tim, Justin, Erica, Jeff, and Jerry, and have taken away some great tips and ideas to share at your office or in your own life!

Today, we’re introducing you to our Communications Specialist Cherie Steffen. Yes, it’s me! I’ve been with ABG Capital for seven months now and couldn’t be happier to have found such an amazing company and group of people who value health and wellness. They don’t just talk about it; they are about it. Like you, some of them don’t know my story, so let’s get into the whys and hows of my health and wellness transformation.

Health and Wellness Transformation . Cherie Steffen . ABG Capital Blog

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Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Jerry Eddy

Welcome to another Motivational Monday! We truly hope you’ve been enjoying these wellness transformation stories we featured this month–we only have a couple left!

Many of us know it can be difficult to make healthy food choices or lace up those sneakers and get out the door. Our hope in featuring our fellow employees who have gone on successful journeys is to show you that it CAN be done–bite by bite and step by step, making little changes and committing to living a healthy life.

But a “healthy” life is not always centered on weight loss. Sure, our last couple of transformation stories like that of Tim, Justin, Erica, and Jeff, focused on dropping body weight. But the story of our Director of Development Jerry Eddy, is a little bit different. Jerry’s journey is that of traveling down the road of wellness. Keep reading as we introduce you to the health and wellness transformation of Jerry Eddy.

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Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Jeff Tapolci

Hello everyone! We’re back with another Motivational Monday inspirational post for you. Why and what kind of inspiration, you ask? Well, in case you missed the previous three posts featuring Tim, Justin, & Erica, we’ve been spotlighting a few team members here at ABG Capital and our portfolio companies, such as VoIP Innovations, who have gone on amazing health, wellness, and fitness journeys. After all, we are a group of people who tend to play hard and strive for an active lifestyle, so this ties right into our culture!

This week, we are featuring the heartbeat of our company, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Tapolci! Nowadays, arriving at the office fresh from an early morning gym session, to sitting down at the lunch table where Jeff eats portioned, nutritional and colorful meals, we see him as a focused, dedicated man embracing his healthy lifestyle. But it wasn’t always this way…Follow along as we share the health and wellness transformation of Jeff Tapolci!

Before and After Weightloss Jeff Tapolci

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Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Erica Penrod

Happy Motivational Monday! If you follow us on any of our social media pages, you’ll know that we are are a company that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit, whether that’s from a new employee in his or her first month, a manager, or all the way up to the CEO. But we don’t only strive for that inside the office; it’s something we like for you to carry into your personal lives. If you think about it, what’s more entrepreneurial than going out on your own on a personal wellness journey? It’s scary, it can be frustrating, you may doubt yourself a thousand times, and it carries great risk. But if those risks, pay off…watch out!

They definitely paid off for Tim and Justin, VoIP Innovations’ employees we featured the past two weeks. This week is no different. Let us introduce you to ABG Capital Controller, Erica Penrod. Erica took the risk and committed to living a healthier lifestyle. Fellow employees watched her transform before their eyes in just under a year. So how did she do it? Check out her health and wellness transformation!

Weight Loss Success Story

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Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Justin Sparks

Hello everyone and Happy Motivational Monday! Our company is one that strives for a good balance of work and play and truly supports being active inside and outside of work. As we mentioned last week, we’ve had quite a few staff members decide for their own personal reasons to take this all a step further and really commit to being fit. They’ve gone on very successful health and wellness body transformation journeys and it started to have the rest of us asking, “How did you do it?”

So last Monday on our blog, we decided to kick off something new. We featured our very first body transformation story, that of VoIP Innovations Lead Engineer Tim Linn, and we’re continuing this week with another.

Let’s check out our second health and wellness transformation story and introduce you to GlobalPOPs and VoIP Innovations Network Operations Technician, Justin Sparks!

Before and After Weight Loss Picture Justin Sparks

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Health and Wellness Transformation: The Journey of Tim Linn

Around here, we believe that healthy employees equal happy employees. Striving for a good balance of work hard and play hard, we have many active company-wide sporting events throughout the year and have a Wellness Committee that is tasked with helping our employees organize health and wellness challenges to keep us on point. We even encourage daily active moments throughout the day whether that be playing ping pong, shuffle board, doing pull-ups or taking a stroll around the block during the Tend to You at 10 and 2 breaks.

