To Whom It May Concern,
As a specialty commercial subcontractor over the last 5 years CHM Weatherguard has built what we felt was a successful, stable, and profitable company. However, we found ourselves “stuck in the mud” over the last 24 months and had seemingly reached our growth and profit plateau. We as an ownership and management team were struggling to find the tools and strategies that would allow us to take the next leap in our business. All the planning and efforts we attempted seemed to be in vain and we began searching for a partner that could help us understand what we were doing right, but more importantly what we were doing wrong and how to address those issues.
After finding Cogent and working through the initial Project Review, we felt that their team was the perfect partner to help guide us through the process. Our Project Director, Matt Baker immediately helped us see the value in revising many of our processes and putting specific accountability in place for each position. Job Descriptions, Evaluation Tools, Management Tools as well as generally streamlining the communication between departments has shown immediately changes. Even more importantly we gained a deeper understanding as owners of a financial documents, a better cash flow analysis approach, a different view of labor burden rates, as well as a unique overhead and breakeven analysis. Their recommendations and view of these three specific items allowed us to budget and plan with a “profit up” mentality.
In addition, we have decided to move forward with their Strategic Tax Planning associates as well to help maximize our potential profits and protect our investment and hard work in this organization and its employees.
We are excited to work with these tools and make the structural and behavioral changes needed to help facilitate what we believe to be the path to success in the coming months and years. Matt Baker is a pleasure to have on our team and we look forward to the Life Cycle Partnership moving forward with Cogent to help us meet our long-term goals.
We would strongly recommend their unique process for anyone looking to simply just improve their business method or those like us who are striving to take the next leap in their business.
Ryan Cox – President