SOURCE: Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch, Inc.

May 16, 2011 13:19 ET

Seeking to Maintain 'Real Culture' in Virtual Business, Lexington Company Underwrites Elegant Florida 20th Anniversary Gathering for 485 Employees, Friends, Families

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Data files, networks and messages. Eleven offices. It's a virtual business at Ipswitch, Inc. But for four days this week, company founder and CEO Roger C. Greene says the business will be real, and social -- in Florida.

This fall -- Sept. 12 -- Ipswitch will mark 20 years in business. On Thursday, some 485 people -- almost all of the private company's employees, plus invited friends and family -- will converge on one of the nation's most elegant resort hotels for a four-day celebration of the past two decades -- and face-to-face chances to talk about the fast-growing company's future.

Greene sees the time, travel and tab at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., as an investment in Ipswitch's employees and company culture. "It's intended to bring us closer as an organization through both formal and informal time together," says Greene, 53, who founded Ipswitch in his apartment in 1991 with less than $100,000, and no banking or venture-capital support. Growth was funded internally.

As Ipswitch has grown organically and by acquisitions -- to almost 300 employees, five U.S. and six worldwide offices and affiliates -- Greene and top managers have sought to maintain a sense of community and teamwork.

Will the Florida trip help? Ipswitch managers hope so. Employees are being encouraged to publicly "tweet," blog and photograph the experience. Enterprise customers have been asked to understand there will be two days of limited support (although a support "command center" and hotlines are being set up in the hotel).

"Throughout the weekend, you will get the opportunity to meet or catch up with the people you usually work with via e-mail and telephone," Greene wrote in an email to employees in February. "There will be plenty of down time between scheduled events and activities at which kids are welcome."

The Florida trip isn't the first off-site teambuilding effort for Ipswitch. Ten years ago, when it was a much smaller company, Greene took everyone on a sea cruise. Longtime employees still talk about it. Now, while celebrating in Florida, Greene's team is working to manage the growth, maintain a close relationship with customers and communities, and welcome new employees and acquisitions.

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Founded in 1991, privately held Ipswitch, Inc. is headquartered in Lexington, Mass., with research and development and sales offices in Georgia, Michigan, Utah and Wisconsin, and distributors, resellers and OEMs in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Millions of people worldwide use Ipswitch software to securely transfer files, manage IT infrastructures and communicate via messaging. The practical software works easily for network administrators, managers and users in organizations of all sizes.

Ipswitch has been recognized repeatedly for its commitment to give five percent of profits to charity through its iCare program. It does this partly by matching employees' own donations and by giving each employee $500 for charitable gifts. It focuses the company's own giving primarily on services which benefit youth and teens, both local to Ipswitch' s 11 offices and around the world. By 2007, the company recorded $1 million in cumulative giving to more than 100 charities and is now past $2.5 million. On May 3, for the second year in a row, Ipswitch was named one of the best places in Boston to work by the Boston Business Journal.

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A version of the Ipswitch wordmark logo, for news use only, may be downloaded from:
http://www.ipswitch.com/images/wordmark.jpg

A more detailed version of this release, with graphics, may be accessed at:
http://www.ipswitch.com/icare/news/ipswitch-news-20-trip

To follow Ipswitch's charitable-support program go to:
http://icare.ipswitch.com and http://www.ipswitch.com/blog/icare/

A downloadable photo of Roger C. Greene, company CEO/founder is available at:
http://www.newshare.com/ipswitch-roger-c-greene.jpg

Contact Information

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
    Laurie Azaria Klausner
    Vice President, Global Marketing
    T. 781.676.5847
    lklausner@ipswitch.com

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