Liberty Tech is now a Full Time Pearson VUE Testing Center
January 26th, 2013
Beginning on February 1st, Liberty Technology will be expanding its hours for the Pearson VUE testing center. Originally testing was only available for three hour periods, three days per week. Now, testers will be able to schedule appointment times for Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am until 5pm.
In addition, Liberty has created a new admission station in the downstairs showroom to make check-ins easier and more efficient. Brittany Cobb has renewed her Pearson VUE CTA (Certified Test Administrator). Drew Dutton is also a newly certified CTA.
Drew Dutton and Brittany Cobb with their certificates
Pearson VUE is the leading provider of computer-based testing solutions for IT, academic, government, and professional testing programs, such as nursing. Liberty Technology is proud to be a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center offering tests from 76 different exam sponsers.
Liberty kicked off the year by joining the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and hosting our first event in the area. On Tuesday, January 15th, we headed to Frank's at the Old Mill on Highway 54 to enjoy a great lunch, some networking, and spreading valuable information on how Cloud technology can work for local business owners. We were joined by a few Cisco and Ingram partners who helped with the presentation. Lunch was fantastic, and it was great to meet some local members of the Fayette community. We look forward to providing great service and products to businesses in the area. We will be seeing more of you, Fayette County!
Proud to be new Chamber Members!
Carol Wright, Data Center TSE, and Tony Clough, Market Development Manager for Ingram Micro-Cisco Business Unit, flew down from Buffalo, NY to help host the event.
Ben Johnson, Liberty's fearless leader, getting ready to begin the presentation.
The food was FANTASTIC. Thank you, Frank's staff!
Last but not least....We definitely recommend the cannoli.
Ben, Carol, Tony, and Steve Crimmons, our Cisco partner rep, did an overview on how Cloud technology is being used for small and medium business and how Cisco products can make it possible.
Big Congrats to Erik Kopp of Lifetouch National School Studios. Erik was the lucky winner who took home a 64 gig iPad mini!
More events are already being planned, so stay tuned to our website and follow us on Facebook for registration information. Thanks to everyone who participated!
During the holidays, and all through the year, Liberty employees try to spread the love and help out in the community. Ashley Green, manager, spent some time ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Next year, we are hoping for a Santa suit, too! Thanks for being an inspiration and a great citizen, Ashley!
Liberty Tech Hosts CiscoTelepresence Lunch and Learn
September 5, 2012
On Tuesday, August 21st, Liberty Technology teamed up with Cisco distributor and partner KBZ to demonstrate the power of Telepresence. Patti Inglett, Strategic Account Manager for KBZ led the presentation live, along with Jeff Nicoll, South Regional Director, who joined us via video from his home office in North Carolina. Several other KBZ staff were also on hand from various parts of the country. Patti, Jeff and the others explained the technology, usage, video conferencing etiquette and the benefits of being able to see the people participating in your meetings rather than hosting conference calls or acquiring unneccesary travel expenses
Lunch was catered by MillTowne Gourmet of Griffin. KBZ gave away two HD Cisco cameras to participants and Amanda Rose was the winner of the iPad 3 donated by Liberty Technology. The information shared at the event was beneficial to all of those in attendence. With a vastly assorted group of industries present, all were able to better understand how Cisco Telepresence would benefit the growth of their businesses.
Thank you to our sponsers, hosts, and participants! To make sure you recieve invitations to upcoming technology events, please email Heather Beauchamp at Heather@libertytech.net.
Earlier this month, Ben was sworn into the Spalding County Board of Elections by Judge Simonton in Griffin. Being on the Board grants jurisdiction over the conduct of primaries, elections, and voter registration in Spalding County.
Ben named to SMB 150!
July 12, 2102
SMB Nation and SMB Technology Network recently presented the 2nd annual SMB 150 Awards, and none of us were surprised to see our own Ben Johnson on the list. A well deserved honor, the SMB 150 recognizes the top business leaders who make it a point to give back, pay it forward, and inspire others to do the same. Congrats, Ben!
July 12, 2012
Back in December, Ben Johnson was featured on the Cisco blog in an article by Anna Sui. Ben offers his thoughts on OnPlus, Cisco's cloud based service that is streamlining IT management for it's clients.
Imagine being alerted of a customer’s network issue at your son’s baseball game. Now imagine being able to fix that issue between innings, before the customer even becomes aware of it.
That’s the power of OnPlus, a new managed service Cisco is announcing today to help VARs easily and affordably provide network assessment, management, and advisory services to their small business customers. This new service provides VARs with a cost-effective, scalable business model for those beginning to establish their managed services practice.
So what does this really mean for our channel partners?
If you ask Liberty Technology President and Cisco certified partner Ben Johnson, he’d say that, “Liberty Technology focuses on making technology easy for both consumers and businesses. With Cisco OnPlus, you’re able to get a more complete, 360 degree picture of your customer’s network. We’ve used OnPlus in a number of scenarios, from doing network surveys to quickly troubleshooting and identifying problems with customer’s networks, which has greatly saved us time and of course money.”
