Each new year offers an opportunity to reflect on your achievements of the previous year. At Nexight Group, the dominant themes of 2015 were growth, change, and fun.
Operating a small business has its challenges, but it is always interesting and greatly rewarding. As I reflect on how our company changed and what we achieved last year, I see many exciting successes and opportunities for further progress in 2016.
So here it is, Nexight Group’s 2015 year in review.
- Celebrated our 5-year anniversary in June. (Time flies when you’re having fun.)
- Served 8 new customers in our commercial, government, and academic markets.
- Increased revenues by more than 40%.
- Signed a new lease that doubles our office footprint and adds a large outdoor patio.
- Launched Nexight Academy, our internal training program in which we share and build our skills.
Our greatest satisfaction always comes from helping our clients solve challenging problems and making the world a better place. Some of the 2015 highlights:
- Successfully completed the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program and knowledge exchange—DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability successfully closed out its six-year, $3.4 billion SGIG Program funded by the Recovery Act. The 99 cost-shared projects helped to modernize the electric grid, integrate renewable energy sources, and hasten power restoration after outages. In 2015, Nexight Group helped to analyze and document the successes and benefits of SGIG projects and grid modernization, and received two Certificates of Appreciation from DOE.
- Built industry-wide technology roadmaps for additive manufacturing materials, cell manufacturing, and thermal manufacturing—We worked with partners at Penn State University, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Tech, ASM International, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to build three roadmaps that chart R&D priorities in the next 5–20 years in these manufacturing industries. The work, funded by the NIST Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (AMTech) Program, will continue in 2016. We also began similar projects focused on atomization technology and functional glass manufacturing.
- Developed six Sector-Specific Plans for critical infrastructure security and resilience—We worked with owners and operators in the chemical, commercial facilities, critical manufacturing, dams, emergency services, and nuclear sectors to develop actionable four-year plans designed to improve security and resilience of their critical infrastructures nationwide. Working with the DHS Sector Outreach and Programs Division, we facilitated planning sessions to identify priorities and developed six easy-to-read, action-based Sector-Specific Plans to implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.
- Jump-started the technology roadmap for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)—IACMI, a $259 million R&D institute funded by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and state, industry, and academic partners, was opened in 2015 to advance polymer composites with special emphasis on vehicles, wind energy, and compressed gas storage. We conducted stakeholder interviews and facilitated workshops to build a Phase 1 roadmap that IACMI is using to guide its initial R&D activities.
- Added 6 very talented staff to our team.
- Welcomed our first Nexight baby, celebrated 2 weddings, and witnessed 2 engagements.
- Enjoyed 12 themed potlucks (including Red, White, and Blue Food for July 4th).
- Threw an awesome holiday party at Oyamel.
What’s in store for 2016?
As we start the new year, Ross Brindle and I will be sharing more of the leadership responsibilities as we manage our growth and transition into our new office space. I will continue as Nexight Group’s president and Ross will take over as our new chief executive officer. We will continue to nurture our culture of innovation and learning to improve the products and services we offer our clients.
Stay tuned to find out more of what’s in store in 2016 in Ross’s upcoming blog post.