The Windfall Team Suits Up to Help Dress for Success
September 27, 2016
The executive staff of Windfall, donated some time and energy helping Dress for Success of SW Florida get ready for their big annual fundraiser event.
Year after year, Dress for Success SW Florida breaks records with their “Shop for Success” event, where high-end merchandise donated by local companies, like White House Black Market, Chicos, Talbots and more, are sold at a free shopping extravaganza at bargain prices. 100% of the proceeds go back to Dress for Success’s mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence.
“I worked with Dress for Success at a previous employer and saw first-hand the positive impact they have on women in our community,” said Dana Vargas, Director of Member Care for Windfall, Inc. “The Shop for Success event is an amazing way for our us to support such a great cause. This takes retail therapy to a whole new level!”
Windfall to Exhibit at ASAE 2016
July 14, 2016
Windfall is back on the road again and will be exhibiting at the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, UT August 13-16.
Windfall helps hundreds of associations boost member loyalty, and we’d love to help you as well. Significant savings on some of the most well-known brands for your members means more value added to your membership. The best part, the Windfall program is completely FREE – for you and your members!
Ten minutes could make a huge impact on your association. Is YOUR Association Ready for a Windfall?
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Windfall Adds USPAY Credit Card Processing to Business Savings Program
June 7, 2016
Small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States achieve significant enhancements and savings on credit card processing through the Windfall and USPAY partnership.
With payment processing, it’s critical that organizations select the appropriate solution that meets both their requirements and the convenient payment needs of their customers. USPAY offers a comprehensive suite of payment processing solutions that are fast, secure and reliable. Services include major credit card processing (MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® and Discover®); the LUCY Payment Gateway point-of-sale technology, including web-based and wireless solutions; PCI-compliant processing platforms; check guarantee and ACH conversion; and gift, loyalty and rewards programs.
Through this partnership, Windfall members receive exclusive discounts on payment processing and merchant services, including free equipment, free LUCY virtual terminal gateway set up (a $700 value) and free VIMAS online management portal (a $500 per location value), which enables users to instantly review pertinent details about their accounts and reconcile deposits as often as needed. In addition, Windfall members receive negotiated American Express pricing and faster deposits. Additionally, USPAY offers multi-location members a unique program with free, consolidated merchant statements, back-office reconciliation tools with processor-level access to all merchant accounts, uniform pricing, a variety of terminal options, and 24/7 U.S.-based client services and technical support.
“USPAY is repeatedly ranked the number one provider for merchant services and payment gateway,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “Through our partnership with this highly regarded company, we are providing our members with discounted access to cutting-edge technology and top-notch services to streamline the acceptance of credit card payments from their customers. Our relationships with leading providers like USPAY enable Windfall members to benefit from best-in-class solutions that help them cost-effectively manage and grow their businesses.”
“USPAY is thrilled to offer numerous payment solutions to all Windfall members in order to create efficiencies and reduce costs,” said Shawn Ecksel, Vice President, Sales & Business Development, USPAY. “We are proud to be the exclusive credit card processing provider for Windfall members; this enables us to extend the reach of our payment solutions to thousands of companies that we may not have been able to otherwise work with. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to helping these organizations streamline the payments portion of their businesses.”
For more information on USPAY’s credit card processing services program through Windfall, visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
Windfall Announces Newest Member Benefit – Innovative Hotel Discount & Travel Management Program
May 24, 2016
Windfall offers hotel discounts combined with free business travel tools to help companies easily and cost-effectively manage their travel programs and related expenses.
Members of Windfall’s free group savings program will now have access to exclusive rates – up to 60 percent off – at more than 40,000 hotels across North America and money-saving group booking services. There are no annual fees, agent assist charges or minimum spend amounts. In addition, it offers time-saving business travel management tools, including expense tracking tools and available direct bill, as well as booking management tools that enable organizations to easily organize all staff hotel stays in one place. The free program also includes 24/7 U.S.-based support.
