Old school values, new school thinking
Atlanta-based consulting firm Jabian is a local operation. With
its roots firmly planted in Georgia, employees enjoy local brand
recognition, zero travel time, and the satisfaction of investing in
their community's businesses-all while working at a cutting edge
firm. The firm was founded in 2006 by Brian Betkowski, Nigel
Zelcer, and Chris Reinking, three coworkers at a "Big Five"
consulting shop. All current partners in Jabian, the trio built the
firm around three major principles: client service, local focus,
and an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit.
Priding itself on its ability to tackle its clients toughest
issues, Jabian focuses on the big picture, make or break factors of
doing business, including business strategy, customer interaction,
human capital management, operational excellence and technology
optimization and execution.
Though the firm considers itself "old school," Jabian often
comes by its clients' solutions in a unique way: via off-hours
Innovation Councils, where employees brainstorm for fun, not fees,
and challenge themselves to think way outside the box-and often the
bounds of their engagements. Results have ranged from innovative
social media apps to brand new revenue models.
Jabian has earned national acclaim from Consulting Magazine as
one of the Seven Small Jewels to Watch, and from the National
Association of Business Resources, receiving the Best and Brightest
award three years in a row. The Company has also gained local
recognition from Atlanta Journal Constitution as a Great Places to
Work three years running.
Work locally with entrepreneurial freedom
With employee turnover rates running at less than five percent,
Jabian must be doing something right in terms of job satisfaction.
Local focus has a lot to do with that: fewer than five percent of
Jabian's consultants have had to travel for work, with the travel
itself representing less than one percent of their working time. As
for the work itself, the company prides itself on giving employees
a true work-life balance, the ability to spend time on "career
focused activities", and providing consultants with projects that
do not require travel. When on the job, Jabian reports that most of
its employees' time is spent at client sites, and that a "career,
not job" focus allows consultants to hone expand and diversify
skills. Social events like corporate and mentor lunches help keep
the group close knit between projects.
Home grown business
Community is very important to Jabian, and it's a mutually
beneficial relationship. The company cites many bankable upsides to
staying local, including a deeper cultural understanding of
clients, strong reputation in the community, and closer
relationships, both with clients and between team members. Jabian
re-invests in the area that feeds it through both professional and
charitable involvement-which includes the firm's own non-profit,
(501(c)3 charitable foundation, Jabian Cares. But perhaps its
strongest advantage is visibility: since all employees are local,
their presence around town encourages clients old and new to feel a
sense of solidarity, security, and support-and to keep coming back
IN THE NEWS
Association for Corporate Growth Honors Jabian as a 2013
Fast 40 Firm
Jabian Consulting was recognized by the Atlanta chapter of the
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Atlanta) as a 2013 Fast 40
Small Middle-Market Honoree. Each year, ACG Atlanta honors 40
Georgia-based middle market companies that demonstrate the greatest
growth in revenue and employment over the prior three-year
Jabian Cares Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Marist
The Habitat for Humanity Marist Women's Build (MWB) demonstrates
a core value for those at both Marist School and Jabian
Consulting-active service supporting the local community.
Jabian Consulting Leads Georgia Science & Technology
Jabian Consulting - with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) - developed the Georgia
Science & Technology Strategic Plan, Innovate Georgia 2025. The
Strategic Plan establishes a holistic and practical vision,
mission, and set of goals. The components of the Strategy were
developed using Jabian's Strategic Planning Framework.
Jabian Cares Hosts 'Feel Beautiful Today'
Jabian Cares and Feel Beautiful Today teamed up to host an event
at the Jabian Consulting Atlanta office. Feel Beautiful Today is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to bring encouragement,
hope, and love to women affected by cancer.
Jabian Named to the 2012 INC. 500/5000
Inc. magazine has announced its 2012 rankings for the Inc.
500|5000, adding Jabian to the list of top U.S. companies for
growth and performance for a second year in a row.
Jabian Opens Doors in Dallas
The firm announced the expansion of its local-based consulting
model into a new community: Dallas, Texas. The office in Las
Colinas is now open and serving clients in and around the Dallas