Participating in LeaderEx 2015 being held 17 September at Sandton Convention Centre

At niche consulting and technology company, BSG, employee wellness and happiness is of paramount importance. CEO, Greg Reis, had a vision when he started the company 18 years ago and that was to create a home-grown business built on African talent.

Almost two decades later, BSG has continued to grow and diversify under Greg’s leadership, with its ranks having swelled to over 200 employees with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Greg’s vision and influential leadership style has helped BSG to consistently be considered an employer of choice in the ITC industry, placing in the Top 5 of the Deloitte Best Company to Work For (2007- 2012), and winning the Discovery Healthy Company Index in 2011 and 2012 and featuring in the Top 3 in 2014.

Even more important than the accolades received, are the relationships BSG has built with its clients, which include leading South African organisations. Many of these relationships have endured over many years and continue to grow as the operating environment grows ever more complex. BSG is passionate about being a proactive force for positive change. We do this by thinking differently and helping business leaders solve problems through customer-centric, fact-based decision making approaches. At BSG, we strive to make a difference in everything we do by taking an outside-in view and removing assumptions to deliver outcomes.

Central to enabling BSG to partner with its clients for growth is its people. BSG recognises that in order to deliver the very best, it needs to attract and retain the very best. In support of this, a robust Employee Value Proposition (EVP) has been developed, offering not only career development opportunities, but a holistic wellness programme, supported by a specialist Wellness Consultant.

Greg plays a key role in this programme, as the chair of the Wellness and Happiness Board. Over and above this role, in which he is committed to ensuring retention of current employees, Greg also commits a considerable amount of time to ensuring the ITC industry has access to the best possible graduates. He does this by serving as a member, and in some cases Chairman, of a number of faculty Advisory Boards at leading universities across South Africa. This commitment goes back to 2001, when Greg joined the Rhodes University Information Systems (IS) Advisory Board. The subsequent fourteen years have seen Advisory Board memberships extended by the UCT IS and Computer Science (CompSci), the University of Pretoria CompSci and Informatics, the Fort Hare IS and most recently the WITS IS faculties. Greg is also a founder and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of CITi (Cape IT Initiative).

Earlier this month, BSG shared with great pride that Greg was announced as one of the Top 10 in this year’s ITWeb IT Personality of the Year awards. This phase of the competition is based on votes received from the IT community, ITWeb readers and the public, and BSGers have sprung into action to show support for their leader by reaching out to their networks and sharing the news of Greg’s nomination.

This is the second time in recent years that Greg’s name has featured among the finalists, having been a Top 5 finalist in 2011. The prestigious awards, presented by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) in association with ITWeb, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Gartner Africa, are designed to honour people who have made an outstanding impact on the South African ICT industry over the past year and a significant contribution to the IT profession.

To show your support, vote for Greg by visiting http://bit.ly/vote4Greg and make your mark in support of someone who prides himself in being a proactive force for positive change.