“Many businesses, regardless of size, have executives and employees that travel for work. Our program provides members access to their favorite hotels at discounted rates, enabling these businesses to receive travel discounts similar to those of larger companies,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “Unlike other discount hotel programs currently available, our program also enables businesses to increase efficiencies in their travel and expense processes through free travel management tools that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. This new offering will save our members money and time, helping their businesses to grow and positively impacting the bottom line.”
For more information on this offering for Windfall members, visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
Windfall Will Exhibit at the Largest Franchise Expo in the Country – International Franchise Expo 2016
May 20, 2016
Windfall will be an exhibitor at the International Franchise Expo 2016 (IFE), the premier annual event for the franchise industry, on June 16-18, 2016 in New York, NY..
IFE provides one of the most comprehensive learning experiences about franchising to be conducted anywhere. On June 17th, Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s reality series, The Profit, is giving a special presentation. “Franchise Ownership and the Benefits from being a Small Business Owner” is designed to give franchising advice from the most sought-after industry expert in the small business sector, Marcus Lemonis. Throughout 3 seasons of The Profit, Marcus has invested more than $35 million to help small businesses and launch franchises.
IFE attendees can also stop by booth #1176 from 10am – 5pm on Thursday(6/16), Friday (6/17) and Saturday (6/18) to receive free membership to the Windfall group savings program. Add value to your franchise by leveraging permanent deep discounts from some of the world’s most recognized brands, like Office Depot, ADP, FedEx and more.
To learn more about IFE or register now, visit www.ifeinfo.com.
For more information on Windfall’s group savings program or to become a free member, click here.
Windfall Team Participates in Earth Day Trash Bash
April 25, 2016
In commemoration of Earth Day, Windfall employees spent Saturday, April 23 at Bunche Beach in Fort Myers, FL, cleaning up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup (a.k.a. Earth Day Trash Bash).
With it’s “old Florida” feel, Bunche Beach and Preserve is typical of the area before development came to southwest Florida and a hidden gem. Named in honor of Dr. Ralph Bunche, the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Bunche Beach has a history that is as fascinating as the wildlife that frequents this undeveloped stretch of sand, salt and tidal flats. This is a living ecosystem that ranges from a sandy beach to Mangrove forests to salt flats and contains great photographic and viewing opportunities from the flora & fauna to fantastic sunsets.
“We take such pride in being able to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Donna Marks, President and CEO of Windfall, Inc. “We live in one of the most beautiful places in the United States. When we have a chance to give back and help make it more beautiful or help better the area we’re all about it.”
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Windfall Wins Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award from Office Depot
October 28, 2015
Windfall, Inc., a leading group savings program for small to medium-sized businesses, was honored with the Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award from Office Depot/OfficeMax.
In 2014, Office Depot/OfficeMax, and Windfall launched the first-of-its-kind Green Group Savings Program to help buying green products more accessible and inexpensive. Windfall members use this program to access substantial savings on eco-conscious products, ranging from paper products and ink & toner, to cleaning and breakroom supplies.
“It is important to recognize and appreciate that proper and effective green purchasing doesn’t simply lead to environmental benefits, but also helps purchasers reduce full life-cycle costs and thus save money,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “We are honored to receive this important award and we’d like to thank the Office Depot/OfficeMax for recognizing Windfall as a leader in the greener purchasing initiative.”
The awards were presented during Office Depot’s Eighth Annual Leadership in Greener Purchasing Awards ceremony held in Denver on Oct. 8, 2015, alongside the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference. Other Office Depot award recipient organizations included:
• Best Buy
• City of Chicago
• DaVita HealthCare Partners
• Greystar Real Estate Partners
• International Monetary Fund (IMF)
• Rush Enterprises
• Spirit Airlines
• Strategic Source
• Teva Pharmaceuticals
Prior to the awards, Office Depot hosted an educational summit during which speakers from Best Buy, Davita, Office Depot and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council presented on best practices in sustainable purchasing. David Gottfried, founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) delivered the keynote address.
