Stay Vigilant: 5 Tips to Stay Safe from Spam, Phishing, & Smishing Attempts

Learn how you can keep yourself safe from attempts to steal your information online

It is increasingly important to stay vigilant online due to the prevalence of spam, phishing, and smishing attacks. At Revel IT, we are committed to protecting our customers and employees from scams, frauds, or malicious activity.

We want to note that our President, Randy Dean, has recently been impersonated via text and email. If you receive any texts or emails that appear to be from him but are slightly off, please report them as spam and/or phishing to your carrier or email provider. We assure you that we would never ask anyone to purchase anything on our behalf.

Spam is a form of an unsolicited email sent in bulk, often containing malicious links or attachments which could potentially harm your computer. These messages are sent by spammers who are often looking to gain financially from their actions. Spam emails usually include advertisements for products or services, often misleading or false information, or links to malicious websites. Spam attempts may contain links to websites designed to steal personal or credit card information. These links may look like legitimate websites but are malicious and may contain malware. The links may also take the recipient to a page where they are asked to purchase something or provide personal information.
Spam emails can also contain attachments that contain malicious code. This code can be used to infect a computer or other device and can be used to steal information, send spam emails, or commit other malicious activities.

Phishing is a cyber-attack in which an attacker attempts to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a legitimate, trustworthy entity. The attacker will typically use emails, social media, or malicious websites to deliver their message, often imitating a trusted source such as a bank, credit card company, or government agency. These messages usually contain a link or attachment that the user must click on to access the “legitimate” website or information.
Phishing attempts can be difficult to spot as the attacker often disguises the malicious link or attachment in an otherwise legitimate-looking message. For example, the attacker may use a spoofed email address that appears to come from a legitimate source like your bank. They may also use a link that looks like it belongs to a legitimate website when it leads to a malicious website.

Smishing is a form of phishing that uses SMS text messages to communicate. These techniques can be used to steal your personal information, so be cautious when clicking on links or opening emails from unfamiliar sources. It’s also a good idea to keep your passwords secure, update your security settings, and keep your antivirus software up to date.

5 tips to keep yourself safe from spam and phishing attempts.

  1. Be aware of unsolicited emails from unknown senders. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, do not open any attachments or click on any links.
  2. Use spam filters and firewalls to protect your email accounts, computers, and devices.
  3. Be wary of emails that ask for personal information, such as passwords, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers.
  4. Be cautious when clicking on links, even if they appear to come from reputable sources.
  5. Keep your software and operating systems up to date with the latest security updates. This will help protect you from malicious software, such as viruses and malware.

Again, Revel IT is committed to protecting our customers and employees from scams, frauds, or malicious activity. Revel IT will never ask anyone to purchase anything on our behalf. Please be cautious of potential scams and protect your personal information. By remaining vigilant, you can help protect yourself from these malicious attempts to gain access to your data.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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It’s FINALLY time to announce a winner in our Referral Giveaway! One lucky person will take home a brand new Tesla, BMW, or $95,000 cash!

In October 2021, Revel IT announced our nearly unbelievable new referral program. Since then, we have received hundreds of referrals, connected Project Managers, Business Analysts, Software Engineers, Data Analysts, and more to new career opportunities, and gained several amazing new clients.

We also gave away some fantastic prizes to our valued clients, candidates, and employees. Revel IT CEO Randy Dean says of the program, “Giveaways like this for people who recommend Revel are fun and are just one of the ways we work to give back to our consultants and community.”

In January 2022, we selected a random winner for a $10k cash prize. Congratulations, Abigail S!

For the grand prize drawing, we tracked each qualified referral as an entry and any placements made from referrals during the program. Successful referral placements counted as an additional entry for the grand prize. Entries were randomized, and the winner was selected again at random. Congratulations, Brad B!

Here’s what Brad had to say about his experience with the referral program:

“Currently, with people wanting to change careers or affected by recent company layoffs, to be able to refer a friend or colleague to enable them to start a new journey or even get back ‘in the game’ is a great feeling. And Revel IT makes it so easy by filling out a simple form. In a matter of a minute, you can be helping a person land a new job. I think it is a wonderful program, and the benefits the referrer gets are a bonus and, in some cases, a HUGE bonus.”

