Hiring a new employee can be satisfying as well as a relief. You feel the satisfaction when you've roped in someone who can deliver great value for your company; the relief comes when you know you've filled a critical role that – if unfilled – could potentially hurt business.
Then the question turns to: How do I keep this person for as long as I can?
Aspire Technology Partners has made its mark in the channel over the last two decades, growing from what started out as a six-person firm to one with 85 employees. Last year, it ranked No. 318 on CRN's Solution Provider 500, up from No. 402 in 2015.
Jim Sherriff (pictured) is the CEO of Tech Qualled, based in Fort Worth, Texas, an organization committed to vetting and training military veterans for careers in sales. He previously served in sales roles for Cisco, including senior vice president for its partner organization in the Americas. He also served as global vice president of Hewlett-Packard Consulting.
The last quarter-century in the technology industry provides more than a history lesson in how companies rise and how others fall. There are a few stories to tell of companies that have endured the many waves of change and are still standing today.