There’s no doubt that each year Maven Wave has been better than the previous – and 2018 was no exception to that as we celebrated our 10th year of continued growth. Put simply and to the point by partner and co-founder Brian Farrar, “We’ve had a decade of continued growth – we’ve doubled the size of the company about every 20 months.”
But while continued growth is a remarkable achievement and something we absolutely celebrate this holiday season, we’re especially fortunate to also be recognized with awards – both regionally and nationally – for our successes in 2018 more than ever before.
This year alone, Maven Wave achieved two Google Partner Specializations, was recognized as a global leader in IT & business services, secured a spot on several lists dedicated to fastest growing firms and best places to work, and was named Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year.
To take us back to the beginning, Maven Wave kicked off 2018 on a high note by achieving the Data Analytics Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Program. By earning the Partner Specialization, Maven Wave has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions in the data analytics field using Google Cloud Platform technology. This set the bar high for the rest of the year, as achieving this specialization advanced the company’s cloud and digital transformation capabilities to better serve their enterprise clients.
Although Maven Wave has been recognized by Great Places to Work® before, that doesn’t mean we take the accolade lightly. Our people are undoubtedly our most important asset, and you can’t have great people without a great working environment. This year, Great Places to Work® and FORTUNE named Maven Wave as 2018 Best Workplaces™ in Chicago in addition to our second consecutive year as a great workplace today by Great Places to Work®.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of Chicago’s Best Workplaces. Our talent is unmistakably the beating heart in this rapidly growing company. At Maven Wave, we foster a culture of exceptionally strong individuals who push their learning limits every day while working on our clients’ most critical and advanced technology initiatives,” says Jeff Lee, Partner and co-founder of Maven Wave.
But the recognition didn’t stop there. Over the summer, the company was named One of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”® while also being named the 42nd fastest growing company in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business – making both lists for the fifth consecutive year.
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. The Crain’s Fast 50 list ranks Chicago-based businesses with the highest five-year revenue growth rates.
But perhaps the most coveted award of the year was presented at this year’s Google Cloud Next Partner Summit, an event that showcases Google Cloud partners spanning G Suite, GCP, Maps, Devices, and Education in San Francisco. At the event, Maven Wave received the 2017 Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year award.
“Our partners are fundamental to providing a great product to customers, particularly as demand for Google Cloud innovations grows,” said Chris Klayko, Managing Director, Americas, Google Cloud. “We’re delighted to recognize Maven Wave as the 2017 Google Cloud North America Services Partner of the Year, based on the company’s dedication to helping Google Cloud customers across North America achieve successful cloud transformations.”
But the lists didn’t stop there, either. As the year went on, Maven Wave landed the #39 spot on Fortune’s 50 Best Small Workplaces Nationwide, #30 on Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms, TalentDesk’s Best Consulting Companies to work for in 2019, and Clutch’s List of Global Leaders in IT and Business Services.
To cap off an already monumental year for us, last month Maven Wave achieved the Location-Based Services Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Partner Program. By earning the Partner Specialization, Maven Wave has demonstrated success building and managing applications using the best of Google Maps Platform and Google Cloud Platform in both web and mobile environments.
Google Cloud Partner Specializations are designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solution and service areas, and we are honored to be recognized as a trusted partner in so many categories.
Nonetheless, if you look back at our very decorated year and ask any of our Mavens how we did it, they’d all tell you that it wouldn’t be impossible without our team. As partner and co-founder Jeff Lee puts it, “to us, talent is everything, and it makes the difference between winning and losing.” He continued, “To us, the main element that makes the difference is X-factor… an intangible quality that leads to likability, magnetism, and influence.”
Thank you to all of our employees, clients, and colleagues for a great 2018! We look forward to 2019 and achieving yet another year of continued success. To learn more about the awards we’ve received in 2018 and in prior years, please visit our awards page. Happy Holidays from everyone here at Maven Wave!