Looking Back and Looking Forward…
Seventeen years ago, the Florida Marlins became the World Series Champions, Green Bay Packers won the Superbowl, Titanic won the Oscar for best movie, President Clinton was in office, Beanie Babies were the most requested Christmas toy, Claudia Schiffer was America’s top model, Elton John released Candle in the Wind, the number one TV show was Seinfeld… and…wait for it…NextGen was established.
As we celebrate these 17 years in business we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our clients, consultants and friends who have helped make our industry such an exciting environment to work in and who share in our success. When NextGen began, the world of technology was different, business was different and it continues to change so rapidly that we work every day to keep abreast of industry advances and changes in new technology.
Since 1997, NextGen has placed more than 4,000 consultants in positions throughout the US. That’s quite a number when you think about the impact that has on communities, businesses, families and the ripple effect which occurs from matching just one person with one company. This is truly a wonderful business to be in. And, while we are a staffing, recruiting and consulting firm with a focus on technology, we believe that our business is really a “people business.” Just last week, NextGen was recognized by Governor Nixon as the 2014 Governor’s Minority or Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award. Such an honor and I believe achieved in part because we at NextGen work to put people first.
At the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Economic Development at Lake of the Ozarks, September 3-5, NextGen was awarded for demonstrating outstanding success and contributions made to the community through charitable involvement and commitment to volunteerism as well as contributions to the economy. Specifically, we were noted for developing numerous innovative programs, including the RAV (Recruit A Veteran) Program and the We Care Initiative, a corporate outreach program designed to support charity, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and scholarship. This award is something that we are very proud of and a tribute that can only be shared with our clients, consultants, colleagues and friends of NextGen who have helped us throughout the years to achieve our goals.
It was also very exciting to see other businesses throughout the state that have such an interest and dedication to making our communities and economy stronger. Other awards at the Governor’s Council included, the Missouri Women’s Council Award of Distinction, the Governor’s Career Service in Economic Development Award, the Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award, the Governor’s Community/Redevelopment Project of the Year Award, the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, the Hawthorn Foundation Volunteer Economic Development Award, the Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Governor’s Business Project of the Year Award. The award winners were innovators, pioneers, entrepreneurs and businessmen and women who were truly inspiring. I often hear the saying, “It’s not personal, it’s just business,” yet I was so struck by the personal dedication of these award winners, and believe that plays an important part in their success as well as ours.
So, as we celebrate our anniversary at NextGen, we also pledge to continue to dedicate ourselves to making the workforce and the workplace better…for the next 17 years…and that is very personal.