Your trusted personal connections matter to us, and we want to take care of you when they benefit from our services. If you know an IT professional that you think would be interested in working with Revel IT, refer them to us!


For every qualified candidate referral given to us, we pay $25 and up to $2500 additional if placed terms and conditions apply, see Referral Program Policy for Details.

The top earners during this program earned an average of over $2600—the highest earner earning more than $3600 in referral bonuses. There’s no limit to how many referrals someone can submit. Friends and family, trusted colleagues, you get the idea! Visit to get started.


At Revel IT, we aim to treat our candidates, clients, and consultants how we want to be treated. To us, this means being honest and leading with transparency. Doing what we say we will do and working in our client’s and consultants’ best interests.

  • In addition to standard health and 401k benefits, we offer referral bonuses and training/continuing education opportunities.
  • 5-year client retention: 99%
  • 1 supplier with customers: 53%
  • Top 3 suppliers with customers: 77%
  • Consultant retention: 94%

Fun Fact: We just reduced healthcare costs for all our employees 🥳 and are dedicated to continuous improvement in the employee experience. We heard employees asking for improvements to our health insurance, and we acted.


  • We believe in being active participants and catalysts for growth in the communities we serve.
  • People like working for Revel IT. The average employee tenure is 93.6%, and we have a 4.9⭐ Glassdoor rating.
  • We provide Coaching, Mentorship, and a $2,500 a year continuing Education Allowance for each Consultant.


We partner with a firm focused on Diversity & Inclusion solutions, Level D&I. Revel IT is also actively investing in alternative pathways into the tech talent pool, career pivots, and reskilling paired with placement services through our partnership with The IT Bootcamp.


Each Revel IT recruiter works with specific technology stacks allowing them to become experts in those spaces and develop more meaningful relationships with candidates.

After an initial connection with a member of our recruiting team, candidates schedule a video interview or face-to-face meeting with their recruiter. If a job, or in some cases multiple jobs, matches the candidate’s profile, the recruiter prepares a customized resume presentation for the position. Next, our recruiters provide pre-interview guidance and ready candidates for a formal interview with the end client. Once the interview stage is complete, Revel IT will provide feedback, hopefully, an offer. An offer acceptance initiates the onboarding process, and the candidate’s new career begins!

If you have questions about our process or want to get in touch with a recruiter, email your resume and contact details to Or check out all our open roles at

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Revel IT Delivers carefully selected talent. Our recruiting process sets us apart thanks to caring and knowledgeable sales & recruiting teams, paired with effective use of AI and Automation.

Our services include IT Consulting, IT Staffing, Permanent Placement Recruiting, and Training. We focus incredibly on delivery for our clients and consultants.

Revel IT, Inc. is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, privately held IT staffing companies. We were also recently ranked 3rd largest IT consulting company in the Central Ohio region by Business First. Our client base includes 32% of the Fortune 25. We have offices in Dublin, OH, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, and Nashville, TN and are rapidly expanding into new markets from coast to coast.

If you’re looking for your next career or seeking to fill a position, reach out! Contact us at or give us a call at 614-336-1122.

Revel IT: Helping Organizations Hire Candidates With Diverse Backgrounds

Today, diversity in the workplace is a noble and compliance-related goal and has been shown in studies to improve business outcomes. A diverse workforce brings a variety of world views and perspectives into one room, which helps organizations craft a
truly collaborative structure, find multiple ways to tackle a challenge, and finally, outperform the competition. Finding and employing people from different backgrounds is a task easier said than done because often standard talent acquisition approaches don’t provide a pool of candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Revel IT helps companies address their talent pool disparities by employing a methodology and technology that ensures diversity of talent both within Revel’s 450+ consultant force and when providing recruiting services. Diversity is a core value of Revel. Revel combines advanced recruiting, candidate identification, and candidate matching technologies with experienced recruitment team professionals to attract diverse talent.

