CLAUDINE GEORGE:
 
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CEO and Managing Member of ICONMA LLC in Troy. George oversees the activities of the overall business and promotes diversity initiatives for the staffing, consulting, and managed project services company. George began her career as an IT consultant to the automotive industry. While working at a major OEM, she founded her first company, which matched engineering and IT consultants and clients. Subsequently, George formed ICONMA, which has more than 1,700 employees throughout 25 national and international locations. Starting with staffing services, George has expanded ICONMA into additional service areas, including managed services, which provides web and mobile application development and testing services. Under her leadership, ICONMA has been named to the Inc. 5000 for six consecutive years, with $109.7 million in revenue for 2012, a three–year growth of 106 percent. The company has been recognized as one of the 50 Fastest–Growing Women–Owned/Led Companies in North America sponsored by the New York–based Women Presidents' Organization and the small–business division of American Express, as well as a Corp! magazine economic bright spot. George was named an Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year in the staffing and support services category. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.


WHERE BORN: “Long Island, NY.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My husband and family. Also, our customers who have driven the direction the company has taken. We are constantly interpreting what we need to do by the questions they ask and their advice. I am also blessed that before I became my own boss, I had some very good bosses who made good role models.”

LAST BOOK READ: “The last time I read a book from beginning to end was before I had kids. I have read chapters out of some really great books – Iron Butterflies (by Birute Regine) comes to mind.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “The glass is half full, patient, calm, ambitious.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “All verdicts point to it continuing to grow in the next 10 years. Contingent labor is attractive to employers because it offers flexibility to augment staff in times of need and mitigates the risk and overhead associated with on–boarding and off–boarding employees. Successful firms act as consultants to their clients rather than simply providing staff. Contingent careers are gaining favor, especially with millennials and baby boomers. They like the variety and flexibility of project–based work and like that they work on their terms. And, the costs associated with on–boarding permanent employees are significant when these hires don't work out.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “iPad.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “California.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Cooking, hanging with my kids, walking, and going to the movies to see anything.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Kung Pao chicken.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Cooking jambalaya – I won't be modest, I think I should enter it in a contest.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “Having inspired some people to try something new that betters their lives, but above all else, I want my kids to think I was a good mom.”


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.