vCom Featured in Bishop Ranch Article

June 1, 2013


 

Bishop Ranch, the largest mixed-use business community in California, today announced its four hundredth BR|ready tenant. BR|ready, a leasing program designed for businesses that require 100 to 5,000 square feet, offers small business-friendly benefits including flexible lease terms and move-in ready offices. Bishop Ranch offers all of its tenants, regardless of size, a beautiful, sustainable environment and unmatched services and amenities, including a new direct shuttle from downtown San Francisco. “At Bishop Ranch, we put our tenants’ needs first. For a small business, that might mean tearing up a lease and drafting a new one if, for instance, it needs to rapidly scale up or down in office size”

While most people equate Bishop Ranch with the many Fortune 500 companies that call it home, such as Chevron, Bank of the West, and General Electric, its BR|ready program has grown tremendously over the years. In 2001, small business “spec suites” were offered and, later in 2005, they were officially branded BR|ready with 100 tenants and about 75,000 square feet. Today, 400 BR|ready tenants occupy 600,000 square feet and enjoy an array of activities and events designed to provide opportunities for networking and information sharing.

“At Bishop Ranch, we put our tenants’ needs first. For a small business, that might mean tearing up a lease and drafting a new one if, for instance, it needs to rapidly scale up or down in office size,” said Edward Hagopian, Executive Vice President for Sunset Development Company, which owns and operates Bishop Ranch. “The bottom line is a successful company is a good tenant, and we do what we can to help each one succeed.”

The BR|ready program can help growing companies start at Bishop Ranch and stay at Bishop Ranch. One such company, vCom Solutions, a telecom expense management firm, began in 2001 in a 1,200 square foot office suite. At the time, this was plenty of space for its only employee, founder, Gary Storm. Over the years, vCom has enjoyed tremendous growth and has expanded into larger suites working hand-in-hand with Bishop Ranch via BR|ready’s lease growth strategy. Each step of the way, Bishop Ranch helped vCom locate a new space within the office park, renovate the space as necessary, and create a new lease without incurring penalties, even if the current lease had yet to expire. Today, vCom employs 60 people and occupies about 10,000 square feet.

”I appreciate how willing and able Bishop Ranch is when it comes to reaching a solution that works for everyone involved,” said Gary Storm, Founder/CEO of vCom Solutions. “I also love coming to work here – we even have used our beautiful location as a successful recruiting tool.”

“The choice of office locations boiled down to proximity and value,” said Kari Gibbs, Director of Operations for Trov, a technology startup that provides a private online digital safe for all the information about everything you own. “There’s no better value in the area, and it provides a work/life balance for the company founder and employees that all live nearby.”

“We started in a small suite of 800 square feet and have expanded multiple times — first to a new office suite and, then, by tearing out a wall and expanding into an adjoining space,” said Dusan Jovanovic, EVP of Finance & Operations for Aurionpro, a publicly traded software and expert-level IT consulting firm. “Bishop Ranch has been able to more than meet our needs.”

For more information about BR|ready please visit:http://www.bishopranch.com/leasing/move-in-ready.

About Bishop Ranch

Established in 1978 by Sunset Development Company, Bishop Ranch is a 585-acre mixed-use business community comprised of 10 million square feet of primarily office space in thirty buildings. More than 600 of the world’s leading companies, innovative startups, and medical and dental practitioners make their home in the thriving professional business community of Bishop Ranch. The recipient of many awards including The Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence, Bishop Ranch is home to many Global 2000 companies, including Chevron, General Electric, Toyota and Wells Fargo. http://www.bishopranch.com

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Prior to joining vCom, Audrey was the Chief Marketing Officer of Energy Recovery Inc (NASDAQ: ERII) from 2012-2015 and its VP of Marketing, joining the company as a small start-up organization in 2005. During her tenure, she led the global marketing strategies, built a disruptive global brand by growing revenue 5-fold from $10M to $50M, increased market share from 20% to 90% and completed an IPO. Audrey positioned the company for further growth by uncovering new applications – taking the company from $50M to $5B worth of addressable markets. She has championed product development in cross-functional teams with R&D, engineering and production to successfully launch new products globally.

As a result of building a strong brand, communications and culture, her work received 4 global industry awards in single year by Institute of Engineering and Innovation (IET). She was also recognized as an Innovation Finalist of the Year. Audrey served as a Board member of a non-profit, developed and promoted STEM programs and led philanthropic efforts for low-income families. She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Michigan State University.

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