By Mark Ambrogi
Carmel-based enVista and Indianapolis-based USA Diving have formed a valuable partnership.
It started a year ago when USA Diving starting looking for managed service providers for IT support in Indianapolis, said Terry Powers, vice president of USA Diving. After research, Powers, who manages business operations, discovered enVista was an industry leader.
“So we began discussions on that. The discussions then became how much more can enVista do to help USA Diving,” Powers said. “They were passionate about wanting to help USA Diving, not only as a managed information company, but also as a partner. That led to them being involved in this postgraduate program that will allow us to keep our athletes competing once they graduate from college.”
Powers said the career development program for divers will help them compete in their own pools and provide opportunities to work and grow in their field of study at enVista while training for the 2020 Olympics.
David Eckel, managing partner of enVista’s IT service department, said the company is working to be as flexible as it can with the divers.
“We want them to not only continue their efforts to become Olympic champions but also to have the funds to do so,” Eckel said. “We’re a large global supply chain and IT provider, so we’ll use our technology to have these athletes work remotely. What we’re trying to do is be able to employ them on their own schedules. For example, if they are practicing during the day and need to able to work in the evening, we’re going to be able to do our best to be able to accommodate that and provide flexible work hours.”
Powers said it’s important to have a supportive partner such as enVista.
“They’re looking to develop as professionals, whether it be in engineering, marketing or IT services,” Powers said. “They’re getting experience in a global corporation. They’re getting experience in their field while they’re continuing to train. That is something that is rare out there right now.”
Eckel said there is a wide range of opportunities for the divers from assisting in the accounting, finance or marketing departments to sales and business development.
“There are multiple ways we can plug them in,” Eckel said.