Read the full article here.
Liberty Welcomes New Staff Members
Griffin, GA - July 18, 2012
This month we are welcoming new faces to our Liberty team! Pictured from left to right, Heather Beauchamp is heading up marketing as well as continuing to work with Kitchen Drawer Magazine. Allison Hieney is coming on board as sales assistant to Ben Johnson. Andrea Goodsell is joining the Operations department. These new additions actually increase Liberty's staff by about 18% which is great growth. Welcome to the team!
Griffin, GA – January 16, 2012
LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY WINS THE LON TOUCHSTONE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
“The past few years have certainly been challenging,” said Liberty Technology owner, Ben Johnson. However, 2012 certainly started out with a high for the small business, which was selected for the Lon Touchstone Small Business Award sponsored by Spalding Regional Medical Center. This award, presented by “repeat customer” and CEO of Spalding Regional, John Quinn, is presented to a chamber business of 15 employees or less and recognizes active participation in the Chamber and community by making the area a better place to live and work.
“We just try to treat our clients how we would want to be treated,” said Johnson, in his acceptance speech. “You truly do get back what you give. I’m thankful that we live in a community that recognizes that.”
Nominated by Eddie L. Freeman, Chairman of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners, Liberty Technology “more than exceeds” the requirements for the award by giving generously of their time and efforts to advocate for commerce and tourism the local area by participating and hosting chamber and other events and by encouraging employee involvement in civic clubs, local non-profits, and community organizations. Over these past 3 years, Liberty Technology has shown tremendous growth by creating 14 full time positions in downtown Griffin in a hot industry and provides a great place to work for the determined staff that is always eager to help.
“It is the abiding and unshakable desire to make a positive difference in our corner of the world that leads me to believe you could not find a better candidate for the Lon Touchstone Small Business Award”, wrote Chairman Freeman.
There is no doubt that Liberty Technology will continue to see growth and success in 2012!
Griffin, GA – January 5,2012-
Liberty Technology today announced that it has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, to provide Information Technology certification test delivery using the Pearson VUE® Testing System. The Pearson VUE advanced computer-based testing system administers exams for leading IT certification programs such as Cisco®, CompTIA®, Citrix®, Novell® and others through a global network of quality test centers.
“We’re very excited about our new partnership with Pearson VUE, we hope this will make certification easier for Technicians in our region” said Nicole Scibetta. “The Pearson VUE Testing System is the most powerful available. We’re pleased to partner with a company whose breakthrough technology and passion for service will allow us to provide even greater service for our customers.”
Among the technological advances of the Pearson VUE system is the ability of test candidates to register and reschedule their tests at the test center, on the Pearson VUE website or through a Pearson VUE call center, all in real time via the Internet. “The Pearson VUE Testing System gives us unparalleled control and flexibility over our ability to manage our business our way,” added <your company spokesperson>. “With so many options, we will be able to experiment with testing hours and number of testing stations. We can easily offer same-day testing, or bring testing to our customers’ locations. Everyone benefits.”
The growing list of IT certification tests accessible through the Pearson VUE system are delivered directly from the test sponsors. Test results are quickly transmitted back, ensuring the candidate’s certification status is promptly updated.
Raymond Murray, executive director and general manager of the global IT business segment for Pearson VUE said, “We are proud to welcome Liberty Technology to the rapidly growing global network of Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers, providing candidates with an opportunity to participate in a positive, rewarding test experience.”
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.
Las Vegas, NV - September 30, 2011
Ben Johnson of Liberty Technology participated in a Cisco OnPlus Panel Discussion during the Welcome Address at SMB Nation Fall Conference. As a Cisco Partner, and OnPlus user Liberty Technology was also featured in a video about new managed services opportunities on Cisco's website. View here, and watch the video below. To find out more about SMB Nation click over to our blog.
Griffin, GA — April 5, 2011
For Immediate Release
Ten Internationally-Acclaimed Leaders Speak At Liberty Technology Griffin, GA
Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of eleven internationally-acclaimed leaders by attending the Chick-fil-A Leadercast at Liberty Technology in Griffin, GA on May 6, 2011.
The Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership training event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Griffin, GA. Speakers for the event include:
- Seth Godin, Entrepreneur, marketing expert, & best-selling author of 12 books including "Linchpin"
- Robin Roberts, Anchor of ABC's Emmy-winning show, "Good Morning America"
- John Maxwell, Leadership expert & best-selling author of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”
- Dave Ramsey, Personal money-management expert, national radio personality, and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover
- Sir Ken Robinson, Best-Selling author & leader in the development of creativity, innovation & human resources
- Dan Cathy, President & COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.
- Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company
- Suzy Welch, Best-selling author, television commentator, and noted business journalist
- Mack Br own, Head coach of the Texas Longhorns, 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year
- Erin Gruwell, Founder & president of Freedom Writers Foundation
- Frans Johansson, Best-selling author of The Medici Effect
The idea for the Chick-fil-A Leadercast was conceived eleven years ago by Dr. John C. Maxwell, “New York Times” best-selling author and speaker. He wanted to combine his influential voice in the community with his desire to reach leaders at the heart level.
