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Last week we celebrated our six-year anniversary at Spaulding Ridge. Wow—time flies when you’re having fun. We had another year of bandmate development and growth, extensive client success, and rapidly expanding services we can offer.

I truly believe we have become a global alternative to the large cloud technology firms in our selected service areas. We now have over 100 bandmates in both Europe and Asia in addition to our 400 in North America. We are routinely engaging with our clients in all corners of the globe on our offerings, and we’re evolving in both scale and complexity every day.

Our portfolio of services is a big part of that expansion, as we now manage 11 technology partnerships. We have five technology practices bring in over $10 million every year. This allows us to work more strategically with our clients by having a broader view of their technology footprint and how it integrates together with an emphasis on driving better outcomes through data and automation. This has led to a more strategic set of offerings focusing on both the CFO and CRO offices including process transformation and industry specific solutions.

This expansion also provides more learning opportunities for our bandmates. We encourage our people to pursue cross-technology personal development as opposed to focusing on a single technology. New bandmates come in knowing they will be supported in expanding their learning horizons, supported by Learning & Development and People teams that measure up against what any $1 billion firm can provide.

We continue to be recognized as a top place to work by many publications. This year, I’m most proud of our recognition as a top employer in Toronto. We expect to win in our hometown of Chicago, but to win an away game only six years in is a major accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Toronto team.

Throughout all this work, Spaulding Ridge remains highly involved in our communities. I encourage you to watch the short video highlighting our giving efforts, and to learn about our newly relaunched Employee Resource Groups. We’re not just putting words behind our beliefs: We’re devoting action and resources to producing tangible results.

I want to specifically thank the following bandmates for reaching their five years of service:

Ben Ramirez, Logan Malone, Kendall Johnson, Jake McMillan, Alex Helin, Nick Verzino, Matt Jolliffe, Sean McDonald, Kevin Josephson, Mackenzy Hickner, Stylianos Kapadoukakis, Matt Fitzgerald, Megan Stoughton, Alex Morelli, Jacob Willems Van Dijk, Lizzie Markley, Matt Bernloehr, Peyton Cummings, Hannah Topliff, Erica Dahir, Keith Jackson, Taner Vardal, Dave Weiss, Chris Drews, and Astrid Becker Mondl.

I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing team. Thank you to my Spaulding Ridge bandmates for living the values daily and representing All Business is Personal. Rock and roll!