40. Prime 8 Consulting Growth Rate: 91% HQ: Bellevue, Wash.
Prime 8 Consulting is a Seattle based, strategic technology and management consulting firm, working collaboratively to develop innovative business and technology solutions for a diverse set of industries. Founded in 2006, Prime 8 Consulting quickly became highly regarded for its Strategy and Program Management expertise. As the firm has grown, it has added the talent and expertise to round out what it calls its “Great 8″ services. “These service lines, the depth of experience of our consultants and the fact that we truly enjoy what we do, are the foundation for the ongoing success of our company and our client partnerships. Growth for growth’s sake is not what we’re interested in as a company. Growth is a natural outcome if we simply focus on the overall experience of customers and employees,” says Drew Sharp, Founder and CEO of Prime 8 Consulting. Prime 8 Consulting is best known for its Strategy and Program Management expertise. “As we have grown, we have added the talent and expertise to round out our ‘Great 8’ services. These services lines are the foundation of our success and have resulted in substantial benefits to our clients,” sharp says. “We have developed solutions to assist Fortune 500 companies in Europe, Africa and Australia as well as the Pacific Northwest, where we are located.” Sharp sat down with Consulting to discuss the firm’s 91 percent growth rate and No. 40 ranking on this year’s Fastest Growing Firms list.
Consulting: What were the main factors that contributed to your firm’s exceptional growth?
Sharp: The Main factors contributing to our exceptional growth are: Customer-first in everything we do. If the client succeeds, we succeed! Ensuring we hire the best quality talent. As soon as you compromise, then down goes your quality and brand; diversification of client base while simultaneously growing within our existing client base; Introduction of new business models and revenue streams; and, having a clear and aspirational vision that everyone can rally around and understand how they contribute to that vision.
Consulting: How is this year shaping up for your firm?
Sharp: This year is shaping up to be even more exciting than last year with potential for even greater growth.
Consulting: How would you describe your firm’s outlook for 2017? Where do you see the most opportunities?
Sharp: The outlook for 2017 is promising. We are excited to grow in areas that are new to us and that is the biggest opportunity—trying new things.
Consulting: What would you say are your firm’s biggest challenges in 2017?
Sharp: Because talent is the lifeblood of any consulting company, sourcing the best of the best is a constant challenge. It’s something you can never compromise on.
Consulting: What does being named one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your firm, your employees and your clients?
Sharp: We are incredibly proud of this amazing achievement, particularly because we’ve grown our footprint by staying true to what we do best: employing super smart, happy people who want to share in our clients’ experience and success. We have an awesome team and look forward to this continued growth trajectory. It will be fun to watch and be part of this space.