For instance, a Fortune 20 company needed to fill an SAP Transformation Director role with the goal of having candidates with diverse backgrounds. Revel IT recruited for this role and found a candidate with a diverse background and who had experience in the same industry. “Our proven delivery capabilities in IT staffing and IT recruiting is supported by our nationwide team of consultants. We are constantly growing our team to meet our clients’ talent needs and a key element in this is ensuring we provide talent with a wide diversity of backgrounds.” says Randy Dean, the President and Founder of Revel IT. Being a key driver in growing Fast Switch from $5 million in sales to $98 million, his experience includes working for AT&T as well as several software companies, including eXcelon Corporation.

Dean’s business approach is simple; he believes in treating customers and clients as he would like to be treated. This approach creates constant referrals, and subsequently, over 50 percent of its hiring is done through referrals from consultants, past consultants, and clients. “Because of this focus on client satisfaction, we are rated as #1 supplier by our clients across different verticals, including insurance, pharma, automotive, retail, and many others,” Dean mentions.

He goes on to mention that Revel IT has partnered with a minority and woman-owned business, Level D&I Solutions, that is focused on providing Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) training, D&I consulting, and recruiting with a strong focus on diversity. Working in liaison, these two organizations help businesses obtain and retain diverse talent and improve working conditions for employees. In a recent example, Revel IT was asked to work with a national distribution company to help their talent acquisition team increase effectiveness in diversifying their talent pipeline and mitigating bias in the hiring process. Revel IT worked collaboratively with Level D&I Solutions and together delivered training that the client rated as excellent—4.8 out of 5!

Such instances of client success always drive Revel IT to explore new ways to ensure client satisfaction. That’s why even during the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic, the company was able to add over 20 new clients, including several Fortune 500 companies. “We know we have to deliver every day to continue to earn our clients’ trust and our focus has paid off. We have retained over 99 percent of our clients over the past 5 years and we have a 5.0 rating at Glassdoor. These measurements show that our focus on delivery, kindness, and transparency create excellent results. The company today has 11 offices and expects to reach $500 million in sales within 4-6 years.

“We are in the top one percent of the IT Staffing industry based both on sales volume and client satisfaction and there is a lot of opportunity for us to grow quickly because every client we speak with is looking for a partner like Revel IT who will bring them quality, diverse IT talent while operating with a high level of integrity,” concludes Dean.

Revel IT CEO Recognized for Positive Impact in Diversity & Inclusion

Central Ohio Tech Power Player Awards, in partnership with the Central Ohio CIO Forum and TechLife Columbus, is celebrating the leading technology executives and companies in Central Ohio.

Revel IT President & CEO Randy Dean is nominated for this year’s Diversity & Inclusion: Positive Impact in Technology award. Dean says of the nomination, “I appreciate this nomination mostly because I and Revel IT believe in the power of diversity, and our goal is to hire the best regardless of background, ethnicity, etc.”

Revel has taken action to make a positive impact in the D&I space with the creation of Level D&I Solutions whose main focus is improving clients’ diversity and inclusiveness. “The whole intent in supporting Level is that we have a community of people who are capable but have been overlooked or have difficulty accessing opportunities. Companies want to engage this talent but are having trouble connecting to a broad diverse audience. Level is bridging that gap,” says Dean.

The benefits of this partnership include:

• Executive and Placement services focused on candidates with a diverse background.
• D&I Consulting services that include current state evaluation and a roadmap to help firms reach higher levels of success.
• Company branding events that provide excellent exposure to and interaction with a diverse candidate population.

Revel also instituted recruiting practices that ensure access to job seekers with diverse backgrounds for clients and internal hires. Additionally, the company is funding scholarships for those from diverse backgrounds, including upcoming Tech Elevator bootcamps.

The Central Ohio Tech Power Player Awards will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will be virtual.

Revel IT Partners With Diversity-Focused Firm Level D&I Solutions Launching in Columbus, OH

Revel IT announced a new partnership with Level D&I Solutions. This partnership will ensure recruiting practices allot fair access and opportunities for diverse candidates.

“The whole intent in supporting Level is that we have a community of people who are capable but have been overlooked or have difficulty accessing opportunities. Companies want to engage this talent but are having trouble connecting to a broad diverse audience. Level is bridging that gap,” says Randy Dean, President at Revel IT.

