When Memphis-based information technology outsourcing firm Service Assurance last week announced it had been bought out by a division of New Jersey-based Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., some Memphians questioned whether the acquisition would put the House of Mews in jeopardy.
In 2010, Service Assurance made a long-term commitment to financially support the cat adoption center, part of Puddy Tat Protectors Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and care of homeless cats and kittens.
House of Mews founder Elain Harvey had contributed her own money to the center’s budget from its inception in 1994. But in 2010, Harvey was behind on her mortgage and planning to sell her home when Service Assurance CEO Mark Giannini contacted her after reading an article about Harvey’s decision.
Service Assurance stepped in to save House of Mews – a Cooper-Young mainstay that showcases adoptable cats in its storefront windows – by committing to provide needed repairs to the facility and agreeing to pay the House of Mews’ $1,000 rent for three years.
“The House of Mews will absolutely continue to be supported in just the same fashion,” Giannini said. “I went and told Elaine, ‘I’ve got to swear you to secrecy because we’ve not announced this, but I don’t want you to read about it in the paper.’ She and I talked prior to the press release going out.”