Advance kicked off their 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 10th, with a full day of festivities for its entire family of 162 employees at the company’s headquarters in Cockeysville. The morning started with an intimate meeting hosted by Co-Founders, and CEOs, Alan and Lois Elkin, sharing stories of their 50 years building one of Baltimore’s leading independently owned companies, and the premiere of a new video, “Advance – Celebrating 50 Years.” In it, the Elkins, and other employees, reflect on the remarkable achievement.
More than 200 business executives joined SmartCEO to celebrate 30 Voltage award finalists and seven winners at the 2014 Voltage Awards.
Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2014) — Advance is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Baltimore SmartCEO, 2014 Voltage Award winner. Advance President, Jeff Elkin, accepted the award for the Technology Implementer category at the Baltimore SmartCEO VOLTAGE awards ceremony on May 8, 2014, at the Westin BWI Hotel.
SmartCEO magazine rolled out the red carpet last week at the Westin, BWI to celebrate 29 of Baltimore’s leading technology innovators for the 2013 VOLTAGE awards. Advance, who was nominated for its Onsite & Online remote network installation program, was the runner up in the Technology Implementer category for a large business.
Last Wednesday, co-CEOs of Advance, Lois and Alan Elkin were honored by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce as two of four 2013 inductees into The Maryland Business Hall of Fame. “This honor not only recognizes them but also their body of work of close to 50 years,” says Jeff Elkin, president of Advance. “They are the founders and co-CEOs, as well as the mother and father of the Advance family, which shares their passion for customer service.”
It’s here. Football season. And the Ravens look fantastic! We all know they’re a great organization on the field, but we wanted to highlight and share what a great organization they are in their back office.
The latest video in our Advance Stories series highlights the Ravens and how Advance has grown our partnership over the past decade. Join us in the story of how Advance plays a small part in helping the Ravens in being a phenomenal football organization by being an integral back office document solutions provider.
There are many reasons to partner with Advance – The Document Specialists for your document output needs. One key differentiator of Advance is the fact that we provide our clients with no cost, ongoing hardware training for the life of their equipment. This is just one example of how working with Advance is an unmatched experience, compared to getting what could be the exact same product from another vendor. Because the machines we sell are not unique to us, we are committed to making sure our clients get the highest level of value, including the best service in the industry. Read more »
Everyone has a story. There are thousands of them, and they’re all interesting, fresh, innovative and engaging. Even Advance has a story. Ours is a heartwarming one involving two entrepreneurs who wanted more from their careers, and they blazed a trail to get what they wanted. It’s led us to where we are today – a healthy, strong, forward-thinking company with some very talented people. And, some very talented customers as well.
We decided it was time to tell their stories, so here’s the first of three video case studies highlighting an extraordinary business that we were able to help become even more extraordinary. We focus on the back office, so our customers can do what they do best – run their businesses. That’s what we get up for in the morning….it’s what we love.
So here’s the first story…it’s one from our partners at J. J. Haines and Company, Inc., the largest independent flooring distribution company in the U.S. with operations covering the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. We hope you enjoy it and can perhaps relate to it, even just a little. And we invite you to join us at the next document management workshop to learn about all the capabilities Advance can offer for a more efficient back office.
There are many things that make Advance – The Document Specialists the ideal choice for your organization’s document workflow solutions. One of which is our own in-house leasing option. We are one of a very few, if not the only dealer in the region, to offer true in-house leasing. Other companies in this industry claim to offer their own leasing by adding their company name to a third party leasing document. However, it is certainly not the same. At Advance, all of our in-house leases are handled 100% by Advance at our corporate headquarters in Cockeysville, MD. Read more »
Advance is all about partnerships with local, community driven organizations. And we like to spread the goodwill to our customers in an effort to remain a community focused company. On September 22nd, Advance hosted 52 clients and friends at the annual Punt, Pass and Kick event. It’s an evening designed to let loose and have fun, kicking and passing the football on the field at M&T Bank Stadium.
Back when Homicide: Life on the Street was filmed in Baltimore in the 90s, they used an Advance copier for their script duplications (they’d copy thousands of pages at a time), which would be distributed to cast and crew.
Often, the copies were being made overnight once the writer’s changes were final, which was usually after 9pm. A few hours later, Alan received the frantic call that the copier wasn’t working and the scripts needed to be ready before dawn. Not long after the call, Alan had them at our downtown showroom, which, at the time, was in Baltimore’s World Trade Center, and the machines were humming along creating scripts.
Once our service technician had a chance to examine the non-working copier, it was found to be a voltage issue with the plug, not the machine, but either way, we made it right for them. The scripts were ready in time, and everyone was happy. So happy in fact, that the Homicide folks sang our praises to the film industry, recommending that anyone coming to film in Baltimore in need of a copier, printer, or multifunctional device behind the scenes should call Advance.
While the copier didn’t get an actual cameo, it sure did help in making sure that the show went on! So hey Hollywood, give us a ring when you come into town. We’ll find the right MFP to copy your scripts! Even better, we can turn them into electronic documents and the actors can work off of their iPads!
Meet the Experts
Jeff has been with Advance for over 25 years and currently serves as the President with focus on the technological advancements being made in the industry. Read Jeff's posts »
Kevin is our Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) and has been with Advance since 2006. Read Kevin's posts »
Scott is the resident expert for all of the hardware and technology we offer at Advance. Read Scott's posts »