8-koi Supports STEM Scholarships and Women In Defense on the Space Coast

With help from dedicated volunteers like 8-koi’s Project Coordinator Sheena Heitzman, Women In Defense Space Coast (WIDSC) raised $8,500 in STEM scholarships at the 4th Annual Space Coast STEM Sandbagger Invitational Golf Tournament on May 7th. The sold-out event was held at the beautiful Baytree National Golf Course in Melbourne and the 8-koi ‘A-Team’ foursome joined Sheena on the greens for some good-hearted fun in the sun.

(L to R): Michael White, Les Daniels, Sami Mized and Trevor Baumann.

Putting on a golf tournament is no easy task. Sheena, who is also the treasurer of SCWID’s board, arrived in the early morning hours with other volunteers to setup and greet golfers coming out to support STEM scholarships for local students.

SCWID volunteers and golfers greet the day to raise money for STEM scholarships.

The Women in Defense Space Coast Chapter is one of 8-koi’s sponsored community organizations. Giving back to support education and women pursuing careers in national defense is very important to our company. 8-koi President Inga Young serves as vice president of the SCWID board and 8-koi was named the 2019 SCWID STEM Business Innovator of the Year.

Eyes on target

With our team working together and keeping their eyes on the target, twelve deserving Space Coast women will be presented with scholarships at the STEM Scholarship and Innovator Awards Presentation on Wednesday, June 23rd at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach with featured speaker Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports.

8-koi Helps to Close Pandemic Supply Gaps with PPE Donations Across US

With supply shortages affecting organizations of all sizes during the global coronavirus pandemic, 8-koi is working to protect critical community operations with KN-95 mask donations to fire departments, schools, and non-profit organizations serving the most at-risk.  

Over the past six months, 8-koi has delivered thousands of masks to students, teachers, first responders, and community servants in several communities around the company’s home state and in rural New Mexico. 

Last summer, when COVID-19 cases were inundating the Navajo Nation, our company sent a supply of masks to Cuba Fire Rescue to help protect the handful of dedicated volunteers answering emergency calls in several remote tribal communities on the borders of New Mexico’s designated tribal lands. 

In August 2020, 8-koi donated a supply of PPE to Cuba Fire Rescue in rural New Mexico in response to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting communities in the Eastern Navajo Nation

More masks were sent in January to the Sandoval County Senior Center in Cuba, NM, and to the Jemez Mountain Public Schools in Gallina, NM, where front line staff remained committed to supporting members of the indigenous population by delivering food and necessities to homebound elders and instructional materials and basic routine healthcare to isolated students in rural areas. 

Closer to home and most recently in Florida, 8-koi’s Vice President of Design Engineering, Victor Diaz, personally delivered KN-95 masks in February to the Dean of Academic Affairs and Health Science’s Edward Willey at Palm Beach State College to ensure practical training could continue safely for the faculty and students of the school’s acclaimed nursing program. 

On February 5, 2021, Victor Diaz Vice President of  8-koi’s Design Engineering Division delivered the supply of 1,000 KN-95 masks to the Dean of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences Edward Willey 

Also in February, 8-koi President, Inga Young, and Chief Operating Officer, Dean Rosenquist (USAF ret.), hand-delivered masks to JROTC and Athletics students at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, and to the Volunteers of America and Down the Road Thrift non-profit organizations in Cocoa that both provide veterans outreach services to include housing, employment, and basic needs. 

On February 10, 2021, 8-koi donated 1,000 KN-95 masks to Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School. The donation was accepted by the JROTC 3rd period class led by LTC (R) James M. DesJardin. Pictured from 8-koi are President Inga Young and COO Dean Rosenquist.

John Welch, Property Manager at Veterans of America and US Air Force retiree, said the KN-95 masks “protect much better than anything else and would allow staff and veterans to get tasks done safely.” 

On February 10, 2021, 8-koi donated 1,000 KN-95 masks to the Volunteers of America in Cocoa, FL where there are 80 Veterans residing and 15 staffers working. Pictured with 8-koi President Inga Young and COO Dean Rosenquist is John Welch, VOA Property Manager.

