Service, Strategy, Execution and Results: The History of the Ambit Group
Since its inception, the Ambit Group has been dedicated to service. The company began as a partnership between our two co-founders, Kimberley Hayes and John Condon. Each brought a different perspective to the federal government space: Hayes with experience in communications and operations, and Condon coming from strategic planning. Despite their unique backgrounds, they both shared a common vision: combine strategy and execution to deliver exceptional results to the federal client. With this goal in mind, the Ambit Group was formed in 2004.
A Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, the Ambit Group began with modest ambitions. Our company’s first goal was to gain our own contract with the federal government. That original contract – with the Department of Commerce – was valued at only $8,000, but it was the beginning of one of the Ambit Group’s largest accounts. Then, as now, the focus was the same: to help executives implement better strategies, while at the same time helping the implementers understand those strategies.
From the beginning, Hayes and Condon imbued the Ambit Group with a different kind of culture, one that was shaped by their years of service in the Armed Forces. Rather than viewing agencies strictly as clients and the mission as a narrowly defined statement of work, the Ambit Group’s program managers serve as trusted partners to their government counterparts, providing advice and support that’s unfiltered by technology biases or organizational politics. This has meant that government agencies are more forthcoming in approaching the Ambit Group with difficult jobs, certain that our company isn’t only interested in the bottom line, but the end result.
Just 18 months after our founding, our dedication paid off in the first large account with the United States Department of Agriculture, providing eGovernment capital planning and investment control services. Today, we still proudly support the USDA, and as our knowledge of the organization has grown, so too has our commitment to serve. In fact, a key goal of the Ambit Group as we’ve grown has been to ensure that every new hire has an opportunity to directly serve the government customer.
As The Ambit Group grew rapidly, with a Cumulative Average Growth Rate over 100 percent in its early years, Hayes and Condon never lost sight of their original vision. That’s why community service has always been a cornerstone. Even in our founding year, we sponsored the first golf tournament in the DC area that directly benefited wounded warriors, earning distinction as the Industry Advisory Council’s 2004 small business of the year. To this day, The Ambit Group dedicates three percent of the company’s time to community service, volunteering 4,500 hours of service per year. This spirit translates into everything The Ambit Group does, including our dedication to the federal government. As Hayes has said, “We’re not there to take from the government, but to work with them. It’s our job to help them get things done.”