Founded in 2003, Horizontal Integration is a certified Mi- nority Business Enterprise
with two key service lines: Digital
Agency and Staffing Agency. The
firm’s Digital Agency team offers
unmatched depth and breadth of
experience with the most complex,
enterprise-level Sitecore CMS implementation and enhancement
programs. In addition, the firm’s
Staffing Agency offers temporary
and permanent IT and Creative
talent needs, with over 500 active
billing consultants. Horizontal Integration is headquartered in Minnesota with additional offices in
Denver, Chicago and Vadodara,
India. The company is consistently
recognized for being a top workplace in the Twin Cities and one
of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. And
now, Horizontal Integration is also
recognized as one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms for 2017.
Sabin Ephrem, President & CEO
of Horizontal Integration, sat down
to discuss the firm’s financial performance and success.
Consulting: What were the
main factors that contributed
to your firm’s exceptional
Ephrem: We’re fortunate our orig-
inal vision of a digital agency and
staffing agency together under one
roof lines up well with where the
market has moved. This translates
into flexibility for our clients: our
digital agency can provide our ser-
vices on a project-by-project basis,
while our staffing agency can sup-
ply consultants that know how to
help our clients be successful.
Consulting:How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Ephrem: 2017 is another strong
year for us; we’ve won a number
of awards and we’re busy hiring
top talent to deliver exceptional
results for our clients. We continue to expand our physical footprint—both office space and personnel—beyond our Minneapolis
headquarters. We recently opened
an office in Dallas to support our
growing client portfolio in the
southern United States.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook
for 2018? Where do you see
the most opportunities?
Ephrem: Our growth and success is the result of careful planning and a realistic approach to the
market. We aim to continue with
our aggressive growth strategy
while also being pragmatic. This
includes hiring exceptional talent
and continuing to expand our geographic footprint.
Consulting:What would you
say are your firm’s biggest
challenges in 2018?
Ephrem: Our challenges continue to be closely aligned with our
opportunities. It’s about smart
growth and managing change.
Our culture is a big part of our
success and we need to evolve it
carefully to preserve the elements
that matter most.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean
to your firm, your employees
and your clients?
Ephrem: Awards like this really validate our philosophy. Our
culture is simple: hire people
with great character, create a fun
working environment and deliver
exceptional quality and service
to our clients. Being recognized
as a fastest growing consulting
firm is validation that we’re doing the right things.