As much as technology changes, the core principles stay the same”

Eric Hardy

A member at Skyline Club, Southfield, Mich., since 2014
Who he is: Armed with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he joined forces in 1995 with college friend Patrick Tomina to start W3R Consulting, a technology consulting firm. Now 23 years later, as CEO and president, he has seen his startup grow to five offices nationally with revenues exceeding $50 million.

Clients include: Accenture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Comerica, Excellus, Health Care Service Corp., and McDonald’s.

Change of direction: Though the company started out providing IT and fulfillment solutions for Detroit’s automotive industry, it has expanded its focus in recent years to IT consulting, staffing services, and data analytics for the rapidly changing health care insurance industry.

Recent recognition: In 2017, Black Enterprise magazine ranked W3R 62nd on its list of the nation’s largest African-American-owned-and-operated businesses.

Next step: “We’re going to move from exclusively doing data work to data and security. Your health insurance records are probably the most sought-after thing hackers are trying to breach. So we’re addressing the security components — both processes and technology — that must be in place to assure that security.” 

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