But some of our lovely team members have gone above and beyond our company culture of being healthy, fit, and active. On their own, with sweat, determination and dogged will power, they’ve managed to go down that sometimes bumpy road of a body transformation by putting in the work, succeeding, and living to tell the tale!

Seeing as though we’ve had so many members of our staff who have been successful losing weight, maintaining it, and learning to live a healthy lifestyle, it was time to have them share the wealth. Because as any of us who have tried to lose weight before (and not succeeded) want to know, HOW DID YOU DO IT? Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll share the stories of a few of these fabulous people so you can be inspired, learn great tips, and maybe one day pay it forward with your own story of inspiration!

Our first health and wellness transformation story is that of Tim Linn, Lead Engineer for VoIP Innovations, one of our portfolio companies.

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Just another Friday at ABG

Welcome back to your weekly Just another Friday at ABG Capital! In today’s post, we’ve like to introduce some blog posts that we have coming up next week, recap some news from our Month End Company Meeting, and finally, we’d like to wrap up our Biggest Losers Challenge and announce the winners.

Let’s start off with some of the blog posts you can expect to see next week. The first post we’ll have is on preparing your business for any kind of disaster and then having a plan for recovery. Preparing your business ahead of time might mean the difference between keeping your doors open or closing them for good.

The next topic we’ll be focusing on for our blog posts will be Online Marketing Tools. Most business today are really examining what it means to be online. Their goals may start with simply creating engaging content, then move to generating qualified leads, and ultimately increasing sales. Online Marketing Tools are going to make these goals very attainable and measurable.

Today we also has our Month End Company meeting the end of July is near. Below are some of the highlights from that meeting:

  • June Employee of the Month: Paul Frye
  • July Spotlight: Kimmie Rivetti
  • Honorable Mentions: Randy Stegner and Jenn Williams
  • New Hires: Next week we’ll be welcoming two new people to the ABG Capital team; Michael Dichazi will be joining the VoIP Innovations Support Team and Ashley DelliCarpini will be joining the Inspira Customer Service Team.

ABG Capital Biggest Losers SuccessAnd now, for the most exciting part of this week’s Just another Friday at ABG Capital… The final results of our Biggest Losers Challenge! During this 8 week long competition our challengers have learning valuable information that will help them on their journeys to become healthier people. We want people to rethink the idea of going on a diet and start thinking in terms of making a lifestyle change. Doing simple things like drinking extra water, getting enough sleep, making healthier food choices and exercising more often will make a big change in your lives. If you’ve been going through this challenge with us, then we’d love to hear your results! Leave your comments in the section below! As for the results of our challenge, we’re happy to announce Nick Jenkner as the winner with an overall 6.82% total weight loss! Congratulations to everyone who took part in the challenge and we hope you continue to reach your goals.

Thanks for checking in with this week’s Just another Friday at ABG Capital. Have a great weekend!

Just another Friday at ABG

Welcome back to your Just another Friday at ABG Capital blog post! We have a few things to share before you wrap up your week. Let’s start with the blog posts that we featured this week that are sure to help you with your growing business.

Health InsuranceFor the first post on the ABG Capital blog, we talked about choosing the right health insurance plan for your small business. Have you truly evaluated the best plan for your employees? If not, we have some good news! We’ve provided you with a few options of plans that might be good for you. The biggest takeaway from this post is that you shouldn’t just settle for any ordinary health insurance plan. There are plenty out there and there’s one that perfect for you.

The second post that we featured on our blog surrounded the idea of businesses giving their employees the opportunity to participate in online education. Providing this benefit is something that every business can do, but we want you to understand some of the advantages of an online learning environment.

The last big update that we have for this Just another Friday at ABG Capital is about our Biggest Losers Challenge. Today wraps up the 7th week of the challenge and that means we only have one week left! All of the challengers are doing a fantastic job and we’re proud of everyone who has been involved and has made a change in their lives.

