SPI celebrates 25 years and promises exciting announcements in 2021
A new year is dawning and while the Strategic Partnerships Team (SPI) is brimming with excitement about a few upcoming announcements, the team is also pausing to acknowledge appreciation, gratitude, respect, loyalty and a renewed commitment to clients and friends who helped us build SPI over the past two-and-a-half decades.
What an incredible 25 years! It barely seems possible … the years have slipped by so quickly. In 1995, after leaving government, Janice Haddock and I opened an office for Strategic Partnerships with two clients – Northrop Grumman and AT&T. Our initial service offerings included the brokering of great partnerships between public and private sector entities.
Twenty-four years later, our client Northrop Grumman exited the state and local government marketplace to focus solely on the federal government, but AT&T, after 25 years, is still a treasured SPI client. Our service offerings have expanded, but our name tells our story well. The company was created to increase collaboration between public and private entities for the betterment of government, taxpayers, and the public at large.
Many clients have partnered with SPI for more than 15 years, and quite a few current clients are nearing a 20-year engagement with SPI. The line between consultants, researchers, and clients blurs as the working relationships becomes a true partnership. It is the people we work with, in both sectors, that we count as our greatest reward.
The SPI team grew quickly after the doors opened in January of 1995 and many of the company’s executives (Tommy Huntress, Gay Erwin, and Kirk Yoshida) have now been leading client service delivery for more than two decades. SPI’s client base has always been filled with industry leaders, global firms, and companies with unique offerings for governmental entities. Perhaps the most interesting part of our work is the requirement for us to stay abreast of every nuance, trend, news report, regulatory action, and legislative possibility for every industry sector where we have a client as well as every governmental jurisdiction where we are working. New team members are warned that “the learning curve at SPI is straight up … and it never stops.”
COVID caused 2020 to be a year that no business had planned for and although the year has been tragic, frightening, disruptive, and demanding to the point of exhaustion – it made the SPI Team stronger, wiser, and even more determined to help our clients survive and prosper in extreme chaos. It will be a relief to welcome in a new year filled with the promise of better days, greater stability, and a brighter economic forecast for people in both the public and private sectors.
Today, more than 85 consultants and researchers provide services to clients of SPI in numerous states. New hires are being announced weekly and the team is focused on providing excellence in services. Current service offerings include government relations, business development, procurement consulting, customized research and training. But, there is more! Watch this space for exciting announcements coming very soon.
We give thanks to our clients, public officials, and elected representatives who serve citizens, and all our friends. Thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged us through the past 25 years. We are more than grateful!
We look forward to more exciting times in 2021 and the years beyond … and, we wish all of you all a wonderful and safe holiday season.