“It is really important to me that our company give back in a meaningful way with tangible outcomes,” said Young. “We have been providing healthcare support services to our government clients on contract for a number of years and I believe that experience prepared us for this kind of critical response where it matters most.” 

8-koi donated 200 KN-95 masks to Down the Road Thrift (Cocoa, FL) on February 10, 2021. Pictured with 8-koi President Inga Young and COO Dean Rosenquist is DTR Founder Jerry Vaughn. 

8-koi’s personnel have conducted advanced emergency medical training at Fort Detrick, MD, on contract since 2014 and were activated in 2020 to take temperatures for patients at overcrowded healthcare facilities in New York City. 8-koi’s contracted staff typically working directly with military and civilian patients at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, TX, were temporarily transitioned to assist Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) with notifying patients of their negative COVID-19 test results during the peak of the pandemic. 

The small company with just under 50 employees diversified into medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment early in 2020 for their existing customers with no expectations for the skyrocketing demand realized from new customers reeling from the public health crisis. 8-koi’s well-established Healthcare Division, previously focused on staffing and construction services at federal medical treatment facilities like clinics at Patrick Space Force Base and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, now supplies the Indian Health Service within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for provisioning comprehensive health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives in Hawaii and Oklahoma. 

“We had to learn a lot in the beginning, but we are so fortunate to have these supplies on hand and fill a need when so many lives are at stake. These donations exemplify our company’s core values of being thoughtful and dependable and represent the ‘human touch’ our team strives to deliver in service excellence every day – even at a safe distance.” says Young.  

Read the press coverage in Hometown News.

See more about 8-koi’s COVID-19 Response.

8-koi’s CDE Donates PPE to Palm Beach State College Nursing Program

Over 1,000 KN95 masks were donated to nursing students at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) as part of the long-standing commitment CDE and 8-koi have to supporting higher education across Florida.

Victor Diaz, CDE’s Engineering Manager and Vice President of 8-koi’s Design Engineering Division, delivered the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Dean of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences Edward Willey in January to help keep students safe while learning practical skills during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“It’s really important for us to continue to nurture this well-established relationship with our academic partners in the communities where we work,” said 8-koi President Inga Young. “Not only can we assist in helping colleges grow through improvements to their physical plants, but we aim to support the students pursuing careers in critical industries like nursing and the skilled construction trades that we all depend on.”

CDE is an engineering services provider-of-choice for PBSC and has designed, constructed, and maintained facilities on several campuses over the past twenty years. The KN95 masks are one of many available items in the medical supply inventory offered by 8-koi’s Healthcare Division.

CDE and 8-koi are proud corporate partners of the Palm Beach State College Foundation and supports their vision for “a better, healthier future through equitable education.”

Holiday Gift Drive for Devereux of FL

‘Tis the season! 8-koi is partnering with Space Coast Women In Defense and is proud to be a drop-off location for gifts to benefit children in need at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida. We will be collecting unwrapped gifts at our two Brevard County office locations until December 16th, 2020. Join us in sharing the holiday cheer!

Drop-off Locations:
301 W. Fee Ave, Unit 102, Melbourne, FL 32901
775 E. Merritt Island Cswy. Suite 230, Merritt Island, FL 32952

weVENTURE Directory of Women-Owned Businesses

Support Local Women-Owned Businesses! The weVENTURE Directory of Women-Owned Businesses is now LIVE.

weVENTURE has made it easy for customers to support amazing women-owned businesses right here in our local community! This searchable directory of women-owned local businesses in Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucy Counties is a FREE community service, and any business with a female CEO or founder may register to be listed at any time.

From Attorneys to Zumba instructors, this Directory has something for everyone.

Proud Supporter of Brevard Achievement Center

8-koi is honored to be recognized as a supporter of Brevard Achievement Center. At 8-koi we embrace a work environment that supports diversity and inclusion, enhancing our ability to develop fresh ideas and grow even stronger. Brevard Achievement Center, thank you for the opportunity to support your organization’s efforts and for making a difference in the lives of countless individuals with disabilities.

NASA Business Opportunities Expo

WOSB 8-koi is making connections and looking for business opportunities today at the NASA Business Opportunities Expo. Many thanks to all our supporters, community, employees and leadership that allow us to be poised for new growth and opportunities.