STL Journal

01/30/2015 STL Business Journal Woman’s Conference


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, Optitek, Inc. and member of Professional Woman’s Alliance (PWA), attends the 10th annual St. Louis Business Journal Woman’s Conference held at our National Historic Landmark, St. Louis Union Station.


Based on the ground-breaking book, The Confidence Code, this year’s conference explores “the science and art of self-assurance”.  Co-author Claire Shipman is the keynote speaker, along with luncheon keynote Claire Shipman, a contributor for ABC News and New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Confidence Code and Womenomics.


Academic research and personal stories are shared by some of the most successful women in St. Louis.


Optitek, Inc. supports the Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA), a group of civic-minded entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who aspire to grow personally and professionally.


Mayor Kelly

01/22/2015 State of the City Luncheon


Optitek, Inc. supports the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, State of the City Luncheon with Mayor Pat Kelly.


Mayor Kelly speaks to chamber members addressing the State of the City. Mr. Kelly has served Brentwood for the past twenty-two years. He has served as mayor for the past fourteen years and was an alderman for the previous eight years. He previously served on the Executive Board of the St. Louis County Municipal League, and is the past chairman of the Small Cities Committee. Since being elected in 2001, Mayor Kelly has placed immense importance on maintaining open dialogue with his constituents.


Regional Sales Support, Sonya Matzig, attends the event at Brentwood Recreation Center, on behalf of Optitek.


(Pictured:  Mayor Pat Kelly & Sonya Matzig)







01/12/2015 Goals


Team Optitek has been working on several new projects in an effort to better understand the business process concerns of our customers, and assisting with their goals of becoming more organized.


One of our highlights is focused on educating clients about the importance of digital processes.


Maintaining electronic documents saves office space, improves findability and reduces waste, yet billions of unnecessary paper copies are still printed around the world every day.


All-digital processes offer benefits beyond just maintaining electronic documentation such as, improved productivity, lower costs, and speed of response.



PWA Speaker

01/07/2015 PWA Speaker Series


Jennifer Hummel, Senior Client Services Consultant, Optitek, Inc. attends the Professional Women’s Alliance (PWA) January Speaker Series at Frontenac Hilton, St. Louis, MO.


The Powering Up Your Productivity Session features two renound speakers:  Angela Lieb, an entrepreneur and expert on busines development, an acclaimed speaker, trainer, and facilitator, and Karen Hoffman, an author, speaker, coach and consultant, who has been called “St. Louis’ most profound connector”.


The Professional Women’s Alliance is an organization of women supporting each other in becoming more effective in both business and community. Members engage through:   networking, mentoring, leadership development, and the exchange of ideas and resources, while focusing on positively impacting the metropolitan area.


Optitek, Inc. is a member of the Professional Women’s Alliance.


New Year

01/05/2015 Happy New Year!
Optitek, Inc. president, Ricki McGuire, recognizes employees, clients, friends, neighbors, & family.
A toast was offered for health and happiness throughout the New Year, with a special tribute to our extraordinary Cathy Hutchinson.
Cathy touched the heart, mind, & soul of countless individuals, loving & sharing unconditionally. She will be missed beyond words.
May she rest in peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


12/20/2014 Graduation Celebration


Optitek, Inc. president, Ricki McGuire, offers recognition to team member, Chatis Santos.


Chatis graduated, December, 20th, 2014 majoring in computer science, receiving his degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).  The commencement ceremony was held at the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center.


Chatis started his career with Optitek in spring, 2014, as a programming specialist; the newest team member to the Information Technology department.



12/19/2014 Luncheon Party


Optitek, Inc. president, Ricki McGuire, treated employees & temporary staff to a festive holiday luncheon; recognizing their hard work & dedication to the company throughout the year.


The afternoon included lavish decor, catered cuisine & fellowship opportunities. The team also enjoyed a Secret Santa gift exchange and fine wine.


We are thankful for our clients, family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!


 08/05/2014 New Chief Operating Officer


Chris E. Hair, MIS, Colonel, USAF (ret), is named new Chief Operating Officer, Optitek, Inc.


Colonel Hair brings with him over 30 years of experience, a USAF Command Pilot and Senior Logistics Officer, Green Belt Lean Certification, Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems from Boston University,  and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Military Institute. He has completed studies at the Royal College of Defense in London, UK, US Army Command and General Staff College, and Squadron Officer’s School, USAF.


Chris will be responsible for all facets of production, sales, budgeting, logistics, Information Technology, and Human Resources.


Team Optitek welcomes Chris and his family to St. Louis!



Capital Hill

12/02/2014 Women Owned Small Business Victory


Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) celebrates an enormous victory for women business owners. The final text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was released with the authority for sole source contracts in the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Procurement Program. It was against all odds that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included a vitally important improvement to this program – sole source authority.


Ann Sullivan, President of Madison Services Group, Inc. represents the largest national association of women business owners and women in business, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).  The December edition of WIPP Works In Washington by Ann Sullivan indicates, “If you attended the hearing during WIPP’s annual leadership conference, you played a big part in this victory — THANK YOU. Also, special thanks go to those on Capitol Hill who shepherded this program through the Congressional system.”


Ricki McGuire, President, Optitek, Inc. attended the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Annual Leadership Conference, joining 150 small business and community leaders from across the country at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. July 25th, 2014.


(Photo:  Inside Senate Room)




STL 250

12/01/2014 Cakeway to the West


Optitek, Inc. employees take part in the St. Louis 250 “Cakeway to the West”, celebrating in historic proportions the 250th birthday of St. Louis.


Cakeway to the West is one part public art exhibit, one part scavenger hunt and one part history lesson throughout the year 2014. Each two-tier ornamental birthday cake is four feet tall, and decorated by local artists.


Full location listing  has been released and can be found by visiting