Achieve Continues to Grow
Achieve has opened a new location and things are moving forward with our expansion into the East. Based on incoming and past clients, we knew it was time to expand our reach to directly provide for and nurture all of our relationships in the Central and Eastern Time zones. Our Director of Partnerships, Andrew Gordon, has been leading the charge in Achieves growth into Nashville, ensuring improvements to client success as we expand our footprint. We are looking forward to continuing and improving our involvement in the Tennessee technology community.
East Coast Territory
Achieve has always had a handful of senior architects and developers on the East Coast traditionally working in a distributed model, or, working from home. This model has served us well until recently. Over the last 18 months, 75% of our new client growth has come from the Central and Eastern time zones. To keep our promise of Quality on Time, we simply realized it was time to make a larger commitment outside of California. The idea of Nashville started taking root when our CEO, Ron, was at a national software conference in Nashville back in 2017. Ron stated, “I realized there were two very important factors that make Nashville the obvious choice for Achieve. First, the city is friendly and clean, it holds a very similar culture to our home here in San Diego. Secondly, there are 30 Colleges and Universities that call Nashville home, plus a number of the highly ranked Universities within 100 miles.” In San Diego, Achieve runs at least three internship classes a year, ranging from 6 to 12 candidates per class. To keep up with growth and to ensure our future success, it became imperative we run a similar internship program in Nashville to continue overall development success.
A main reason Achieve has expanded to a location in the South East, is due to our longstanding partnership with Apigee. As our client numbers continue to grow, we want to to be able to better foster the relationship we have with them. With a number of Apigee’s management team located in New York City, D.C., Atlanta, and Nashville, our team in Nashville are able to visit much more frequently and address our partners from the same time-zone, making it easier for all parties involved to communicate. We are more accessible now more than ever to our partnerships and clients around the East Coast, making it easier to cultivate and grow our relationships.
Two Major Hires
We’re off to a great start, just in the past week we’ve on-boarded two new employee’s here at Achieve HQ that will be joining Andrew at our location in Nashville. We are thrilled to include Project Manager Matthew Werner, and Lead Developer Neil Kowalewski to our flourishing team.
Matthew has extensive experience in Project and Account Management with a specialization in software and techniques such as JIRA and Agile, working seamlessly with developers. His background consists of implementing web initiatives to drive conversions, launching client websites, and working on web-based products and site enhancements from inception to launch. He is coming from a national development agency in which he was able to work closely with enterprise-level brands. Both are added assets as our employee base continues to grow and we are looking forward to seeing our Nashville initiatives take off.
Our plan is to grow the Nashville office to 20 to 25 people by the end of 2020. That includes an intern class in no later than early 2020 and hiring Cloud Engineers to expand our partnership with Google now that we’re a full GCP partners.