“Greener purchasing of office supplies serves as a good platform from which to gauge an organization’s overall environmental commitment,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Sustainability for Office Depot. “We’re proud to recognize organizations that show true leadership in greener purchasing and hope they serve as models for others to follow.”
To start your free membership in Windfall’s Green Group Savings Program, please visit green.savingcenter.net.
Windfall and ADP Partner to Offer Group Savings Discounts on Payroll Services to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
May 20, 2015
Windfall, Inc., a leading group purchasing organization (GPO), and ADP (NASDAQ: ADP), a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, has announced a partnership to offer small and medium-sized businesses and associations special pricing and exclusive discounts on payroll processing.
A 2015 survey conducted by the National Small Business Association (NSBA) found that 59 percent of small business owners take care of payroll on their own, with 27 percent devoting three to five hours per month and 12 percent spending six to 10 hours per month on payroll tax administration. An additional nine percent spend more than 10 hours per month. The NSBA determined that this amounts to in excess of 120 hours annually. That’s time that these business owners could have devoted to managing and growing their companies, rather than on back-office administration.
ADP’s payroll solutions help alleviate much of the burden of payroll for companies and are backed by industry-leading tax expertise to help organizations avoid mistakes and penalties. The Windfall/ADP partnership provides Windfall members with discounts on new payroll processing services, access to ADP’s current promotions, free payroll and tax credit analysis, and a waived one-time set up fee (a $200 value). ADP payroll services include full-service direct deposit, traditional paychecks, payroll debit cards and W-2s.
“Through the power of group purchasing and our partnership with ADP, we are bringing our members payroll-related discounts that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them, particularly if they are not a large corporation,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “We are very excited about this partnership, as ADP is recognized as a global leader in payroll, tax and other HR-related services. Offering our members programs like the one we provide with ADP helps them to more efficiently and cost effectively manage and grow their businesses, and that’s what Windfall is all about.”
For more information on ADP’s payroll services program through Windfall, visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
Windfall Welcomes Seasoned Marketing Executive Kara Crider Bapisteller to the Team
February 16, 2015
Windfall Inc. is proud to announce that marketing veteran Kara Crider Bapisteller has been selected as the new Marketing Director.
Kara will provide leadership and expertise to drive adoption of the Windfall group savings program for small to medium sized businesses and associations. She will also focus on growing Windfall’s lineup of premier brand-name suppliers to help Windfall members save even more on essential business products and services.
“I am very excited for the future of Windfall with our new addition,” said Donna Marks, President and CEO of Windfall. “As an innovative company, Kara’s background and skills are exactly what we need to continue our growth. I’m looking forward to her expertise and enthusiasm to champion our message in our current markets and beyond.”
Kara has worked for leading technology organizations, including dESCO LLC, CallMiner and Gartner. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Kara holds a B.S. in Business Management from Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, FL, and is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.
Windfall Website Relaunch Offers Huge Savings for Associations and Businesses
January 26, 2015
Windfall Inc., a leading group savings program, is proud to announce the re-launch of getwindfall.com.
Though they offer monthly specials, Windfall is not a “daily deals” site. They have permanently negotiated lower prices on products and services from national vendors such as Office Depot, FedEx, 4imprint, ADP, Teladoc, USPAY, and EarthLink, to name a few.
Windfall Founder and President Donna Marks is proud of the impact her business has had on member businesses and associations.
“We have been offering group discounts on everyday products and services association owners already use for over 15 years,” she explained. “We’re an easy choice for organization executives because everything we do is completely customized for the group and ready for introduction to members. Every communication we send includes a reminder that these fabulous benefits are only available through your organization. Renewal is much easier when exceptional benefits are always top-of-mind.”
“We are much like any cooperative buying organization. Our members empower us with the ability to command lower prices from vendors,” added Marks. “We’ve experienced over a 300% increase in membership over the past two years.”
Windfall offers benefits to association managers and members, business owners, and employees – both as a white label service or value-added benefit.
