Father and son team, Mike and Bill Wein could work in any city of their choosing. Yet they chose Pensacola to be the hub of IMS Expert Services, a company that provides experts and consultants for top law firms and Fortune 1000 companies.
“We’re here because we want to be here,” said CEO Mike Wein.
After splitting time between Denver and Pensacola, it became obvious to them where they wanted to reside full-time and it wasn’t just the beaches drawing them back.
“It’s a good place to raise a family,” said President Bill Wein. “My children went from kindergarten to twelfth grade on one campus. They’ve made life-long friends, built houses for Habitat for Humanity and been a part of Pensacola Young Professionals.”
Even though they’ve had tempting offers, Mike and Bill are happy to call Pensacola home, and certainly wouldn’t leave during Pensacola’s revival.
“There have been companies dangling big dollars, but we made the choice to be a part of the Renaissance that’s taking place here,” Bill said.
Mike quickly pointed out that the people in Pensacola made an impact in the decision to keep IMS here. And while experts are called upon from around the world, many IMS employees are culled from Pensacola.
“The vast majority of are employees are local,” Mike said. “These young people graduating with honors from UWF—we want them to stay in the area.”
As a national firm with satellite offices in New York City, Atlanta and Denver, IMS Expert Services is often importing money from various parts of the world.
“What we earn as a firm comes to Pensacola and largely stays here,” Mike said.
One of the seven core values of IMS is to give back to the community “through time and treasure.” Mike and Bill Wein and IMS employees contribute to various organizations such as United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pensacola Young Professionals, Chain Reaction and Ronald McDonald House, to name a few.
“It’s not just taking, but giving back,” said Bill. “We’re making a big impact on the community not just by writing a check.”
“Although writing a check doesn’t hurt either,” Mike said with a laugh.
Employees are also encouraged to network and engage with the community.
“Our business is built upon relationships,” Bill said.
IMS has continued to grow each year, but not by taking any and every job that presents itself.
“We work for only the best and the brightest,” Mike said. “We still turn down more business than we accept.”
The key to success, Mike said, is to do what you say you’re going to do.
“If you listen to your clients, they’ll lead you to your next opportunity,” Bill said.
The IMS footprint in Cordova Square continues to grow as well with the recent purchase of about 4,800 square feet, which leaves room for more employees. And for those looking to work with game changers, IMS is always recruiting.
“We are hiring across all departments—across the board,” Bill said.