Project Manager, Sara Schmitz, was honored last Wednesday with a company luncheon for her win as “2016 Renodis Employee of the Year”. She was voted EOY by her peers and here are just a few nominations showcasing why she is out of this world:

Sara has been a rock whenever she needs to jump in and help out. She is a credit to our team.

Sara goes (and goes) above and beyond to follow up on customer orders, issues, contracts, discos, installs – she rocks!

Sara is accountable and you can always count on her to get things done. She goes out of her way to help the sales rep and the customer to deliver a quality outcome. Thank you for all that you do Sara!

Sara is a shining star and always willing to help out, resolve an issue and can be counted on in ANY situation.

Sara has so much patience. She not only has this beautiful attribute of patience, but has a way of explaining that is so ‘learn-able’ and ‘down to earth’. She truly demonstrates the term “team player”.

When she had a free moment from being a Rockstar, we asked her some questions on what makes her so unique.

Q: When did you join the Renodis Team? June 2015

Q: What did you do before Renodis? Worked in the telecom industry for over 20+ years in a variety of positions

Q: How would you describe your experience at Renodis so far? Wonderful. It feels like I’ve come home.

Q: How do you or your team continue to innovate and challenge the status quo? We consult with each other and use the lessons learned internally.

Q: Where can we find you when you are not at Renodis? With my family and friends or on a new adventure.

Q: In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at Renodis so far? Thrilled, elated, gleeful.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pilot.

Q: What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success? Good old fashioned Midwestern work ethic.

Q: What do you value most in a job? The people and satisfaction of doing a great job!

Q: What is your most treasured possession? My Costco Card

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement? A great network of family and friends

Q: Have any “hidden talents”? Blowing bubble circles underwater while scuba diving.

Q: If Renodis were a TV show, which character – from any sitcom, drama or reality show (of any period) – would represent you? Mork from Ork, Mork and Mindy

Employee of the Year Sara Schmitz 2016

Not sure if she is Mork from Ork, but she does make us all laugh.

Congratulations Sara on your well-deserved employee of the year award and recognition! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

Employee of the Year Sara Schmitz 2016

2017 Inspiration from the desk of Mya Olson, Renodis Project Manager

Have you sat down to write an introduction letter to a potential client and pored over each word because the letter didn’t sound just right? Then you tweaked one word and it changed the entire feeling of the letter so it was just what you wanted — just what you had planned in your mind. One word, changed the entire feeling of the letter. The power of words is amazing.

Novelist KJ Kilton once said,

“Words have power. Their power doesn’t merely emanate from the meaning they carry, but also hidden truth they leave behind in what is left unsaid.”

You hit send on that introduction letter, receive the call that the customer wants to meet, fast forward 6 months and this once potential client is a new customer.  Now, on a semi regular basis you’re sending correspondence and hopefully with as much thoughtfulness as that first letter. This correspondence and these commitments to our clients, are sometimes all customers have to go on when they think of us.

It’s equally important that we do what we say. That when the customer (both external and internal) think of our correspondence they can rely on the message that’s delivered. If you want your customer to take you at your word, then give them the reason to do just that, make your words count.

Have I said yet, that the power of words is amazing? They give another person the opportunity to trust you, to like you, to identify with you. They give you the ability to build upon your partnership. But the power of your words has just as much influence on your personal thoughts and inner dialog as it does on the people you interact with.

Recently I was talking with a friend about our happiest moments in life. I was surprised to find out that their moment was the moment they wake up every day. They are excited at the prospect of all the good that will come from the day. Wow, that’s awesome – to wake up excited about the good that will come from each day. It got me to thinking, what words could I change to keep me excited about my day, to get me out of bed thinking positively about the prospect of my day. I realized it starts by changing one word…

By changing the word “have” to “get”, my entire outlook changes. I “get” to get out of bed; not only do I have a bed to get out of, but I am awake, and that means I am alive! I “get” to go into work; that means I have a job to go to! I “get” to draft correspondence, whether it be PM documentation, letters to end users, or stereo instructions. I “get” to use my knowledge and my words to help my customers. That feeling of giving help leads to feelings of usefulness, of stewardship, and all of this from changing one word.

George Orwell wrote in his novel, 1984,

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

The words we use are powerful. It is up to us to make them positive, useful and necessary.

As I continue in this new year, I will be thinking more about the words I write and the words I speak. After all, the words I use can leave a lasting impact on who they are spoken to, or merely thought, either good or bad. They can make or break an introduction, strengthen or harm a relationship, accelerate or kill my career but most importantly words have the power to change my outlook about every day that I “get” to wake up.

With over 18 years of telecom experience, Mya Olson has been a part of several world class organizations and filled multiple different roles. These roles include: Major Account Executive with one of the nation’s largest telecom providers and, IT Manager for a multi-national chain managing new business implementation from conception to test and turn up. At Renodis she brings her industry knowledge and experience together to serve her clients as Project Manager. In addition to Operations Director in the Olson household, where her 3 girls share the responsibility of CEO and her Farming husband is CFO, Mya enjoys teaching Yoga to her small community in rural South Dakota. If you have questions or comments related to this post, please contact her at

We have smart people working at Renodis and they have contributed greatly to the success of the company. By featuring our employees, we offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into our company culture and the people who power our business. This month’s Employee Spotlight is Brian Dykhuizen, Mobility Manager at Renodis.

Meet Brian.


Name: Brian Dykhuizen

Title: Mobility Manager

What did you do before Renodis? I started in Telecom in 1999 with Nextel in Colorado taking several different positions, then returned home to Minnesota in 2003 as a Wireless Field Support Representative. 

When did you join the Renodis Team? I left Sprint in 2011 and joined Renodis in March of 2012. 

In three adjectives, how would you describe your experience at Renodis so far? Enlightening, Inspiring, and fast-paced

Favorite mobile gadget  The Samsung Galaxy S III

What do you most like about your work? Learning, mastering, teaching, and impressing clients.

How do you or your team continue to innovate and challenge the status quo? We continue to train and compile training materials for constantly evolving mobile technologies.  We pay close attention to the wants and needs of our mobility clients and educate ourselves in an effort to support them.

Do you have a thought-leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why? The late Steve Jobs.  He was a real-life Willy Wonka, whose focus on the user experience raised the stakes in mobility and forced his competitors to evolve or get out of the way.

What are you most looking forward to in the years ahead as you continue your work at Renodis? I really want to see how support for our clients is transformed with the changing mobile workforce.   In the last ten years, mobile devices have accelerated the speed and versatility of business communications.  With the explosion of mobile devices, we are learning how to secure corporate information on these devices while reducing expenses.

Where can we find you when you are not at Renodis? Working in my garage, kayaking, biking, skiing and enjoying what makes the Twin Cities a great place to live.