NTT DATA Services employees recently gathered outside the offices of the Plano Parkway Campus to beat the heat and enjoy a company ice cream social. But ice cream wasn’t the only big draw, as City of Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere was on-hand to meet and greet IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan, from the Chip Ganassi Racing team. Tony was in the Dallas area for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600, an annual race held at the Texas Motor Speedway. NTT DATA has enjoyed the privilege of sponsoring Tony for the past five years, and hosting him — and his No. 10 IndyCar — provided a rare opportunity for employees and their families to enjoy some one-on-one time with the winner of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 IndyCar Series Champion.
As a newly hired intern, I was given my first real opportunity to freely converse with all of my new fellow workmates in a friendly and open setting. My position as a Market and Communications intern has given me the opportunity to flex my social media muscles as well as develop both my communications and public relations skills, such as learning to blog. But, because of the ice cream social, I was given the opportunity to move outside of my space and meet employees outside of my circle, which gave me fresh and different perspectives and insights about the company.
Employees, along with their families, enjoyed their cold treats, as a live DJ played hits from the early ‘70’s Classic Rock to the present day. Drumsticks and push pops provided cool relief as everyone soaked in the sun and enjoyed the fun. Both the environment and vibe were uplifting, providing a welcome break from the mostly indoor day-to-day work. There’s nothing better than going outside on a summer day and enjoying some good music and ice cream.
To top off the event, Tony Kanaan made an appearance. The Brazilian driver signed autographs and helped announce the names of the winners of the raffle, who were given four tickets for the weekend’s racing events. Joining Tony at the raffle was the City of Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. The two guests were a welcome sight as employees were given chances to interact with the two big fans of NTT DATA.
Apart from greeting fans, Tony brought along his car for employees and their families to see. Kanaan’s Number 10 IndyCar has a Dallara DW12 chassis with a 2.2 liters twin turbo Chevrolet mated to a Xtrac transmission. The weight of the car is: 1570 lbs in oval spec, 1600 lbs road/street course spec. The power output of 625 to 675 HP varies with boost spec per track. NTT DATA will be the primary sponsor for both the No. 10 and No. 9 car, driven by Scott Dixon, for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600. Hear what Tony had to say about the race.
Along with Kanaan’s car, two other vehicles were available for friends and family to climb aboard for photos. One was a vintage motorcycle with a sidecar, and the other was a bathtub on wheels – safe to say few got inside the bathtub.
All-in-all, the employee ice cream social was a great success, as family, friends, and employees gathered outside the office for a visit. Many reacquainted themselves with co-workers they haven’t seen recently. And it was nice to meet family members rarely seen around the office. The inviting atmosphere, mixed with a plethora of friendly conversation, made for what many would call a perfect afternoon.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the many people that work at this company. Having only joined NTT DATA Services in late May, this ice cream social was a perfect opportunity to turn a few unknown faces into memorable ones. From Tony Kanaan’s visit all the way to the free ice cream, there couldn’t have been a better event on a hot Texas summer day.
Post Date: 12/06/2017