“We recognize the importance of continually providing incentives for association members to improve member recruitment and retention,” offered Marks. “We believe that we have exactly what you need to save money and be your association’s super hero.”
For more information on Windfall’s group savings program or to become a free member, visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
Windfall Now Offers WellCloudMD with Teladoc Online Wellness Solutions
January 14, 2015
Windfall, Inc., a group purchasing organization providing discounts to small businesses and associations, now offers Teladoc, a service of WellCloudMD online wellness solutions, to its members.
Windfall members who register for WellCloudMD services have access to Teladoc, a U.S. board-certified physician 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. After completing an online questionnaire about their health history and medications, members can schedule a time to speak with a physician either on the phone or through a video chat. If the physician decides a prescription is necessary, he or she will send the prescription order to a nearby pharmacy. Teladoc consultations do not have time limits, and most patients are put in contact with a doctor within approximately 20 minutes.
Health care costs have risen anywhere from 3.3 to 8.5 percent per year since 2007, according to a survey of U.S. employers by Aon Hewitt. And Americans are waiting longer than ever to see their primary-care physicians after making an appointment. A study by the Commonwealth Fund, which studies health care issues internationally, found that Americans wait six days or more on average for appointments. Teladoc addresses these both of these issues by providing members with quick and affordable access to board-certified physicians.
Teladoc services are available for many common, non-emergency medical issues, such as cold and flu symptoms, bronchitis, allergies, poison ivy, pink eye, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, sinus problems and ear infections. Patients’ electronic medical records are kept secure in accordance with HIPAA protocols, and patients may choose to share their Teladoc records with their primary care physician. And because Teladoc provides an alternative to costly urgent care and emergency room visits for its users, it can provide huge savings to companies. For example, one national retailer that implemented Teladoc in 2011 saved more than $1.2 million that would otherwise have been spent on urgent care or ER visits.
Windfall offers membership to the entire WellCloudMD package for $17.95 per month, which covers Teladoc services for an entire household, and there is no additional per-use fee. In addition, members have access to myPersonalWellnessGuide.com, a comprehensive online solution that empowers users to manage their health, nutrition, fitness and emotional well-being through an online platform.
“Offering Teladoc services to our members gives us another great way to empower associations and small businesses to provide the very best to their employees at a great discount,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “This exciting partnership allows our members to offer a value-added health benefit to their employees at minimal cost.”
For more information about Windfall or Teladoc or to join, call 866.776.1453 or visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
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Windfall Adds Discounts on Tradeshow and LTL Shipping Services with YRC
July 14, 2014
Windfall, Inc., a leading group purchasing organization (GPO), and YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ:YRCW), have announced a partnership to offer small and medium-sized businesses and associations special pricing and exclusive discounts on tradeshow and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping services.
YRC offers flexible, efficient solutions for companies’ freight shipping needs. Services include handling all shipping sizes, with a specialization in palletized shipments over 150 pounds; cross-border services with Canada and Mexico; ground and air expedited solutions; no-cost inbound guarantees on tradeshow shipments and the ability for companies to book, track and manage their shipments anytime and from anywhere, along with YRC’s 24/7 customer service.
As part of the Windfall/YRC program, Windfall members receive exclusive offers on freight shipping services, including an 83 percent discount on national and regional shipments and a 10 percent discount on time-critical deliveries. Membership also includes waived single shipment fees and notification charges.
“Through the power of group purchasing and our partnership with YRC, we are bringing our members freight shipping discounts that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them, particularly if they are not a large corporation,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “We are very excited about this partnership, as YRC is recognized as a leader in its space. Offering our members programs like the one we provide with YRC helps them to more efficiently and cost effectively manage and grow their businesses, and that’s what Windfall is all about.”
“Windfall is a group savings expert offering outstanding benefits to its members, and we are thrilled to be able to team up with the company as its exclusive tradeshow and LTL shipping services provider,” said Jeff Delancy, Sr. Account Exec – Associations, YRC Freight. “Whether you ship every day or specifically for tradeshows and conferences, more people rely on YRC than any other provider. Our partnership with Windfall helps businesses lower costs on their freight shipping needs.”
