It has been 12 months of change and fast-moving circumstances, quick decisions and a lot of uncertainty. Now is the time to take stock of the lessons learned and celebrate the successes.
This year has allowed us to really value the positive moments and I am sure that we all have a different perspective now than we did at the beginning of 2020.
Here are some of my Mackin highlights as we look towards the New Year and beyond.
Opening of five new offices
In the midst of a global pandemic, the opening of five new office locations in Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, Hartford, Connecticut and Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina was a welcome positive. While we didn't get an opportunity to get boots on the ground, that will be a key focus for Q1 in 2021.
Building blocks for 2021 and 2022
Next year also brings further expansion for Mackin Talent, with plans well underway in Colorado and Florida. We hope to be fully set up by Q1 2021 at the latest and we are also building out new teams in Shanghai and Vancouver.
This is going to be an exciting time for Mackin which, coupled with the news that the vaccine is on the way, gives me renewed optimism for the years ahead.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year
The year started on a high for me personally, when I was selected as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year. Having the opportunity to (virtually) stand in the company of many great entrepreneurs, allowed me to reflect on my professional journey as well as taking stock of how Mackin has evolved and grown as a company.
Proving the true spirit of Mackin
When lockdown was implemented, we all had to quickly adapt to a new way of working and liaise with our clients in a completely different way. As the year rolls to an end, I hope it’s not lost on everyone at the Mackin Group just how well everyone has done. Teams everywhere have worked in different high-pressure situations, dealing with everything from remote working, home-schooling, baby-minding etc. and all while trying to get a day’s work done.
For me that has been the biggest win for the company this year.
In the face of uncertainty we all pulled together showing the true spirit of what it means to be part of a team. While companies were falling away, losing their staff, reducing their payments, Mackin stood up and lived up to our most important company value ‘Relationships Matter’. We had zero loss on contracted positions, onboarded several new positions, no one took a pay-cut, several received raises and we grew our overall revenue by almost 25%.
Even though this year was filled with many unpredictable moments as individuals we all had our own triumphs and, at Mackin, we had team triumphs too. After this year I think it is more important than ever that we celebrate and reflect on our achievements.
I would also like to say thank you to all our clients, partners and friends, who have worked in partnership with us. We look forward to working with you in 2021.