John Goullet is the Executive Principal at Diversant LLC, one of the largest minority-owned business enterprises in the US, and the largest African American-owned IT staffing firms in the industry. Goullet told Ideamensch, a blog of independent business ideas that the IT industry has a lot of demand but a low number of graduates with the qualifications, and as Executive Principal of his company he’s looked to close that gap through supporting educational endeavors and pairing up clients with job seekers. He’s well versed in marketing trends and business developments, and has helped Diversant, LCC grow its office locations over the years.
Goullet began his career as an IT consultant doing the same things that many of Diversant’s job candidates do today. He’s from New York and got his bachelor’s degree at Ursinus College and did consulting throughout the 1980s for companies such as Computer Sciences Corporation, 3D Information Services, The Constell Group and other technology firms. As he progressed in his career, he began to feel he could do more to meet the demands of these companies and felt he needed to encourage more young people to enter the IT field. So in 1994 he founded his own IT staffing firm, Info Technologies.
He basically started Info Technologies without a whole lot of investor capital, but he was an effective marketer and through persistence was able to build up quite a large clientele. In just 5 years, Info Technologies became worth $30 million and it has been featured twice in Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing fortune 500 companies. Goullet decided he wanted to encourage young people from the inner cities and minority communities to join the IT field, and he found a man who had a similar vision in Gene Waddy, and in 2010 they combined their IT staffing companies to form Diversant, LLC. Diversant has donated to foundations that support future generations in the workforce, including the Marion P. Thomas charter school in New York.