St. Louis-based technology solutions firm projects 30 percent revenue growth for 2011
St. Louis, MO, July 12, 2011—Oakwood Systems Group, Inc. announced it has been named Microsoft’s Central Region Partner of the Year Award Winner for 2011.
The award is the latest in a series of achievements. This year marks Oakwood’s fourth year of steady revenue growth, and the company is on track to grow by 30 percent through the end of the year. Oakwood will also celebrate its 30th Anniversary in July.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Microsoft for the work we do on behalf of our clients,” said Charles Windsor, President and CEO of Oakwood. “Few companies can say they are celebrating 30 years of a successful business in any industry, and we are proud to be a Microsoft partner for over 15 of those years.”
Windsor will be in Los Angeles July 14 to accept the Partner of the Year Award on his company’s behalf at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Only 285 of Microsoft’s 650,000 partners worldwide will receive awards at the conference this year.
Oakwood was recognized for exemplifying overall ‘best in class’ characteristics tied to revenue, marketing ROI, customer satisfaction, loyalty, and displaying significant innovation. The company has received several regional and area awards from Microsoft in previous years, including awards for Partner Excellence, Customer Experience, and Marketing Excellence.
Additionally, Oakwood has been recognized for attaining 16 competencies of the 29 currently available, three of which are Gold. In order to earn a competency, Microsoft partners must provide current client references and have team members who have demonstrated knowledge and aptitude by passing specific Microsoft certification tests.
Oakwood’s client list is comprised of mid-size and enterprise businesses in the U.S. and Canada, which typically have over $100 million in annual revenue. Other clients include large educational institutions, and smaller firms with a heavy emphasis on technology, including some recent start-up organizations.
Last year alone, new clients made up 25 percent of business, which led Oakwood to hire 23 new team members. The company expects to add 15-20 new jobs this year to its 125-member team. The company reports 15 percent revenue growth in 2009 and 20 percent in 2010, and credits organic growth and one small acquisition in 2009 for its steady success.
“Looking ahead, the whole concept of user-centered applications is where we see huge opportunities for businesses to leverage technology in new and effective ways.” said Windsor. “Technology is moving in the direction of mobile and cloud computing, and some companies are still figuring out how these technologies relate to their corporate roadmaps. This is just one of the areas we can help.”