What’s going on in our world? Well, since you asked …

Boston Software is a lot like your agency. We’re a small business or, depending on how look at it, a large family, with different types and personalities all squeezed under the same roof. Here’s some staff news all squeezed into one post:

Jim Barry, our intrepid Project Manager, retired from Boston Software as of Jan. 1.  Jim was a key hire for us when we made the commitment to Real-Time Rating during the Managed Competition madness.  He facilitated Real-Time Rating implementations with carriers and made sure they were completed well.  He was professional and yet playful.  That’s a hard combination to pull off, yet Jim did it.  He was always the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave. Every morning he made the coffee for the office and made the rounds to wish us all a good morning. The place doesn’t feel the same without him.  Hopefully, your office has someone like Jim to set the tone.

Here is a picture of a t-shirt we made in his honor, with one of Jim’s comical sayings:

We added two new people to our staff over the last couple months.  Brianna Carbonaro is our new Administrative Assistant.  A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Brianna has experience in real estate and law.  She’s an avid skier and once met Lady Gaga on the beach in Cape Cod. 

Mary Schaffer is our new Business Analyst. Before joining Boston Software, Mary worked at ADP and Fidelity.  During the warmer months Mary loves to garden and grow her own vegetables and plants.

Terry Peterson, Tech Support extraordinaire, reached his 16 year anniversary here at Boston Software – hard to believe so much time has passed. It’s downright mind-bending! 

At our annual company party in January, we kicked things off by challenging ourselves to an Escape Room.  Have you ever done one?  It was new to us.  Here’s the write-up from the Escape Room website:

“You are trapped in a room.  As you look around you start to notice strange objects and messages – or are they clues? – hidden around the room.  Can you and your team solve the puzzles, decode the locks, and escape within one hour?”

Do you think you could figure your way out of the room?  We all thought we could.  Guess what?  None of us could!  That’s extra sad because our annual bonuses depended on whether we could escape the room.  Here are a couple pics of some of us afterwards: