Rona Borre is the founder and CEO of Instant Alliance, a Chicago-based staffing company that she started in 2001. When she graduated from the University of Arizona, she had landed a very good job with a global staffing company where she ended up leading the firm in sales and shattering every sales record they had.
The company would up being sold, and the culture changed drastically so Borre started her own company. She began in the spare bedroom of her condo and six months, 50 people were working for her. Instant Alliance has become a nationally recognized company that is woman-owned, and the profits have increased each year since the company’s inception.
When asked about her success in a recent interview, she stated that her company is small enough as a boutique company that she and her staff can innovate and try new things, where a larger company cannot. If a worthwhile idea comes up, they can try it, and then they go for broke. Her philosophy is that a company that is smaller can try new things and if it fails, it is not the end of the world; you just try something else until it works. Related article here.
Borre is a leader and instills her account executives to spend the time getting to know the upper management of their clients. It is important to hire people who will fit into a company’s culture, or the match won’t work. The track record of Instant Alliance of only having a 1% attrition rate of new hires since its start is remarkable. Check this important article on ideamensch.com.
Instant Alliance hires for some of the major companies in the Fortune 500, mid-sized companies and smaller companies too. Clients include McDonald’s, The University of Chicago, and the Argonne National Laboratories. Borre says that she never quits learning and that she is never satisfied, as there is always a better way of doing things. More of this on instantalliance.com.