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Meet Christopher Hooven of OSF Global Services in Wakefield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Hooven.

Christopher, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In 15 years, OSF Global Services has become an international success – an IT business that has established itself as a trusted retail consultant and commerce technology integrator, enabling companies to succeed over the greatest challenges in the world’s rapidly changing retail environment. We’ve expanded very quickly to cover the world with operations in over 15 countries. The idea for the business was born in 2000 when our two founders met in France and decided that they should work together. The company didn’t materialize until 2003 around the time of the economic crisis. This is when we established our headquarters in Canada. Today we are present globally on 4 continents, in 21 locations worldwide.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In the beginning, it took a lot of hustle to secure customers and make things happen for the company. OSF received no funding aside from the little money the founders had in their pockets! It required saving quite a bit of money to build up to a place of stability. Our CEO, Gerry Szatvanyi was sleeping in his car and in run-down motels at one point during his trips back and forth from Boston to our headquarters in Quebec, Canada. There were also some hard times in our business when we struggled due to the troubled economy.

Please tell us about OSF Global Services.
OSF Global Services achieves its success by establishing meaningful, unwavering values that we apply to every aspect of our business. We focus on respect, flexibility and commitment to our clients and our team. With over 120 ongoing projects and over a decade of worldwide deployments, OSF delivers innovative ecommerce solutions across channels, devices, and locations.

Our culture is what really sets us apart. It is the one defining feature that we have invested our energy in from the very start of our company. We didn’t want to be like every other IT company out there. We wanted to be different. Our company is based on values- what we value as a group of people who collaborate across the world and what matters most to us.

We’re a distributed team, with offices all over the world and the capacity for all of our employees to work from remote locations. This allows us to attract the best talent in the world and to really focus on results.

Our organizational culture and infrastructure is solid and very unique. We’re not stuck in the past. We like to reinvent ourselves every 2 years to continue to evolve as quickly as the technology that surrounds us. This is the most important thing that helps us be in the now and to be able to support our clients with high quality services and solutions.

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