Virtual Teams in California


The Internet has promised to accomplish a great many things: provide broad access to knowledge, create millions of new jobs, enhance productivity in the economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those are big promises from a network concept that started as a way for our military to survive a nuclear war. Today, you think of the Internet as the tool that answers random questions, delivers Netflix binge watching or puts you within reach of your boss(es) 24-7 (which can be good or bad, depending on who you work for). At Tripepi Smith, we have tried to take the best of the Internet and put it to work for our team, our clients and society.

Tripepi Smith dropped our office space about a year ago. Now, every employee is issued a smartphone, a laptop and support for high-speed Internet access at home. Many think we did this just to save on rent - and there is no doubt that reducing commercial rent costs is helpful! - but there is a better reason: happy employees. Working from wherever they have an Internet connection helps our team avoid California traffic, stay current on projects even when they are on a mountaintop, and keeps them close to pets that might need a five-minute walk and/or cuddle. The team is happier and their friends are jealous. I am sure, for some, their parents wonder if it is a "real job".

The benefits don't stop there. We avoid nearly 80,000 miles of road wear & tear on California roads, take 12 cars out of traffic every day, and reduce tailpipe pollution. Being virtual also forces our team to acclimate to tools and technology that help us collaborate with each other and with clients. This forced acclimation makes us more efficient and innovative, and often results in us teaching our clients about new technology that makes life more efficient for them, too.

I value most of what the Internet has made possible (misinformation and "keyboard courage" aside). New Internet paradigms created needs among cities and companies that Tripepi Smith has moved to address; all the while, laying the foundational technology that allows our team to deliver. While we may operate in a virtual office, our success has been very real.

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Tripepi Smith provides marketing, technology and public affairs solutions  for private companies and public agencies. Whether you're redoing your website, driving an email campaign, shooting a video or launching on Facebook, Tripepi Smith can help.

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Client Highlight:
Procure America

Procure America offers business intelligence services in targeted expense categories common to most companies. Procure America's team of experienced professionals assist companies in reducing costs, raising vendor service levels, streamlining policies and procedures, and enhancing supplier relations.
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Service Spotlight:
Video Production

Tripepi Smith's video production services help clients tell their stories in a compelling, efficient and repeatable fashion that yields strong value in their marketing efforts. Our focus is on delivering 80% of CNN's quality at 20% of the price.

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Talent On Tap:
Nicole Smith

Nicole is the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Tripepi Smith. She worked for over four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Business Assurance group, focusing primarily on the real estate industry. Her industry experience includes serving as the Assistant Corporate Controller and Financial Analyst for a publicly-traded homebuilder located in Orange County, California. 

Nicole leads Tripepi Smith's human resources, risk management and financial efforts. She also serves Tripepi Smith clients Pivot Charter School and Independent Cities Finance Authority.
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2018 Conference Plans

Look for Tripepi Smith on the local government conference circuit! Come find us at the following events:

LOCC Mayors & Council Members Executive Forum

MMASC Summer Symposium

MMANC Summer Symposium

WCMA Summer Symposium 
Winthrop, WA

ICMA Annual Conference
Baltimore, MD

LOCC Annual Conference
Long Beach

MMASC Annual Conference
Indian Wells

MMANC Annual Conference