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A HISTORY OF RAISING THE BAR

A View Into Geneca’s Past

The custom software industry has a long-standing reputation of being unpredictable when it comes to meeting project objectives. Knowing the marketplace craved a more predictable development process, Geneca co-founders Mark Hattas and Joel Basgall made it their mission to raise the bar on how software projects are delivered.

Their vision of a company based on the principles of making and honoring commitments, a service attitude, and accountability is now a reality. Today, Geneca is a trusted technology partner to many Fortune 1000 companies and a destination workplace for IT professionals.

1998

  • Co-founders Mark Hattas and Joel Basgall launch Geneca with a Y2K staffing project

1999

  • Geneca quickly moves from a technology focus to a more client-value-driven strategy
  • Geneca gains significant new business and adds its first anchor account
  • Doors open to Geneca’s first office (a 2-bedroom apartment in Naperville, Illinois)
  • The first hires are official – an IT recruiter and a salesperson

2000

  • Geneca staff grows to 12 people
  • First “real” office opens in Downers Grove, Illinois

2001

  • Geneca continues to expand staff and service offerings, including Java and QA
  • Client recognition begins for predictability and delivering value

2002

  • Transition from IT Staffing to project-based custom software development begins
  • First Project Manager is hired
  • Proprietary development engine, Virtual Foundation, is introduced
  • Best practices around risk management begin to take shape

2003

  • Office space is expanded to accommodate rapidly growing staff

2004

  • First Marketing Executive is hired
  • Market strategy around project risk management is formalized
  • First multi-million dollar project is won
  • A period of high growth begins

2005

  • Pace for winning large custom software development projects heats up
  • Marketplace likes risk management practices and strong growth continues

2006

  • Geneca moves into its corporate headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
  • Microsoft Gold certification is achieved for the first time

2007

  • Geneca introduces the Getting Predictable collection of best practices
  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the first time… coming in at #896 nationally
  • Geneca becomes one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work – the first of many workplace awards

2008

  • Geographic expansion begins with first major project outside of Midwest
  • Geneca University is established to enhance the professional development of employees
  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the second time… coming in at #1320 nationally
  • Geneca listed as one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work for the second time

2009

  • Getting Predictable continues to gain market acceptance and becomes a powerful competitive differentiator for Geneca
  • Geneca growth outpaces the economic downturn
  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the third time… coming in at #1482 nationally
  • Geneca listed as one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work for the third time

2010

  • Geneca positions itself for healthy growth by improving operational infrastructure and refining organizational development practices
  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth time… coming in at #3585 nationally
  • Geneca listed as one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work for the fourth time

2011

  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the fifth time… coming in at #3079 nationally

2012

  • Geneca makes the Inc. 5000 list for the sixth time… coming in at #4689 nationally
  • Geneca listed as one of Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest Places to Work for the fifth time