Smartware Group Inc. Recognizes Employee With First Annual “Spirit of Bob” Award

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Award honors former Smartware Group support specialist, celebrates employee achievements

Smartware Group, Inc., producer of the cloud-based Bigfoot CMMS, announced today the recipient of its inaugural annual employee recognition award. Adam Buehne, an in-house consultant with Smartware Group, was selected to receive the “Spirit of Bob” Award for his dedication and contributions to the company.

The “Spirit of Bob” Award acknowledges a Smartware Group employee who embodies Bob Peelstrom’s spirit and the company’s values. The award considers various traits including unrivaled dedication, a passion for learning, outside-the-box thinking and vocal contribution. Both clients and fellow co-workers submitted nominations for the award by providing detailed descriptions of how their nominee best embodies the criteria.

“We established the ‘Spirit of Bob’ Award to not only commemorate a beloved and valuable former member of the Smartware Group team, but also to celebrate the achievements and innovation of our employees,” said Paul Lachance, president of Smartware Group. “Adam was a natural choice to be the inaugural recipient of the award, and his nominations speak to the caliber of his contributions to our company.”

The “Spirit of Bob” Award was established last year in memory of former Smartware Group employee Robert A. Peelstrom, Jr., who worked as a documentation coordinator with the company until his passing in May 2015. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Peelstrom taught English and played the banjo for years in a slew of local bands in Meredith, N.H., before launching his computer career with Radio Shack. In 2005, Peelstrom joined Smartware Group, where he wrote most of the company’s documentation and help files. Peelstrom was also an instrumental member of the design team, leaving his mark on inventory, purchasing and countless other areas of the company’s Bigfoot CMMS solution.

“I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Bob through my early days with Smartware Group,” Buehne said. “I still sense his mentorship and see that his legacy lives on in all that we do today. For that, I’m truly grateful.”

Buehne is a seasoned consultant leveraging more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector spanning roles in operations management, engineering and maintenance. A strategist and visionary when it comes to software processes, Buehne has focused his energies on empowering clients to reach operational excellence. After spending twelve years working abroad, he relocated to his native state of New Hampshire and joined Smartware Group in 2014.

“I have worked with Adam over the last year to optimize Bigfoot CMMS for Bergstrom Inc.,” said maintenance supervisor Richard Tassoni, a Smartware Group client who nominated Buehne. “Any time I have had a question, he has always taken my call or returned it promptly. Adam is a true asset to the Bigfoot team.”

About Smartware Group, Inc.
Smartware Group, Inc., headquartered in Center Harbor, N.H., produces Bigfoot CMMS for manufacturing, distribution, data centers, hospitality, mining, and energy & utilities industries.

Since 2002, Bigfoot has helped more than 10,000 users worldwide improve facility and equipment maintenance operations with advanced capabilities that include preventive maintenance (PMs) and predictive maintenance, work order scheduling, maintenance requests, asset life cycle management, parts replacement inventory, and built-in reporting. Bigfoot CMMS’ native functionality paired with its intuitive design allows maintenance professionals to implement the solution and get results quickly, often in a matter of weeks.

The Bigfoot solution earned a 2015 “Product of the Year” Gold award by Plant Engineering magazine, and previously won a Bronze Stevie® Award during the 11th Annual International Business Awards in the Best Interface Design category. Experience the Bigfoot difference by accessing a free trial at today.

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