“During my time as Network Director for WITI (Women in Technology International), I was consistently approached by companies wanting to diversify their staff. I ran a network of more than 1,000 central-Ohio women in tech but regularly heard, ‘We want to hire women, but they just aren’t out there.’ Level exists to connect the dots for those companies looking for diverse talent and to provide clear paths to career advancement for underrepresented groups in business,” says Kristine Snow, CEO at Level D&I Solutions. Chelsea Akers, COO at Level, added, “Level D&I is changing the narrative around what diversity means and why companies should embrace it. We promote diversity of thought, which goes far beyond the traditional definition of diversity as ‘women and people of color,’ and the benefit to ingraining D&I into a company culture is astounding. The bottom line for companies is that maintaining a diverse and equitable workforce improves performance, and Level is creating the road-map.”

The benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Executive and Placement services focused on candidates with a diverse background.
  • D&I Consulting services that include current state evaluation and a road-map to help firms reach higher levels of success.
  • Company branding events that provide excellent exposure to and interaction with a diverse candidate population.

About Revel IT: Revel IT’s mission is finding and providing talent for our clients and excellent career opportunities for our consultants and candidates. We want to bring joy to the business of IT Staffing & Recruiting. Our goal is to do our jobs in a way that brings delight daily to the clients and people who we work with. Life’s too short to grind through every day as a small cog in some huge recruiting machine. We aim to impact people’s lives by providing opportunities for real career growth and success.

About Level D&I Solutions: Level D&I Solutions believes that for any company to succeed in today’s climate, it is crucial to embrace the differences of their staff and maintain an inclusive environment. We enable our clients to reach their maximum potential by providing a broad range of services and solutions to help organizations obtain and retain diverse talent and improve working conditions for all underrepresented groups in business.

Media Contact:

Randy Dean, CEO
Revel IT

Lunch & Learn: Systems Thinking for Dev Teams

Revel IT is hosting our first event of the year! This Lunch & Learn will be led by Jason Blackhurst and help IT practitioners develop a DevOps mindset. Click here to register – space is limited!

Clogs in the pipeline to production, mega-merges before code freeze, flaky tests, never-ending meetings, and overwhelming expectations from the management layer. Many teams face these types of problems every day, but it doesn’t have to go on like that.

This session, led by Jason Blackhurst, will illustrate how any member of the development team, including QAs, BAs, POs, PMs, and Devs alike, can adopt Systems Thinking to approach these issues.

You’ll learn ways to address the problems above as well as how to get yourself excused from the risk management meeting, a means to get more continuous integration, as well as a few pointers to help a DevOps culture take root.

In this presentation, you’ll hear ways to improve the entire system by addressing these issues.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

4900 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH, 43017

How to Find Us:

Revel IT is located on the corner of Frantz Rd and Blazer Pkwy. There is ample parking located in front of the building entrance.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please click the link below to register:

Revel IT Lunch & Learn

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020, 11:30 AM

4900 Blazer Pkwy
4900 Blazer Pkwy Dublin, OH

39 TechLife Columbus members Went

Clogs in the pipeline to production, mega-merges before code freeze, flaky tests, never-ending meetings, and overwhelming expectations from the management layer. Many teams face these types of problems every day, but it doesn’t have to go on like that. This session, led by Jason Blackhurst, will illustrate how any member of the development team, in…

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Alternative Paths Into the Tech Talent Pool – Revel IT in the Community

On November 7th, Revel IT employee Chelsea Akers joined Dublin Professionals to help celebrate a year’s worth of I.T. workforce development successes and discuss strategies for increasing the talent pipeline. Kevin Gadd, Ohio Program Manager for Apprenti moderated the panel, which was focused on discussing alternative paths into the tech talent pool, such as hiring veterans, sourcing talent through apprenticeship programs, developing talent through educational programs, and removing barriers for members of underrepresented groups to enter the workforce.

Chelsea Akers, Senior Account Executive at Revel IT and COO and Co-Founder of Level D&I Solutions was joined by Chuck Xenakis, Executive Director of Global Technology Recruiting at JP Morgan Chase, Chris Patton, Software Developer Apprentice at JP Morgan Chase, and Pinal Patel, VP of Nexient.

Why We Don’t Have Non-Competes

In the IT consulting business, employee knowledge of clients and consultants can be really valuable. Because of this, almost every competitor requires non-competes for internal employees and some try to greatly restrict job opportunities for their IT consulting staff. Against all industry norms we have chosen not to have non-competes for our internal staff.

