w3r Consulting Wins 2021 University of Michigan Alumni Award for Business of the Year

IT Solutions and Management Firm Recognized for Achievement & Community Engagement by U of M Dearborn

SOUTHFIELD, MI – w3r Consulting, a best-in-class IT consulting and data management company, has received the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Alumni Award for Business of the Year. This award is given to organizations that demonstrate exceptional achievements in their field, take an active role in community engagement, and contribute to the success of the next generation of U of M Dearborn’s alumni.

w3r Consulting’s President and CEO, Eric Hardy, and CFO and COO, Patrick Tomina, met while studying engineering at U of M Dearborn, forming deep connections and bonding over their shared entrepreneurial spirit. The two UMD alums explored several business ideas and ultimately experienced success with their web-design company, WebRunners Inc., the precursor of w3r Consulting.

Along with the assistance of Executive Vice President Keith Echols, Hardy and Tomina have grown w3r Consulting into a $55 million enterprise, experiencing a more than 400% revenue increase over the past four years. While pursuing innovation and ingenuity in the delivery of their enterprise solutions, w3r also takes an active role in their community, supporting everything from community volunteering opportunities to mentorship and scholarship programs.

“As an African American and a Chaldean owned business, we’ve seen this story of diversity grow and want to continue that legacy,” said Eric Hardy. “We’re still going to continue working hard, but every day we think about how we can develop the leaders of tomorrow. We know the University of Michigan Dearborn is doing its part to prepare these young minds for tomorrow and we will continue to do our part to participate in that vision.”

“I often think about how a lot of things had to happen for Eric and me to meet. I was supposed to go to Michigan State University, before my family asked me to stay home and help with the family business, and Eric was originally attending Oakland University to play basketball but transferred here,” said Patrick Tomina. “The University of Michigan Dearborn became home, and Eric and I became friends and family. We’re honored to receive such a distinction from a place we still consider home.”

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