Last year has been the most successful year in Slalom Consulting’s history, co-founder John Tobin explains, with the firm opening its twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth office in the US and its first international office in the UK. Looking ahead, the firm has even more ambitious plans, already planning to open another three offices in the near future, with its long-term expansion vision to be formulated in its Vision 2020 strategy the coming year.
Management consulting firm Slalom Consulting was founded in 2001 by current CEO Brad Jackson and North American President John Tobin, with an office in Seattle, which is still the firm’s headquarters. Since then, the firm steadily grew its footprint across the US, beginning with a second office in Chicago in 2005. After this, the firm opened 10 new offices between 2006 and 2013, notably in Atlanta, Denver, Portland and San Francisco in 2006, in Dallas 2007, in Southern California in 2008, in Hartford and New York in 2011, in Boston in 2012, and Minneapolis in 2013.
The firm’s most recent national expansion took place last year and saw the firm adding offices in Houston, Phoenix and Silicon Valley, increasing its US office count to 15.
Last year saw the firm not only expand within the US, in autumn 2014 the firm opened its first international office in London, with the ambition to grow both in terms of consultants and client work locally. Today, the firm has more than 3,000 consultants working from its 16 offices.
“By many accounts, 2014 was the most successful year in Slalom’s history. We achieved over 40% growth to the bottom line, had record revenue in many of our established markets, opened three new markets in the United States, and launched our first international office in London. It was a very good year,” explains John Tobin, Co-Founder and President of North America of Slalom Consulting.
With London just set up, the firm is already eyeing other opportunities as it plans to open its second international office in Toronto in the second quarter of 2015, in Philadelphia in the third quarter and in Washington DC in 2016
Looking further ahead, the firm has more ambitions and plans to grow its footprint even more, while strengthen the services it offers to its clients, ambitions that are to be formulated in the coming year in the firm’s Vision 2020 strategy. “This year we’ll begin to build our 2020 Strategic Plan, bringing us closer to realising the ambitious visions we’ve set. We’re on our way to achieving amazing things together. It is truly a great time to be at Slalom. I am so grateful for the journey we are on, and all that has taken place. I am even more excited about the future,” concludes Tobin.