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|BNH's List of Ten Companies to Watch: #7|
|Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018|
Each year, Business NH Magazine features 10 private companies that are fast growing but do not have the revenue, yet, to make the list of the Top 100 Private Companies in NH. Here is one of the 2017 Ten to Watch:
The Autumn Group
Joseph Centrella, president
Three-Year Avg. Revenue Growth: 71.44%
Headquarters: 7 Wall St., Windham, NH 03087
Product/Service: IT staffing
President: Joseph Centrella
Total Number of Employees: 18
When Joseph Centrella started The Autumn Group seven years ago, unemployment hovered between abysmal and bleak. “Unemployment rates were 10, 12, 15 percent in some areas,” Centrella says. With his professional relationships and past experience in the staffing arena, Centrella “felt like it was a great time to penetrate the market when things weren’t going so well.”
And it paid off. The firm experienced 71 percent average annual growth during the last three years. That was driven, in part, he says, by building relationships and the brand itself over those tough high unemployment years. “It allowed us to manage money accordingly,” especially when potential clients told them, “we don’t really need your services now but get back to us at a later date,” he says.
Centrella also attributes the firm’s growth to cultivating a solid stable of job candidates imbued with the firm’s core values: loyalty, passion, collaboration and integrity. The Autumn Group was able to do so, in part, because it treats candidates as part of its internal staff.
“Typically staffing places, you make a placement, you drop them off, every now and then you might hear from that organization,” he says. “I think we’ve done an amazing job of creating a brand that cares.”
Centrella says the firm is expecting another growth year in 2018 and may add as many as 10 jobs. After recently opening a new office in North Carolina, Centrella says the firm is eyeing other markets for possible expansion. “It’s about making sure we continue to diversify and reinvest in people and in other opportunities,” he says. “And it’s about the brand. What can we turn the brand into? Is it as good as a Coca Cola, or a Nike or a New Balance? It’s going to be hard to get there, but we are going to try.”
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