Mike Baur is a hard-working middle-aged man, an entrepreneur, who has been a part of tremendous growth in every business that he has been involved with, either as an employee or at the management level. His vast experience in the business world has made him famous across the world. His dedication and positive contributions have seen him achieve tremendous results in the business sector. Currently, Mike is the co-founder and Executive Chairman at Swiss Startup Factory in Switzerland.
Mike developed a passion for banking and finance from an early age, and that passion drove him to make his dream a reality as it became his profession. He graduated with master’s degree from the University of Rochester in New York, and an executive MBA, from the University of Bern. After his education, Mike spent almost 20 years of his career life in Swiss private banking, where through his hard work, dedication, and passion for growth he managed to make his way up to a higher level of an executive Board of Large Swiss Private Bank.
In the year 1992, Mike Baur together with five other employees, founded a company called Scan Source Inc, an international distributor of specialty technology products for businesses. He served as the president of this company since it started. Through his contributions, this company has grown into a big empire with approximately 1200 employees, and 45 branches in North America, South America, and Europe. Mike served as the president of this company until the year 2007. He has also been a member of the board since 1995.
With the experience he had acquired while managing those companies, Mike developed strong entrepreneurial skills, and in the year 2014, together with two other partners, they founded Swiss Startup Company, a privately financed ICT company. Mike has been responsible for fundraising and financing rounds at the company. Swiss Start-up is the leading independent company whose mission is to create companies that interrupt the usual formalities, products, and business model. Mike spends most of his time in this company where he has been supporting Swiss youth entrepreneurship, Swiss startups, financially and by mentoring them.
John Goullet, an IT tech staffing professional and entrepreneur, began his career by working as an IT consultant after graduating from Ursinus College with his Master’s in Computer Science. In 1994, he switched to the IT staffing industry. By working both of these industries, Goullet earned a broad knowledge of the entire industry, which he applied when he founded Info Technologies.
Info Technologies was a company that provided IT staffing solutions to companies all over the country, even some leading Fortune 500 companies. His leadership proved successful when within only 5 years, Info Technologies had a worth of over $30 million. The company was even placed on the list of privately held firms growing the fastest by Inc. Magazine.
Goullet wanted to take his business further by partnering with others. He merged his company with Diversant, Inc., creating Diversant LLC. There he became the new company’s Principal. At Diversant he is responsible for forming strategies that help the company conquer challenges of the ever-changing IT industry. Under his leadership, the company has become an industry leader.
With Goullet’s direction, Diversant has excelled, even in economic downturn. He encourages his staff to perform their duties while maintaining ethical behavior and having respect and discipline. His belief in teamwork has allowed him to build Diversant into the biggest African-American owned company in the country. Diversant also now holds the certification of being a Minority-Owned business, and sits on the top of the industry.
Goullet does his job by paying attention to what is happening within labor markets. He notices that there always seems to be a shortage of IT professional in the industry because the country doesn’t seem to graduate enough students with those particular skills. His job is to see what technologies will be in demand the greatest and start creating pipelines that clients are most likely to require.
He believes that hiring the very best people is the key to a company’s success. Goullet believes in giving employees a piece of the company and always hiring a lot of trainees. Building success requires hiring hundreds of people and empowering his associates with training, mentoring, and management.