Why did we do this and how has it worked out?

The why is easy, we fundamentally feel that non-competes are wrong. In the IT Consulting industry and in many other industries, non-competes are often used to try to deter people from making career moves to other firms. These firms requiring non-competes are not providing extra compensation, stock options, or some other valid compensation in return for a new hire greatly limiting their future job opportunities. Rather, signing one is a requirement of being hired and people often sign them because they feel they don’t have a choice or they don’t understand that in many states (Ohio in particular) non-competes are fully enforceable even if an employee is fired.

The equation isn’t fair because the candidate’s need for a job often outweighs the their preference not to sign a non-compete. Plus, most companies handle it as a standard part of their on-boarding process so that the candidate feels that it is a typical paperwork and no big deal.

Since the goal of a non-compete is to reduce an employee’s ability to move to a position with a competitor, it would seem likely that by not requiring non-competes our internal employee turnover would be higher. However, the exact opposite is the case. Compared to every national competitor in our business, Fast Switch internal turnover is tremendously lower. This same difference has held true with our delivery consultants. Our turnover has been so much less than our competitors that we’ve had major clients amazed and asking how we’ve managed to do this.

What has occurred is that by not using non-competes, we have to do what Richard Branson recommends, treat our people well enough that they don’t want to leave. Does it work? Our unwanted internal employee turnover in 2018 was less than 0% and through Nov. 2019 it is also 0!.

Revel IT Partner With The Columbus Zoo

Revel IT is partnering with The Columbus Zoo to support an exciting technology initiative called Columbus Zoo Technology Safari. This initiative is led by the new and very innovative CIO of The Columbus Zoo, Steve Mollmann.

According to Mollmann, “The first Technology Safari will be to focus on modernizing the web experience including a great mobile experience.

While our focus is the safety and wellbeing of all our animals and guests we have an ask of you. We need help with the modernization of our web experience so that we can take advantage of mobility to maximize our member and visitor experience. We want to develop a solution that will enable our members and customers to access information from anywhere, anytime on any device. We want to bring education and conservation to the forefront and build a much better experience for all.”

Mollman added, ” We are looking to tap into all the great information technology resources we have in central Ohio. We know we have people around central Ohio who would love to help the Zoo come up with some great ideas that can be developed into designs that will modernize the Zoo experience.”

Revel IT is very excited to be a part of this program to help improve the Zoo’s website and mobile experience. Revel IT President Randy Dean said, “We are blessed to have one of the best zoos in the nation and we are excited to help ensure that the Zoo’s web and mobile experience match the greatness of the Columbus Zoo!”

The Power of Staying in the Game

Below is an article from a great business coach- Roger Hall. I attribute a large part of our Company’s success, growing from $5M in sales to almost $100M in 10 years to staying involved with clients even when these clients are difficult. One of our fastest growing clients didn’t choose us 3 consecutive times in RFPs yet they are now a great client. We stayed in touch and involved and now this client is one of our most productive clients.

From Dr. Roger Hall, Business Psychologist (

The longer you stay in the game, the more likely you’ll be able to take advantage of a change in the rules. People who quit early, don’t get that opportunity. Resilient people may have an illusion that they have control over the outcome, but it keeps them in the game longer so that the situation can change and they can get a better outcome. It’s the difference between internal and external locus of control. If you believe that you control your events or not. You may be wrong but it may help you. (For more on this, look up my blog post about Chicago O’Hare airport).

As soon as you start to believe “I’m done. It’s the economy. There’s nothing I can do about it”. Hey! Somebody figured out how to make money in the Depression. In fact, a lot of people figured out how to make a lot of money in the Depression. All you’ve got to do is be the guy or the lady who figures out how you make money in an economic downturn. It’s hard. It takes creativity, but if you stay in the game, that’s when the opportunity will arise.

Internal locus of control is the sense that I control the outcome. External locus of control is the sense that something else controls the outcome. Successful people have an internal locus of control. When people tell me “Oh it’s the economy. The economy…” I don’t have any control over the economy but I have control over me. I control how I’m going to respond to the economy. That’s how people succeed.