Summus Group 2019 Year in Review

This month, Summus Group founder and managing Partner, Bill Sanders, takes over Sit Down with Summus to reflect on the past year.


 

As I sit here and reflect on 2019, it is hard to believe another year has gone by while on this amazing journey with Summus Group. Each year is unique, bringing its own challenges and rewards, ultimately leaving a distinct mark on a growing company.

2019 will be remembered as a year of tremendous growth at Summus Group; not just from the traditional measurements of success, but also from a maturity standpoint. In 2019, we continued to hire strong consultants and expand our internal team to better support our people and our clients. We also expanded into a new market this year. It is always interesting to experience the twists and turns of building a company. Going into 2019, if you told me Austin, Texas would be our next market, I would not have believed you, but we are there now with plans to continue building out this market in 2020, in addition to further growing our Charlotte and Atlanta markets.

Something I am extremely proud of is all the charitable work Summus Group associates have initiated and taken part in this past year. We supported 8 different organizations with time, donations or, in many cases, both. These amazing organizations support causes we are very passionate about from helping underprivileged children and feeding the hungry, to supporting our veterans and wounded warriors. Part of the Summus Group Mission Statement reads, ‘We relentlessly pursue…the improvement of our communities with integrity and passion.’ Giving back is an integral part of building a great company and it brings a smile to my face to know our associates are embracing and upholding this part of our culture.

While we don’t do any of this for the awards, we did win a few awards again this year and I would be lying if I didn’t say it feels good when the hard work of our talented associates is recognized by our industry and peers. For the third year in a row, we made the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Consulting Firms, and the Charlotte Fast 50 which recognizes the fastest growing companies in the Charlotte area. The award I am most proud of is Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, which we have been awarded for a second year in a row. We are looking forward to working hard and continuing to build upon this success in 2020.

As great as 2019 has been, 2020 is shaping up to be even better. Each year, we learn how to improve the company while continuing to focus on our growth. Our growth projections for 2020 are as strong as they have ever been, and as we continue to grow, we will continue to be able to provide a greater diversity of opportunities for our consultants while offering better service to our clients. We never have, and never will, claim to do anything perfectly or have it all figured out, but we will always ensure we are striving to get better at everything we do.

Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to all of the amazing Summus Group associates that have helped get us to where we are today. None of what we have accomplished has come easy and none of it could be done without each and every one of you. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.

Happy holidays and here’s to a great 2019 and an even better 2020!

Bill Sanders