For more information on YRC’s tradeshow and LTL shipping services program through Windfall, visit windfall.savingcenter.net.
Office Depot and Windfall Partner to Launch Green Group Savings Program
June 15, 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter has partnered with Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Windfall, Inc., a group purchasing organization, to create a first-of-its-kind Green Group Savings Program for members of the USGBC South Florida Chapter.
“We’re very excited that our new program brings together two local champions of environmental sustainability,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “This is an exciting partnership — the USGBC South Florida Chapter, a member-organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and Office Depot, long recognized as an environmental leader with its outstanding green-products, practices and solutions. Both organizations have proven that building green is a sound economic strategy, and now with this program they’re helping make buying green even better for the bottom line.”
“We’re proud to be the first organization in the USA to offer Windfall’s new Office Depot Green Group Savings Program,” said Sandra Lee, President of the Chapter. “This is an exciting new benefit that helps our members get discounts on greener products for their everyday needs.”
This Green Groups Savings Program is also a first for Office Depot. “We saw a great opportunity to create the first group savings program for a USGBC Chapter, right here in our backyard,” explained Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental & Supplier Diversity Strategy for Office Depot. “South Florida Chapter members who are supporting the growth of the green building movement have a natural propensity to also want to buy green. This new program simplifies their access to greener products, while providing substantial savings.”
Windfall and Office Depot have collaborated for more than a decade to provide a variety of group savings for businesses and associations. Like other group savings programs developed by Windfall, Office Depot’s Green Group Savings Program for the USGBC South Florida Chapter is free to Chapter members, with no obligations to achieve certain volume thresholds of purchases. To maximize convenience, savings apply to in-store as well as online purchases.
Learn more about saving money on greener office products with Office Depot and Windfall: Green.SavingCenter.net
Ashley Marks Joins Windfall as Partner Relations Manager
August 5, 2013
To keep up with the growing demand of the Windfall’s group savings program for associations, Ashley Marks has been hired as Partner Relations Manager.
A recent transplant from Chicago, Ashley brings a wealth of experience in client relations, business development and training. She will work closely with association managers to ensure Windfall is continuing to provide exclusive discounts that not only help their members succeed but improve the overall value of the association membership.
“We are very excited to have Ashley join the Windfall team,” said Donna Marks, President & CEO of Windfall. “As Windfall continues to grow, I know her experience and expertise are exactly what we need to make this program a success for everyone.”
Windfall offers associations private-labeled group savings programs to give their members exclusive offers from top name brands. This tailored turn-key solution adds value to association membership which boosts member retention and attraction. Free to both associations and their members, is your association ready for a Windfall? Learn More
Windfall Promotes Dana Vargas to Member Care & Production Manager
May 6, 2013
As Windfall continues to expand, we are beyond thrilled to announce the recent promotion of Dana Vargas to Member Care & Production Manager.
“Dana will lead our team with the excellence in service that our members and partners expect,” said Donna Marks, President & CEO of Windfall. “Dana is a high-energy professional who has a reputation of getting the job done timely and accurately and always exceeds expectations. We’re very excited about what Dana will be able to do to enhance our member experience avenues.”
Dana has been acknowledged both internally and externally with over a dozen professional awards for her leadership and community-service. A Florida native, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Maria Johnson Promoted to Windfall Implementation Manager
April 15, 2013
Windfall Inc, is pleased to announce Maria Johnson recently accepted a promotion to Implementation Manager.
“Maria has been instrumental in the success of the Windfall program for individual businesses,” commented Donna Marks, President and CEO of Windfall. “Her leadership and experience will help us as we continue to grow the Windfall association and franchise offering going forward.”
Maria is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Cape Coral, a FL Chamber of Commerce program designed to develop community leaders. She also completed the Disney Institute Leadership Excellence course in 2012.