Owning a successful business as a minority; the story of John Goullet

Is America really the land of opportunity for everyone that lives in it? Well, there are people who believe strongly that this is the case but to many others, they maintain the notion that there has always been a glass ceiling that has made it difficult for women, and people of certain races to become as successful as the rest of the population. To hear that there is an IT procurement company that is owned by a black man and it has been named as one of the fortune 500 companies is simply fantastic. Well, this is reality for John Goullet and his company Diversant LLC.

John is a graduate of Ursinus College. When he finished school, the first natural thing he did was look for a job. He worked as the IT guy in several companies before he realized that there was a gap in the field and looked for an idea that could fill it. The one thing that appalled him when he was working as support staff was that most of the companies he knew hired people that were either not happy in their jobs or not qualified enough for the same. He realized that the best gift he could award these companies was a service that handled the recruitment of the IT staff and made sure that every company coming to them got the right employees to work with them. Currently, the small boutique agency that he started has grown into a large company with an asset base of about $300 million and still growing.

One business strategy that this company has been employing and one that has led to success are complete responsiveness to the needs of their customers. In addition to working for his company, Diversant, LLC, john is a dedicated philanthropist. He has been trying to make sure that the business ideas that are born in Harlem stay there and that young black students start taking match and technical causes seriously. It is the combination of hard work and a deep caring for the needs of the other people in the community that has helped Diversant make it this far.

 

Irresistible things about Eric Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky will always command attention. He has attributes that are rare and appealing. Forget the fact that he is a handsome looking man; he did nothing to acquire that. I am more interested in attributes that are products of his inputs. After intense research and extensive reading on this fellow, I discovered three irresistible things.

 

Eric was born into the family of Bill, a structural engineer, on the 2nd of September, 1969. He was also blessed with an enlightened mother, a teacher by profession. Foundation is pivotal in the life of any individual, so we cannot detach Eric Lefkofsky’s success from his good parental background. The parents were good enough to give him sound qualitative education starting with Southfield-Lathrup High School to the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School where he bagged his Juris Doctor in 1993.

 

Only few Americans can rival Lefklofsky in terms of entrepreneurial acumen and competence. The number of successful companies he co-founded is alarming, they include Tempus, Groupon, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics(ECHO), Uptake, InnerWorkings and Lightbank to mention but a few. Also, he is currently the CEO of Tempus.com and the Chairman of Groupon.  See http://www.lightbank.com/team/eric-lefkofsky

 

The philanthropic nature of Lefkofsky still makes me wonder what kind of man he is. He is never tired of giving. He and his wife, Elizabeth, put together a charitable fund called Lefkofsky Foundation. The foundation has since been supporting charitable, scientific and educational causes. Over 50 organizations, in and outside the United States, have benefited from the foundation. However, most of the assistance is directed towards issues pertaining to children.

 

Lefkofsky has profound love for his community. He seems to be everywhere in the community helping to make life better. He is a Board of Director’s member at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Theatre Company, a performing art institute in Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is also one of the Trustees of Steppenwolf.

 

The irresistible qualities of Lefkofsky keep endearing him to people in and outside the United States.

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