What started out as a half day, classroom-format event with John Maxwell teaching has since become a full day, experiential conference featuring 11 authors, leadership experts and practitioners.
"The event was a highlight in my development,” said Jennifer Boubel, director of field services for Continental Airlines. “Each speaker brought insights that were inspiring. It is an incredible way to improve upon our leadership so that in turn we can make a difference in the lives of those we influence."
This year’s program will focus on how individuals and teams can use their voices to create positive change at work, at home and in the community. The speakers will speak on subjects such as leading based on respect and relationship rather than rights and position, the difference between dynamic leadership and mediocre management, creating a culture of servanthood and innovation, how to provide exceptional customer service and the keys to unlocking creativity in your workplace.
“Leadership is about who you are within,” said Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and author of “True North.” “I think people don’t get that. I think it’s important to come and listen to leaders to reflect on the kind of leader you want to become.”
For more information about the Chick-fil-A Leadercast, visit www.chick-fil-aleadercast.com. For local ticketing information, call 770-229-9424 or Click here for tickets.
Griffin, GA — January 13, 2011
Cisco’s SBEE is an exclusive group of Cisco partners that have unprecedented access to Cisco Executives and Senior Management Teams. Out of over 50,000 partners, there are only 36 SBEE members. Cisco Executives and Senior Management Teams meet with SBEE Members twice a year to encourage quality, interactive dialogue on the development of Small Business Products, Solutions, Services, Marketing Programs, Tools and Initiatives. The true value of the Advisory Board, however, is the opportunity to influence Cisco's overall strategy and future direction in the Small Business Segment with a significant emphasis on Partner growth and profitability.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to sit on the SBEE board,” says Ben Johnson. “It opens the door for influencing and contributing to Cisco strategies and product development, but it will also allow Liberty Technology to enhance our offerings by having direct input on the direction of future Cisco Small Business products, as well as offering our clients a competitive advantage by having insider information on the latest solutions from Cisco for business. It’s refreshing to see a company the size of Cisco reaching out at the executive level to their partners like this and it is indicative of the intense commitment to pursuing excellence that we share. ”
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Griffin, GA — November 3, 2010
Griffin, GA- November 3, 2010
Liberty Technology announces former Spalding County Manager, William P. Wilson, Jr. as director of business development. Wilson will drive strategic development, extend and retain clientele and assist in achieving revenue goals for Liberty.
Wilson brings over 24 years of business experience to Liberty Technology. He is a lifelong resident of Spalding County and a 1977 graduate of Griffin Academy. Wilson spent his college years at Mercer University in Macon where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics in 1981. Wilson was hired by Spalding County in September 1985 and has served in several positions with the county of the past 24 years, including Finance Director, Deputy County Manager as well as County Manager from 2000 to 2009.
"Liberty Technology is excited to welcome William Wilson on board. His unique mix of skills in business management, consulting and operations as well as his enthusiasm for business challenges will be a valuable asset to Liberty," said Ben Johnson, owner of Liberty Technology. "William will be a great representative for the company, not only in providing a higher level of service for existing customers, but also in establishing the basis for new customer relationships."
Griffin, GA — September 9, 2010
Griffin, GA- September 9, 2010 - Technology changes at the speed of light. Liberty Technology understands the evolving needs of our clients and invests heavily in training and educational opportunities for all of our employees, from interns to owner.
We are proud to announce that after much training, Ben Johnson and Denise Balentine are now Cisco Certified Account Managers, while Stephan Berna is a Cisco Certified Service Engineer. by attaining these individual goals, Liberty Technology has met the resource requirements for Cisco Small Business Specialization and Cisco Select Certification, demonstrating that we are highly qualified to provide Small to Medium Businesses with the entire portfolio of Cisco solutions from Phone systems, switches and routers to video surveillance and network security.
We have furthered the depths of our Microsoft expertise by Stephan Berna and Josh Presley both attaining the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist designation.
General Manager, Ashley Green graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters in Business Administration.
Bench technician Randle Rivers is now CompTIA A+ certified proving competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.
We are proud of our employees and look forward to serving you on your next technology purchase!
Griffin, GA — July 7, 2010
— Liberty Technology of Griffin, GA, today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program, recognizing Liberty Technology’s expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Liberty Technology has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
What the means for Liberty’s customers: the primary focus of Liberty Technology is to design, source and implement project solutions such as Microsoft Server, SQL Server, Exchange,Enterprise Project Management (EPM), SharePoint, as well as application development within the .NET framework. As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Liberty Technology had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.
Griffin, GA — June 24, 2010
Ben Johnson, owner of Liberty Technology in Griffin recently became Low Voltage Unrestricted certified. Denise Balentine, product manager is now been certified as a QuickBooks Enterprise Advisor and Intuit Point-of-Sale and one of our technicians, Andrew Bush is now an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician.