News CESO Dayton Recognized as a Top 100 Company

CESO has been named as one of the Dayton Business Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Companies. The list ranks the fastest growing Dayton area companies by their average revenue growth.

President Steven Olson, AIA, NCARB, recently had an opportunity to discuss how CESO’s growth is making waves in the industry through recent expansions and hirings. Opportunities for the company are not slowing down, with even more initiatives planned in the company’s pipeline.

What was the company’s biggest accomplishment in 2018?
The latest step in the ongoing growth and expansion of CESO was the opening of an office in Phoenix, Arizona, marking the firm’s first West Coast based location. This office allows CESO to connect with West Coast clients on a more personal level as well as showcase the firm’s services and expertise to a greater audience. We are most proud, however, of maintaining a strong culture across nine offices and continuing to strive for growth without compromising or losing our focus on serving our clients and our local communities.

What are your company’s plans within the next 12 months?
Over the next 12 months, CESO will continue to focus large national programs. The addition of a tenth office location is being considered and our growth projection across the organization is above 15%.

What are some challenges CESO or the industry is facing? How does the company plan to overcome them?
CESO is committed to diversifying our portfolio for the future without neglecting our current strengths and clients. Each new associate brings new ideas as well as opportunities. Our growth will be driven by hiring, training, and retaining the best people.

What are some of the company’s goals moving forward?
Our goal is that our clients view us as a true business partner as our success is intrinsically linked to theirs. It is our hope to double in size over the next five years through both organic growth and national expansion.

What advice would you offer to growing companies throughout the area?
Be true to your culture, which is not a “thing” you can point at but is actually the “result” of everything you do. Also, don’t hire for position, but rather hire talent with great attitudes and design your organization around them.

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