Address: 1110 Old World 3rd St., Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Year Founded: 2009
Product or Service offered: 7Summits specializes in social business strategy and planning, social marketing and outreach, customer and employee-centric communities, and socially-enabled business processes. The agency combines strategic, creative and technological talent with deep expertise in social business and analytics.
Projected 2013 Revenue: $12.1 million
Chairman and CEO: Paul Stillmank
Other key members of the leadership team: RJ Reimers, co-founder and president; Rob Murray, senior vice president of business development; Bill O’Neil, senior vice president of creative experience; James Davidson, vice president of digital strategy; Cullen O’Brien, vice president and client managing director.
Target Clientele: Fortune 1000, Global 2000 mid-market fast movers – rapid growth to $1 billion segment, higher education, health care, health care services, software and high technology, financial services, B2B and B2C companies
Business organization memberships: None
What has fueled your company’s growth?: “Delivering business value for our clients has led to tremendous repeat business and case studies, which are driving net new business. Also, having a national focus, we are seeing strong client activity on both coasts.”
What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?: “7Summits is celebrating its third consecutive year of triple digit growth. Like any rapidly growing company, our challenges revolve around attracting and on-boarding talent fast enough. We are further developing our methods and training programs to ease that.”
Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months?: “7Summits is continuing to add new partnerships with top-tier social technology companies, like Bunchball, Box, Spredfast and others. We are in the process of evaluating additional geographic markets and finalizing our plan to evaluate capital strategies to meet that demand.”
Who are the business people, locally or nationally, whom you admire? And what traits do those people exhibit that make you admire them?: “Warren Buffett for his entrepreneurial and contrarian philosophy towards business.”
What is the outlook for the business conditions of your industry over the next several months?: “McKinsey Global Institute recently released a report confirming the business value that is being unlocked through social technologies. 7Summits expects to see continued strong demand for all of our solutions because they all provide very tangible results.”
What is your company’s most important growth strategy right now?: “7Summits’ growth strategy revolves around a number of opportunities, including enterprise-wide social solutions, purpose driven pre-built online communities, new market centers, expanded alliance relationships, and a deep focus on industry specific markets.”