As you know, every week the challengers are asked to do a weekly challenge as a way to ramp up the competition a little more. Some of the challenges have been to record the minutes of exercise you’ve done all week, try a new type of exercise and even to track your Non-Scale Victories.

The challenge for week 7 was to put together everything we’ve been doing and all the tips we’ve learned. These things included getting enough rest, exercising frequently, eating fruits and veggies, avoiding junk foods and drinking plenty of water.

If you started your own Biggest Losers Challenge, we hope that you’ve seen some changes in yourself and your eating and exercising habits. We know you can accomplish your goals if you stick with it and don’t give up! If you’re finding that you keep making up excuses to get up and exercise, take a look at these motivational sayings to give you the push you need.

Hit the Gym

Just another Friday at ABG

Be happy that it’s Friday! Here are just a few quick notes from ABG Capital to help you finish out your day…

Biggest Losers Update:

Today marks the end of week 3 for our Biggest Losers challengers and they’re still going strong and not giving up. Our challenge for the week was to track movement with a pedometer or some sort of equivalent smartphone app. The goal was to reach 10,000 steps a day, but we were still giving out points for those who reach 5,000. This challenge will be extended through Monday, so there’s extra time to rack up some points! The start of this week fell right after Father’s Day and we know everyone was celebrating with parties and other weekend get-togethers. To help our challengers get back on track, we gave them 10 great tips on how to detox after some no so healthy choices they made over the weekend. Once again, we want to give Sara a huge shout out for putting all of this great information together for us!

  1. Drink Water – A LOT of water. With all the toxins built up from a weekend of campfire and grill smoke – we need a flush! Drink 2 to 3 liters a day.
  2. Wait until you’re hungry – Then eat foods that are rich in fiber, lean protein, and antioxidants. For example: Oatmeal for breakfast, dark greens and grilled salmon or chicken at lunch, and brown rice with grilled chicken and broccoli or asparagus for dinner.
  3. Exercise – The following day after indulging is the perfect day to get back on track at the gym. Endorphin’s will be flowing, sweat will be dripping and the term “Sweat it Out” has a definite truth to it!
  4. Green Tea – Try a cup a day for the next 3 days. Green tea is a great diuretic that flushes the liver and reduces inflammation.
  5. Stretch – Work on lengthening your muscles that might be stiff or stagnant from a weekend of partying. Start with your quads & hamstrings holding each stretch for 30 seconds. You’ll feel more relaxed and mobile.
  6. Avoid/Reduce Stress – Meditate for 15 minutes, try a yoga class, get a massage, laugh at something! Don’t contribute to an already worn out body, get away and do what makes you happy!
  7. Organization – Keep your mind at ease by being organized. Create a 5 day plan prioritizing what needs to get done. Don’t overdo it. Only plan to accomplish the essentials. Seeing it in front of you will relax your mind and reassure yourself that this week is going to go smoothly.

Blog Posts:

As for this week’s blog post, we had a great article that talks about the benefits of incorporating sports into your employee Health and Wellness plans. As some of you might know, we have quarterly sporting events where we take a half a day on a Friday and get out of the office. Those sports include bowling, kickball, softball and football. If you check out this article, you’ll see some tips on how employers can turn simple sports into teamwork skill builders.

Other Office News:

One project that we’ve been working on for months now is an office decoration project that has transformed our office into a space where people feel at home. Last week we finished up the final phases of this project that included a wall dedicated to our Make-A-Wish efforts, our quarterly sports and even our Scotch Friday get-togethers. Check out the pictures below!

Just another Friday at ABG Capital

Dedicated to the wishes we’ve granted over the years.

Just another Friday at ABG Capital

“Sport don’t build character, they reveal it.” John Wooden



Our main hallway.


The ABG Capital Scotch Wall.

The ABG Capital Scotch Wall.


We had people sign it to make it feel more like us!



It’s five o’clock somewhere!

Thanks for stopping by the ABG Capital blog! Have a great weekend. 🙂