05 Jul 10 Minutes with Scott Ekman: RedCloud Client Engagement Director
With nearly 25 years in the consulting industry, RedCloud Client Engagement Director Scott Ekman has built a career by emphasizing the importance of client relationships, resulting in long-term partnerships and business growth. Over the past three years at RedCloud, Scott has leveraged his past career experience and relationships to grow business, while helping to continue building our team of skilled and industrious consultants.
RC: Briefly describe your role and how long you’ve been at RedCloud.
SE: My role is Client Engagement Director. Sounds nebulous, I know! I focus on ensuring clients are getting the value they expect out of RedCloud and if not, am there to help step it up. I help with company strategy; hiring in the right talent, aligning the right talent to the right engagement (and client), and ensuring our consultants have what they need to be successful. I help continue to connect consultants across similar organizations, backgrounds and interests, and keep connected with clients on an ongoing basis to ensure they are getting the value they want. I’m a consultant at heart and still jump into strategy discussions with teams and clients when the opportunity presents itself. It’s a dream job! I’ve been with RedCloud for three years and hope to close out my career here.
RC: Given your background and other experiences, what stands out to you with RedCloud?
SE: RedCloud has built a culture “that cares.” Our consultants are our greatest asset and RedCloud has built an ecosystem that supports consultants on several levels including benefits, extra-curricular activities, challenging engagements, opportunities to learn, grow, and give back – all in a fun environment. There always seems to be a buzz in the air in the corporate office.
RC: What originally drew you to RedCloud?
SE: The leadership and an opportunity to grow something from almost the ground up. I’ve worked with our Managing Partners Brett Alston and Brett Clifton in the past and knew that we saw eye-to-eye on business values, approach to sustainable growth, and culture. We’ve all been around the block a few times and have learned a lot of lessons – it was an opportunity to build with what we knew worked and leave behind what doesn’t.
RC: Where do you see the future of consulting or the future of RedCloud?
SE: I see RedCloud branching out within the Greater Seattle area, with several anchor clients plus other mid-market and start-up clients. We will have a healthy mix of diversity across various industries including high tech, travel, retail, and healthcare. With our current trajectory, I wouldn’t be surprised if we doubled in size within the next couple years.
RC: Name one piece of technology you couldn’t live without and why?
SE: Bluetooth in the car. I am constantly driving between client campuses from meeting to meeting and get more business done in the car than you can imagine!
RC: What are you looking forward to the most this year with RedCloud?
SE: Client diversity and continued growth in our technically-focused services. With more growth in the high tech space in Seattle, there will be more of a need to leverage consultants to fill the demand gaps. RedCloud continues to build and strengthen these service areas and will be there to fill those gaps.
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