Brain Power to Business Power

Mr. Sridhara Gutti has possessed entrepreneurial ambitions from a young age and was consistently focused on the goal of leveraging his full intellectual potential to work on building something impactful. He started his career in the geospatial field and furthered his education at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Mr. Gutti eventually started his own company, Essnova Solutions, Inc., in 2005, which held the original mission of providing innovative solutions for power companies and utilities.

Mr. Gutti knew he wanted to expand the scope of his business at Essnova past geospatial work, so as the company continued to grow, it further expanded and diversified itself. Today, Essnova provides a wide variety of technology and programmatic support services to the federal government including cloud migration, robotic process automation, human centered design, customer experience and GIS/environmental services. Mr. Gutti takes pride in his team, explaining that Essnova ignores limitations that normally hold companies back and highlighted how his team asks the tough questions in order to move forward and excel for clients.

Mr. Gutti originally came into contact with the Atlanta MBDA Business Center after attending a National Small Business Association Conference in Atlanta, and he began working with the Centers in 2019.

The Atlanta MBDA Centers’ programs and trainings have been a wonderful resource for Essnova. Our company has been fortunate to take part in industry-specific training programs that have helped our business thrive. When things like federal compliance requirements are updated, we know we can count on the support of the MBDA and their larger corporate sponsors to help us get up to speed. We have an ecosystem of resources at our fingertips, and Donna Ennis was a big part of making that happen for Essnova. Our company has the ability to continue learning thanks to the partnerships created by the MBDA. – Mr. Sridhara Gutti

Essnova greatly values its relationship with the Atlanta MBDA Centers, noting the resources provided by the group are invaluable to businesses and their teams. Mr. Gutti also commented on the PPP funding Essnova received through the CARES Act, stating that his company was able to continue to grow and pull in new business in 2020, even in the midst of a pandemic.

Recently, Essnova Solutions was ranked No. 20 on the Financial Times list of Fastest Growing Companies in the Americas. Due to Mr. Gutti and his team’s hard work and aligned vision, Essnova has enjoyed triple-digit growth. Essnova continues to add roles like proposal managers, business development, program managers and technology talent as the company continues to expand in federal contracting, education and commercial, state and local sectors. To further facilitate exponentially growing and expanding services into various federal agencies, Essnova is looking to establish relationships with strong mentors through the SBA Mentor-Protégé program. As far as physical growth goes, Essnova is currently looking to open satellite offices in Washington D.C., Huntsville, Atlanta and, possibly, Colorado.

To learn more about Essnova Solutions and Sridhara Gutti, make sure to visit LinkedIn @Sridhara Gutti and Twitter @SriGutti. Or you can visit essnova.com to learn more about the company!

A Twenty Year Partnership

Ken Taunton, the founder of The Royster Group, originally began his career as a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company covering his home state of Alabama and the Washington D.C. territories. After six years in the sales organization, he was promoted to be the Southeast Regional Recruiter headquartered in Atlanta, and Mr. Taunton described the excitement and passion that recruiting brought him. One day on an airplane, Mr. Taunton found himself in a conversation with a Managing Partner who worked for an international executive search firm. Following this conversation, Mr. Taunton was later interviewed at a competing firm and hired in their healthcare recruiting division.

Upon the burst of the tech bubble in the ’90s, the recruiting firm Mr. Taunton worked for downsized from 60 associates to 20 as a struggling economy results in few open job positions to fill. When one of the partners of his agency left the firm, Mr. Taunton quickly decided to make a shift to starting his company. Over his working experience, Mr. Taunton recognized the lack of diversity in executive candidate pools. He felt that his focus on presenting qualified and diverse candidates would serve as his niche for his firm. On September 1, 2001, Mr. Taunton founded The Royster Group.

Mr. Taunton described the difficulty of opening up his business just days before the tragic events of 9/11. With an economy on lockdown and an extreme sense of uncertainty surrounding all aspects of life, a new business venture proved to be very difficult. As Mr. Taunton navigated through the unfolding chaos, he put most of his focus on finding certifications and associates which would help ground his business and open the door for The Royster Group’s long-term success. Through this process, Mr. Taunton read about the services offered by the Atlanta MBDA Centers, which assisted clients in applying for business certifications and securing contracts. Mr. Taunton quickly reached out to the centers and has been a client ever since.

