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BLM Technologies’ John Tauer Honored with ESGR Patriot Award

February 25, 2019

John Tauer Honored with ESGR Patriot AwardMinneapolis, Minn. – February 25, 2019 – BLM Technologies, a leading single-source provider of complete technology solutions, today announced that John Tauer, vice president of Sales at BLM Technologies, was honored with a Patriot Award from ESGR (Employer Support of Guard and Reserve) in recognition of exemplary support of an employee in the National Guard and Army Reserve. Tauer received the award on February 25, during a ceremony at BLM Technologies’ headquarters in Minneapolis.

Tauer was honored with the Patriot Award for his support of a BLM Technologies employee whose spouse is a service member. Nicole Gottwaldt, a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve, is the wife of Jeff Johnson, director of Commercial Audio-Visual Solutions at the company. Johnson is responsible for all of the family’s needs during Gottwaldt’s current deployment to Kuwait, which began in January 2019.

“The Patriot Award is a significant honor given to civilian employers who put their support for Military service members into action,” said Nick Swaggert, a representative from ESGR. Swaggert was also a Company Commander in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and knows firsthand the importance of employer support during deployments. “Having been overseas multiple times in my career, there is nothing more important to a service member than ensuring their family is taken care of while they’re gone. John Tauer and BLM have gone the extra mile with his support of Jeff and his family and this award is in recognition of that. As a military community we appreciate his and BLM Technologies’ support of the military by backing an employee whose spouse is one of our own.”

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“We’re proud to recognize John for going above and beyond in mentoring and supporting one of his team in a demonstration of his gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices both Jeff and Nicole make on a daily basis,” said Kevin Flaherty, CEO of BLM Technologies. “We’re a company that takes a personal interest in each of our employees, and John made it a personal goal to ensure Jeff and his family are covered at all times. We’re proud of John, Jeff, Nicole, and all of our employees who have served in the military.”

​”It’s an honor to receive this recognition, but it isn’t about me,” said Tauer. “This is about the service men and women who make extraordinary sacrifices—both employees and their spouses who serve in the military—and we’re fortunate to have them among us at BLM Technologies. I’m proud to advocate for our veterans however I can, but it takes our entire team working together to demonstrate our gratitude to our service members, as well as the support of BLM Technologies, which we receive unequivocally.”

About ESGR

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

About BLM Technologies

BLM Technologies, Inc. solves technology and automation challenges by providing end-to-end solutions in imaging, payment and transaction, digital signage, onsite repairs, maintenance repair center service, IT outsourcing, and project management services. By applying 40 years of technical expertise and a consultative, vendor-neutral approach, BLM serves thousands of customers in the U.S. by packaging hardware and services to provide complete, turnkey technology solutions for customers across multiple industries including financial, retail, restaurant, education, healthcare, and government.

A proven single-source provider of technology products and services, BLM Technologies partners with the top manufacturers in the technology industry to offer customers the newest and most innovative technology solutions available. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, BLM Technologies has additional facilities strategically located in Missouri and California to serve IT and repair customers quickly and conveniently.

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Media Contact:
Debbie Schwake
Vice President, Marketing
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