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What We’re Thankful For

Christian Sharrow-Blaum • November 23, 2018

The holidays are drawing near and 2018 is coming to a close. This time of year is a perfect opportunity to look back, take stock, and acknowledge all we have to be thankful for. Here’s what some LYONSCG employees had to be grateful for in 2018.


Great clients; exceptionally talented, committed and hard-working employees; friends and family; good health; new challenges; learning and growing; striving for excellence; connections; LYONSCG and Capgemini; Commerce Realized!; nourishing food and great desserts; the good old USofA; nature and the great outdoors; giving back to those less fortunately; college football and naps; and so, so much more…

  • Rich Lyons


I am thankful for good health, loving family, a safe home and the brilliance of all of my working partners on #ONETEAM!

  • Carol Semrad


I am thankful for a team who is always with me when needed and supporting day in and day out. Also thanks to our clients for appreciating the hard work we do as ONE TEAM together.

  • Vineeta Srivastava


I am thankful for LYONSCG’s integrity and ethics toward our clients. Previously, I worked at a small consulting company where the President said “It’s not a bug if the client doesn’t see it” and “what you call a bug, I call an opportunity to sell an upgrade”. Previously, I worked at a large consulting company where I witnessed meetings to strategize on how we could blame the client for our mistake so we could charge them for the bad work, and then charge them for the fix. LYONSCG (and Rich Lyons) is on the opposite end of that spectrum.  It’s good to be able to work for a company that doesn’t require that you leave your integrity and ethics at the door when you come to work.

I am thankful for LYONSCG’s focus on customer focus through consultative professionalism. Previously, I worked for a large consulting company where they were very willing to do what the client asked for, knowing full well that the client was asking for the wrong solution, and that it wouldn’t actually solve the client’s needs/problem.  They looked forward to extra billing to fix the first solution. We focus on being consultative; on looking past the client’s request to understand the client’s real need, and then to make recommendations based on our extensive experience and expertise.  We want to be a concierge providing thoughtful focused solutions, not just a waiter taking an order.

I am thankful to be a part of a true learning organization. LYONSCG has a willingness to experiment (with controls), and the continual evolution of our processes has led to some amazing things.

I am thankful for our leaders who looked for a partner (Capgemini) to help us grow without destroying our culture, critical processes, go-to-market, etc.  Often, some leaders might opt to cash-out without regard to what happens to their old company, employees, or clients afterward. That couldn’t be further from the truth here.

I am thankful for our culture of honest collaboration.  Minimal egos; the best idea wins regardless of where it came from.  Everyone is willing to share what they know and no one is hoarding knowledge to keep them “special”.  Everyone is willing to pitch in and help each other out.  No job is too menial; everyone is willing to do what it takes for the benefit of the client, project, and our colleagues.

  • Lou Lembcke


I am grateful for my wonderful clients and the privilege of working with so many outstanding team members. I am also grateful to the company leadership for their industry vision, and for creating the culture we have here at LYONSCG!

  • Andrew Lewis


I’m incredibly thankful for the people in my life. They make things worth doing and give depth to memory.  My work family – from those at LYONSCG to those within client teams – help make work fun and rewarding.  I’m never surprised to see their willingness to step in and support each other, eager to share the hard times and the good.  I’m thankful for all I have and all we do for one another especially when it’s not easy to do so.

  • Rob Pontious


I’m thankful for my friends and family (specifically my parents who let me move back in with them so I could save for a down payment on my own place), Lyons for giving me not only a job but coworkers who feel like my second family, and Dunkin Donuts for supplying me with daily coffee to help pretend I am a morning person.

  • Desi Botica


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