Jay Laabs

Chief Executive Officer

Jay Laabs is Spaulding Ridge’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for all operations at the firm, with a focus on cloud strategy and client engagement. As a recognized leader in the enterprise software and professional services community, Laabs was recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2016.

Prior to Spaulding Ridge, Laabs gained distinction by founding Blue Stone International in 2005 and quickly scaling the firm to one of the largest Hyperion/Oracle firms globally, prior to selling the firm to Huron in 2013. While at Huron, Laabs continued to grow the Oracle business while also establishing Huron as a notable Salesforce.com partner. Under his leadership, Huron also aggressively expanded into the advanced analytics and enterprise resource planning areas. In his three years at Huron, Laabs grew the practice 5x in both people and revenue.

Laabs actively works with entrepreneurial leaders to scale their businesses through project work and executive coaching. He has previously served as an advisory board member and/or mentor for Acliviti, Levementum, Mavens Consulting, Ignite Journeys and One North Interactive. He is also a member and officer of Young President’s Organization (“YPO”) and Hyde Park Angels.

Laabs has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions through his own successful exit at Blue Stone International, his time at Davis Capital, the acquisitions he led at Huron, including ADI Strategies, Cloud 62, Threshold Consulting and Rittman Mead India and Spaulding Ridge’s acquisitions of Plan Rocket Consulting and Buan Consulting.

Technology areas of expertise include enterprise performance management, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, business analytics and finance. Industry expertise includes retail, real estate, professional services and natural resources. Laabs is also an active angel and private equity investor.

Laabs graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Finance and specialization in International Business. He is a member of the Bascom Hill Society.

Articles by Jay:

Spaulding Ridge Announces Additions to Leadership Team

14 Nov 2019

Spaulding Ridge, LLC, a leading cloud advisory and SaaS implementation firm, announced three colleagues have been added to its senior leadership team including John Beringer as Principal, Sam Kubek as Associate Principal and Karthik Nagarajan as Associate Principal. John Beringer was recently promoted to Principal to lead Spaulding Ridge’s DocuSign practice.  He brings a wide…
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Spaulding Ridge Announces Shane Sugino Joining as Principal over Higher Education

30 Oct 2019

Spaulding Ridge, LLC, a leading cloud advisory and SaaS implementation firm, announced Shane Sugino joining as Principal at Spaulding Ridge. Shane Sugino joined Spaulding Ridge to lead its Higher Education consulting practice that helps educational institutions leverage cloud technologies to efficiently and effectively manage their business operations and engage with the entire constituent lifecycle. Shane…
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Happy 1st Birthday to Spaulding Ridge!

04 Feb 2019

This has been a tremendous year. More ups than downs, but constant fun and excitement in start-up world. We started the business last February 1st with the acquisition of Plan Rocket and their team of 17. At our one-year mark, our band has expanded to over 100 rockers! We recently opened in Europe, so we are now taking the show on…
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Three Lessons From The Cloud – What We Can Learn From This Growing Technology

18 Jan 2019

When the cloud first became mainstream, the abstract nature of this technology made it challenging for many people to initially comprehend. Having data stored in a space that only existed digitally and was accessible from any web portal presented many potential challenges as well as opportunities. It was difficult to predict how things were going…
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The Best Investment I’ve Made In My Team (so far)

08 Jan 2019

Over the past 2 years, as Spaulding Ridge has grown from a small group of early believers to a dedicated and passionate team of over 75, I’ve been committed to doing things differently. We’ve prioritized the investment we make in our people – in building a culture committed to learning, personal growth and making a…
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Three Tactics for Efficient Collaboration in the Forecasting Process

08 Jan 2019

As we finish Spaulding Ridge’s 2019 budget and fine tune our ongoing monthly forecast process, I am reminded how much time finance organizations spend on cost containment without focusing nearly enough time on the revenue plan. Too often, finance relies on sales and marketing to set the revenue plan doing little to truly integrate revenue planning…
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Four Reasons to Standardize your Planning with Anaplan

02 Oct 2018

  Author: Jay Laabs After 20+ years in the Enterprise Planning space plus running a business unit of a public company and advising hundreds of companies, I believe that Anaplan’s vision of Connected Planning is a badly needed fresh view on how to streamline forward looking decision making for the following reasons: Utilizing a platform…
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Three Commitments to my New Team

25 Apr 2018

In 2005, I founded my first company, Blue Stone International. We bootstrapped, innovated, scaled, and eventually sold nine years later for $30M. It was fun, it was a ton of work, and I learned a lot that I’m now applying at my new venture Spaulding Ridge. Our current team of 30 will double in the next…
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