Chris Dalton, president and CEO of Acquity Group, co-founded his company after he saw that the evolving business environment demanded highly tailored, integrated solutions that were both creative and technologically sound. He led the company to meet this demand and helped develop the firm’s forward-thinking approach to integrating strategy, technology and design services to create comprehensive end-to-end digital solutions for clients.
Not many technology professionals would have started an IT consultancy in the immediate aftermath of the burst of the dot-com bubble, but Dalton and his partners felt it was the perfect moment.
“I had seen enough examples of what didn’t work and knew that if we put together the right kind of consultancy, based on what defunct dot-com firms had not done, we couldn’t lose,” says Dalton.
Eight years later, with a compound annual growth rate of 60 percent and nearly 300 employees, Dalton’s gut instinct is proving right on the money. Acquity Group has thrived in a competitive arena that averages a high failure rate and has been profitable since day one.
Dalton’s leadership and his focused vision have helped the firm build an impressive client list that includes Motorola, General Motors, Ritz Carlton, Kohl’s, Procter & Gamble and American Express. He is focused on helping these companies compete in today’s digital marketplace by implementing holistic, strategic solutions.
Dalton’s drive, determination and commitment to excellence and community carry through in his establishment of the Acquity Cares program, a public outreach initiative.
Also, in 2007, Dalton was inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Entrepreneurial studies Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
How to reach: Acquity Group, www.acquitygroup.com