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Kouhaila Hammer
Chairman & CEO,
G-TECH Services, Inc

“Throughout my career, I’ve always believed in the power of collaboration – it yields innovation, brings forth new ideas, and offers the opportunity to learn from others.”

  • Founded: 1986
  • Year WBE took Ownership (if not founder): 1992      
  • Headquartered: Dearborn, Michigan        
  • About: G‑TECH is a leading women-owned, WBENC-Certified recruitment and staffing firm driven to help our team members and clients succeed. With over 30 years in our industry, we specialize in finding and placing top talent in high-tech fields such as engineering and IT. We work closely with our clients, ranging from mid-sized firms to global Fortune 100 corporations, to make sure that we understand their distinct needs and business goals. This allows us to provide flexible and customized talent solutions, including contract staffing, direct placement, and contract-to-direct hire conversion.
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Q: When and how was your business started? OR If you did not start your business, how and when did you come into ownership of your company?

G-TECH was originally founded in 1986 as a sister company to engineering firm Ghafari Associates. G-TECH was established to provide on-site engineering on a contract basis to the automotive industry clients that Ghafari was serving, as there was a growing demand for this service.

Q: How has your company grown and changed since becoming WBENC-Certified? What has been the greatest benefit of certification for you and your company?

When you become WBENC-Certified, you immediately feel a strong sense of community and receive constant, genuine encouragement to believe in yourself and develop the confidence to take your business to the next level. Our WBENC certification has enhanced our business opportunities, enabling us to establish valuable contacts and new client accounts. These opportunities in turn, have allowed us to build capacity and grow our internal resources so that we are better equipped to support larger accounts.

Q: What values have led to and continue to support your business acumen? Share your business philosophy and its influence on your success.

As the saying goes, no one is an island. Throughout my career, I’ve always believed in the power of collaboration – it yields innovation, brings forth new ideas, and offers the opportunity to learn from others. I never presume to know everything. I can always learn from the people around me and appreciate diversity in perspective, experience, and skills. I’m also a firm advocate of continuous improvement, which is why I strive to provide my team members with meaningful opportunities to develop and advance.

Q: What is your proudest moment thus far in business?

One of my career highlights so far was negotiating and acquiring another business in only nine calendar days – not only because we were able to seize a unique opportunity and close the deal quickly, but also because this acquisition enabled us to diversify our service offering.

Q: What advice do you have for a new entrepreneur?

First, make sure that you never compromise your integrity. The only way to sustain client relationships and build a business of dedicated, loyal team members is by establishing mutual trust. Also, remember that “cash is king” – having a stable cash flow is vital to the fiscal health of any organization.

Q; What do you do to prepare for the National Conference?

To make the most of your experience, it’s important to go into the National Conference with a high-level plan. I like to study the list of companies that will be represented so that I can create a more targeted list of potential new clients to meet. That said, the sheer scale of this conference in terms of attendance is amazing, and you never know who you’ll encounter. While I go to the conference armed with my targeted list, I also make sure that I approach each event with an open mind and a well-articulated elevator pitch that encapsulates my business.