This PeriGen event starts like any other, but…

Bruno Bendavid, SVP of Product Management and Brian Bishop, Chief Product Manager update the operations team on current road map items

Bruno Bendavid, SVP of Product Management, and Brian Bishop, Chief Product Officer, hold a product roadmap briefing session

This week, the PeriGen North America team met to collaborate, map the future, and socialize in our new hometown,  Cary, NC. The event, including both PeriCALM and WatchChild team members, started as you would expect.

Denise Queffelec congratulates Allan Kyburz on his latest family addition

Denise Queffelec, SVP of Operations, congratulates Allan Kyburz, Client Executive, on his newest family addition




Lots of introductions and matching faces to the names made familiar through phone and email.  Lots of handshakes and hugs.  Lots of questions asked and answered over shared meals.

With the joining of PeriGen and WatchChild, purchased from Hill-Rom 10 weeks ago, the work to learn from each organization and meld them into a dynamic whole started from the get-go.  This week’s event focused on expanding initial learning, cross-training, and developing an improved, expanded customer support team to provide an even deeper, more convenient customer experience.

Matthew Sappern, CEO, opens up 'The PeriGen Build-a-Bike Challenge'

Matt Sappern, PeriGen’s CEO, launches the ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge’

And then the time for team building began.

Chip Long, PeriGen’s senior vice president of sales & growth, had arranged for a special surprise: PeriGen’s first ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge.’



Amidst the hard work and laughter, the team got together last Thursday afternoon to hold a trivia contest and build ten bikes for ten very special “Littles” from Cary’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.

Team #2 shows off the bike they built for Big Brother, Big Sister "Little" KanYa

Team #2 shows off the bike they built for Big Brothers, Big Sisters ‘Little’ KanYa

The challenge featured teams of four-five with six rounds of pretty tough trivia questions.  Topics ranged from childbirth, technology, WatchChild, and PeriCALM to turkeys, geography, hunting licenses, and more. (Click here to take a stab at answering them yourself.)




Team #4 was one of the first to complete the bike they build for Nakayla

Team #4 was one of the first to complete the bike they build for Nakayla


Every correct answer resulted in one point for the team and the one part of their bike.  At the end of the trivia challenge, each team started to build their bike.  Although no prizes were awarded for the speed in which the bikes were built, you can guess that the rivalry continued!


PeriGen Build-a-Bike Challenge Team #9 named themselves 'The Heart Throbs'

PeriGen’s ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge’ Team #9 named themselves ‘The Heart Throbs’



First, second, and third place prizes went to the teams with the highest trivia performance scores, but the real reward came as a complete surprise to everyone when …





Kids from Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cary NC joined PeriGen to receive bikes built during the "Build-a-Bike Challenge"

“Littles” from Cary’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization join PeriGen to receive their “Build-a-Bike” holiday gifts


… after building their bikes and basking in the glow of jobs well done, there came a soft knock on one of the doors and…

PeriGen was joined by “Littles” from Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cary, NC who each received a bike built during the “Build-a-Bike Challenge.”




PeriGen was proud to support the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization

One of the “Littles” from the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization receives a bike built by PeriGen during the ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge in Cary last week



The reaction was immensely heart warming for the PeriGen teams and, we think, a special event for the kids.






"Littles" from Cary's Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization enjoyed riding their new bikes around the conference room

What a blast it was watching the “Littles” take their bikes for test drives during the ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge’ last week

By | 2016-12-12T17:20:09+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Events, News, Uncategorized, Updates|1 Comment

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  1. Joey Barnes December 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    It’s really heart-warming to see these two groups come together to support the Littles and build bikes. Congratulations to you all. And it’s nice to see some familiar faces in the pictures. Happy holidays to all my former workmates!!

    Joey Barnes

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