SOURCE: Slalom Consulting

June 25, 2008 09:00 ET

Slalom Consulting Named One of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

National Association for Business Resources Acknowledges Elite Workplaces With Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For List for 2008

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Slalom Consulting (http://www.slalom.com), ranked one of the best consulting firms to work for in the United States by Consulting Magazine, today announced that it has been named one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2008. The award, presented by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) recognizes companies with exceptional commitment to innovative human resource initiatives that positively benefit employees.

Slalom Consulting is a national business and technology consulting firm headquartered in Seattle; its Chicago office is one of eight nationally and is comprised of more than 100 consultants and employees. Slalom is best known for its consultant-built and consultant-led culture that ensures a work and life equilibrium for all of its employees. Slalom's progressive employment practices including the ability to work from home, co-worker sabbaticals and lack of travel -- a rarity in the consulting world, provides Slalom with its foundation for attracting and retaining top-notch talent.

"Our consultants and leadership are one in the same -- professionals empowered to realize their potential whether they are working with clients or enjoying life outside of the office," said Tom Snapp, Chicago general manager for Slalom Consulting. "Our unique model eliminates cross-country travel and for the first time, makes it possible for consultants to sleep in their own beds as opposed to living out of suitcases and hotels as is common for employees of more traditional consulting firms."

"Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest companies have a real commitment and dedication to their employees," said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. "The best practices and innovative human resource initiatives that were demonstrated should inspire others to look for new ways recognize employees as their greatest assets. The NABR is proud to serve as a catalyst for high standards in human resources and to recognize companies that achieve success."

Slalom consultants are transforming traditional consulting models with an innovative formula that combines seasoned experts, the firm's locally based approach, its 50-50 model which balances its solutions-based and general management consulting offerings and its highly relevant and sought after marketplace services. This model has been instrumental in helping Slalom to grow the firm's revenue to over $100 million and employ the best and brightest consulting professionals.

About Slalom Consulting

Slalom Consulting (www.slalom.com) is a national business and technology consulting firm, founded in 2001 and headquartered in Seattle. Following its motto, "Business is a Race. Win it." Slalom's services range from broad areas including project and program management, business process improvement, and software development, to specialized solutions such as ERP, business intelligence, CRM and more. As a winner of Consulting Magazine's "Top Ten Firms to Work For," Slalom is best known for its highly experienced, locally based teams and consultants who consistently take client projects from strategy through successful implementation. In addition to Chicago and Seattle, Slalom has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Portland, San Francisco and Southern California.

About National Association for Business Resources (NABR)

The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) advocates and represents small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. NABR specializes in providing businesses the benefits, programs, services, and assistance required to operate as efficiently and successfully as possible. Best practice solutions are available to members in the areas of human resources, healthcare, legal, transaction, compliance, marketing, and office services. For more information about NABR and its offerings, please visit www.nationalbiz.org or call 1-866-321-1822.

About Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is sponsored by the NABR. Winners are chosen by an independent research firm and evaluated in the following categories: communication, community initiatives, compensation and benefits, diversity and multiculturalism, employee education and development, employee engagement and commitment, recognition and retention, recruitment and selection, work-life balance and small business. The 2008 winning companies have demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovative human resource initiatives that positively benefit their employees. Award recipients will join other winners at an August 4 awards ceremony at the Oak Brook Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook, Ill. to celebrate their achievement. The Top 11 Elite Businesses of 2008 will be revealed at the ceremony.

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