Our company Founder and Solutions Architect, Sara Silver, was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal and honored with an Outstanding Women in Business award. Now Sara is not one to seek out accolades (although this one is well-deserved); she’s more about just getting to the work to determine the best solutions for our clients and supporting the rest of the team, so they can do the same. We sat down with Sara between meetings to get the inside scoop on her vision for Silverware and to learn a little more about the woman behind the award.
- You started Silverware initially working from home, did you ever imagine you would still be at it and have two offices and 25 employees?
I never even imagined having one employee when I started! The whole thing began as an accident but I’m very glad that this became my path.
- When you learned you were selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of this year’s Outstanding Women in Business, what did you think?
I was quite surprised and humbled, especially considering the impressive group of women the Phoenix Business Journal has honored previously.
- What do you love most about what you do?
I love learning the needs of our clients and designing a solution that will save them time and money, and improve their general quality of life. Implementing the vision is so rewarding!
- What opportunities and challenges do you see for clients in business today?
Our clients face a constant torrent of change. The rapid changes in technology impact how our clients’ customers interact with them. Old rules and understandings are being thrown out overnight. Companies need to anticipate and recognize when these changes are happening and react. The opportunities come when you see the changes and consider their implication for your business first. That’s where we come in to help!
- What do you envision for Silverware over the next few years?
At Silverware, we measure our success by our clients’ success. Our focus is to help our clients anticipate and adapt to changes in their business so they continue to be successful.
- What is your leadership philosophy?
Partnership is our company culture—partnership with our employees, our vendors, our customers, colleagues and our competitors. I learned a long time ago that collaboration and team work always generates the best results.
- Where would we most likely find you if you are not at the Silverware offices in Seattle or Phoenix or at a client’s?
That’s easy. You will find me hiking, at my sewing machine working on my latest quilting project or at a Bruce Springsteen concert—if he’s on tour.