Working with the center for approximately 20 years, Mr. Taunton commented on how he has relied on the Atlanta MBDA Centers for various needs as his company has grown over time.

“When an entrepreneur starts a company, you don’t have the workforce or the capacity to help write proposals or help with the tools that are needed to evaluate pricing standpoints for different agencies. The centers were a huge piece of my process from the start. Also, from the operations side, I established systems that led to a more developed structure as we grew. As a result, I could focus on larger scale projects and contracts.” Ken Taunton

Mr. Taunton spoke about how recently the Centers, particularly, helped The Royster Group secure a spot as one of 36 companies to participate in a $7.5 billion government contract with the Defense Health Agency.  This fantastic opportunity for the company marks just one of the many successes The Royster Group has experienced as of late. This past year, The Royster Group achieved $22 million in revenue as they have been focusing primarily on recruiting healthcare providers for government agencies across the country. Holding firm to the ultimate vision of saving lives and eradicating unemployment, The Royster Group operates on its core values of customer service, integrity, teamwork, accountability, and respect.

To learn more about The Royster Group, please visit their website and LinkedIn page.

Georgia Tech’s Custom Career Portal

This week, will be the final part of our Georgia Tech resource series specifically focusing on the Georgia Tech Career Center, but do not worry, our following articles will continue to explore other opportunities offered by various groups and centers at Georgia Tech. To close out our Career Center segments, we are emphasizing the main tool that employers can utilize when recruiting Georgia Tech students, CareerBuzz.

What is Career Buzz?

CareerBuzz is Georgia Tech’s specific online career portal open to current students, alumni, faculty, and employers. Similar to other hiring platforms, CareerBuzz allows employers to create an online employer profile where they can upload open job opportunities. These employer profiles will be visible to Georgia Tech students and alumni, and they describe your company’s industry, size, and location. Creating a detailed employer profile is a great way to connect with students who might not have heard of your group or visited your company at a career fair.

After creating an employer profile, you have the capability of uploading open positions onto the platform which students can find through independent searches. For example, if your group is looking to hire an intern for Human Resources during the next academic semester period, Georgia Tech undergraduates majoring in Business Administration will come across your job posting if they search for Human Resource related positions as well. In contrast with other online job boards, CareerBuzz will allow you to customize the job listing for specific Georgia Tech majors, degree types (undergraduate, graduate, or alumni), and years in school (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). These unique features make recruiting students significantly easier if your group is targeting a specific age range of students.

How to Access CareerBuzz?

First make sure to visit the Georgia Tech Career Center page and read the previous articles in our series to learn more about the various resources available to employers engaging with Georgia Tech. Then follow the steps listed below from the Career Center:

Georgia Tech uses CareerBuzz to manage all of its job, internship, co-op postings, and on-campus interviews.

To ensure all students and recent alumni within 2 years of graduation have access to all job postings we ask that employer use our FREE online job posting and management system (CareerBuzz).

Step one is to set-up your account and employer profile on Careerbuzz.

New users should log on to CareerBuzz and click on “New Employer Registration.”

Returning users can log on to CareerBuzz with their username and password.

After you have created an account, you will receive an approval message with your log-in information within 48 hours, at which time you can post a job.

Step two is to create your job posting.  Log into your Carerbuzz account.  Under the “My Quicklinks toolbar on the right select “Create a New Job Posting.”

If you are interested in posting a job and/or internship or co-op, and HOLDING INTERVIEWS ON CAMPUS please go to our On-Campus Recruiting tab for additional information.

Whether your company is looking to hire a next round of student workers, or your group is attempting to start a brand new internship or co-op program, CareerBuzz is an easy place to begin. By posting your jobs on CareerBuzz, you are guaranteed to tap into a network of Georgia Tech students eager to gain valuable work experience and contribute to your company’s overall mission.