November 5, 2010 – MDI Group CEO Ella Koscik was recognized as 2010’s “Trailblazer of the Year” at Atlanta’s annual GWBC black tie gala honoring entrepreneurial area business owners who have achieved dramatic business success through risk taking and innovation, and have also demonstrated outstanding commitment to and leadership within the community. No stranger to forging her own path in business, Koscik has led her IT workforce solutions firm to 15 years of consistently profitable growth in locations throughout the U.S. while at the same time nurturing a corporate culture that embraces and rewards community service and philanthropy.
Selection criteria for the 2010 Trailblazer Award included demonstration of outstanding business performance, innovation, and ability to overcome obstacles in the marketplace, as well as use of those same entrepreneurial skills to improve quality of life within the community. Says Koscik, “I’m deeply honored to have been recognized in this way, not just for the successes MDI Group has been fortunate to achieve through the years, but also for our commitment to giving back to the community. Any success we’ve had in these areas ties directly back to our focus on people – whether those are the talented individuals who make up the MDI team, our amazing network of consultants, the people we are proud to call clients, or the people within our own community we’d like to provide support to.”
Koscik’s success story is certainly one of “trailblazing.” Working for MDI for six months before purchasing it at the start of her career, she was able to quadruple the revenue of the business and take it from 15 consultants to 50, which also secured her 50 percent ownership of the company. Not long after, she purchased the company, which she ultimately grew to more than $70M and 500 consultants. During this time, Koscik also created and profitably grew two additional business units, MDI Medical and MDI Finance and Accounting, both of which were divested, in 2008 and 2009 respectively, enabling MDI Group to invest and focus solely on its core business – IT workforce solutions.
Says Koscik, “I think my original goals have been more than realized. It’s an amazing situation to be able to do what you love, grow a team of people who can help you do it bigger and better, have everyone profit and benefit from what you’ve created – and then of course give back to the community both as an individual and as a team.”
Started in 2000, the Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®) is a non-profit organization for certified women’s business enterprises (WBE) in Georgia, North and South Carolina interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with major corporations, governmental agencies and other women business enterprises.
About MDI Group
MDI Group is a premier IT Workforce Solutions provider with more than 20 years expertise in finding ‘best-fit’ IT talent for mid-sized to Fortune 500 clients nationwide. Offering IT Staffing Solutions and Contingent Workforce Management, MDI Group has recorded profitable growth every year since it was established in 1988. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, MDI Group has also been named one of Atlanta’s 40 best places to work. To learn more about MDI Group, please visit www.mdigroup.com.