Letter from the CEO

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It is hard to believe we are quickly approaching fall and the end of the government fiscal year. For most companies that means it is time to access performance year to date but more importantly, initiate the annual strategic planning process. 

As I look at Management Solutions, in our 20th year of business, I am thankful we have been able to double the size of our company over each of the last two years. With this growth however, I don’t ever want us to become complacent. According to McKinsey and Company, “about a quarter of companies don’t grow at all, and just one in eight achieved more than 10 percent revenue growth annually between 2010 and 2019.”

Profitable, sustainable growth requires leaders and managers, at all levels, to be on purpose in creating a culture recruiting and retaining top talent, fostering collaboration and have a process for selecting clients that value your services or products. Leaders must do more than say they “want growth” but, rather, they must allocate the resources and funds to enable their organizations to explicitly allocate time and dollars to growth service lines.

Many companies adopt an attitude of “Oh, we’ll just innovate more products incrementally to meet immediate customer needs and that would be enough,” which is a common mistake. Instead, leadership needs to map out a growth model that will enable the organization to reach a bigger aspiration and then be bold enough to ask, “will we really pursue this?” You must have the investment behind the goal which requires not only a mindset shift but also the alignment of the management team focused on the new path forward.

So, as you move into the beautiful fall season where the air is crisp and the colors are beautiful, I hope you take a second to think about the future of your organization and initiate the process of being on purpose to plan your future growth.

- Misty Mayes

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Management Solutions is thrilled to begin the third year of our contract to provide administrative support services to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM), under the leadership of Project Manager, Tiffany Hearn. Just as a journey is only as smooth as its terrain, a mission is only as effective as its path to execution.

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20 Year Anniversary Recognition

This month, as we continue our year long celebration of our 20th anniversary, I want to again recognize some individuals that have greatly impacted Management Solutions. As you have read previously, so many folks have given of their time and talent and this month I want to highlight two technical experts that had a hugely positive impact on our business.

First, Theresa Patterson Walsh, came on board in 2006 and was very instrumental in helping us expand our footprint at ORNL. Her strong technical and programmatic expertise and experience became the foundation of our PM and engineering service lines. Additionally, she used her outstanding writing skills to support us with various winning proposals and many successful award nominations.

Secondly, we want to thank Bob Guthrie. Bob is a phenomenal scheduler and really was key in moving our scheduling expertise forward. He stretched us to go beyond basic scheduling and to get into forensic analysis. Bob also helped us branch into the commercial marketplace.

So, to both of these technical subject matter experts, we say thank you for helping us along the way; we wouldn’t be where we are today without all your help and effort.

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Mention apple cider and it conjures up images of curling up by the fireplace on a chilly fall evening. It’s one of the pure joys of fall, right alongside apple picking, colorful leaves, fuzzy sweaters, and warm apple desserts. Apple cider is much more than a seasonal beverage -- it has health benefits, too. Because apple cider comes straight from the pressed fruit, you get many of the polyphenols (plant-based micronutrients and antioxidants) present in fresh apples which are excellent for heart health. While it tends to be high in natural sugar, apple cider contains some fiber, a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, along with minerals such and calcium, iron, and potassium. Source: Almanac.com