"Allstar Fire Protection, Inc. is a locally owned and operated fire protection company in the Nashville Tn. Market. We have been in business since April of 1991. Founded by Glenn Harris and Mark HIllis to provide fire sprinkler installation and services while maintaining an eye towards their Christian values. They have operated the business admirably for many years with many successful projects under their belts.No wanting to see the company and loyal employees left behind as Mark and Glenn retire from the day to day operation of the company, Mark and Glenn began their exit strategy and implementing their succession plan for the company. Casey Milhorn was named CEO and 1/3 owner very recently, along with the hiring of Shannon Day, CFO.With the new management team in place, and eye towards growth, there was a real need for some assistance and guidance. We were approached by Cogent some time before this and were skeptical of having someone come in and provide consulting services to us on how to run our business. We could not see the value in this service. We could not have been more wrong.Working with John Moscicki from Cogent has been a pleasure, and most of all, a real eye opener for us. Thanks to John, we now have a plan in place to optimize our resources we currently have, and know what steps we should take next. And even more importantly, we know which ones to focus on first, second, third, etc. I cannot think of one aspect of our company that has not benefited from John's guidance and Cogent's services that were provided.If asked whether or not we would do it all over again, my answer would be a very resounding YES! The only regret is why we did not do this sooner. Our thanks and gratitude go out to John and the Cogent team on helping us become the company that we should be, and this is only the beginning of the process for us. We are extremely excited to see what fruits come of the seed that was planted by John and his team."
It is with pleasure to write and share our experience over the past several months working with Mr. Chuck Blume.Chuck has provided a lot of great information in regards to managing and leading our employees in the right direction to benefit the business as a whole. He has made excellent procedure and company policy changes and has put in place new ideas, motivation, and structure for our company.He has also do a great professional job working with our mgt team. He has been patient with everyone and has gone above & beyond to work around our everyday busy schedules.The spreadsheets provided by Chuck has proven to be extremely beneficial and will be used on a daily, weekly and monthly basis in order to keep our business on track. Overall, everyone here is satisfies with the consulting of Chuck and will definitely use the resources provided in order to grow our business faster and more efficiently.I would recommend Cogent Analytics & Chuck Blume with highest regards to any company.
"Cogent Analytics has been educating and implementing different ideas that will assist East Carolina Metal Treating Inc with reaching goals that I have set for the company. I'm confident that East Caroline Metal Treating is going to be a better company with the changes we will be implementing. I feel strongly that working with Cogent is going to make our business more profitable. I believe the goals I set will be achieved which will be an asset for every employee.ECMT Inc.has had the distinct pleasure of working with a representative of Cogent Analytics, for the last ten weeks. Each task was performed with professional aptitude and expertise. The representative is resourceful, creative and solution-oriented person. He was frequently able to come up with new and innovative approaches to the necessary projects to meet our company’s needs. We have been able to rely on this company’s performance as the work is completed thoroughly, promptly and with the utmost integrity."
"I-Lighting, LLC has completed the initial four week program that Cogent Analytics tailor made of our company. Our initial contact was extremely enlightening and humbling. After reviewing the areas we needed to improve, it became apparent we could not do this without Cogent’s help. A representative came to our facility and immediately identified our weaknesses and strengths, our inadequacies and capabilities. He worked with each member of our team to provide guidance and knowledge. After 4 weeks of diligent work, we now have the tools to start moving our company forward in productivity and profitability. The procedures put in place are already beginning to show results and I look forward to the return visit to “show off” how far we have come and initiate the next phase. I believe Cogent has given our company new life. "Thanks for everything."
"Thank you for your time in helping Lighthouse Solar to “right the ship” and get on a path towards better organization. Your mentorship and ideas have been both insightful and meaningful for each of us.Though time will tell and there are many new responsibilities for our management team to tackle, I feel confident that your mentorship will help make Lighthouse a sustainable business enterprise. We are generally a very capable group with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. As a result, we should be able to implement more discipline into our organization and run it with singular focus on the health and success of this business. I have a strong sense of satisfaction from our experience and, as president, will work hard to keep our team focused on the program that you have helped set in motion. I look forward to a continued relationship with you and wish you the best in all of your endeavors."
The people at Cogent Analytics are experts at business. Hiring Cogent Analytics to help us was great decision for us, and a decision I would make again in a heartbeat. The project director assigned to us brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, and the best practices to our organization. Cogent has a 2-to-1 return on investment within 6 months guarantee that was easily met. Cogent has helped us with over 26 aspects of business. Of those 26, the top three areas for me were financial training, management training, and organizational structure. I believe Cogent has brightened the future of our company.Cogent’s project director was very professional and a pleasure to work with. He kept the project on schedule, provided smart, objective solutions, and made the implementation completely painless. He worked independently with the people he needed to, coordinated with the outside contractors on our behalf, and helped us make strategic moves that helped us reduce costs and increase productivity.
I have been too busy to spend too much with your consultant but now that he is leaving I don’t want him to go.What we asked you to do is in place. Prophesy is communicating with QuickBooks and we have QuickBooks accounting. I have learned to post payments and deposits and make transfers for fuel deposits, Tchecks, and wiring fees; I generate the A/R aging report and A/P aging report and pay the settlements and enter and pay the payroll and other bills.I know that I will cal Marc four times a day and he has told me that he will accept my calls, four times a day and I can continue learning at my own speed. Some things he has to repeat many times and some not so many. I have a manual on how to do things, but sometimes it may be easier to call because he can teach me again or for the first time. I have not learned what to do when I buy a truck because i didn’t buy one while Marc was here, but I know it’s in the manual, or a phone call away.I’m happy with the work. I’m happy it’s finished. I’m planning your return.
Cogent Analytics is a very good company to work with. We hired them on to help our company get prepared for the next level growth we wanted to obtain. We knew a lot of the basics, but needed the extra expertise their staff had. They have been wonderful to work with and have shown us ways to do things that have been a tremendous help and will continue to be as we grow. I highly recommend their firm.
It is with great pleasure that I write this and share our experience over the past seven weeks with Mr. Chuck A. Blume, Sr. He has changed the dynamics of our business to a level we would have never achieved on our own. His expertise in all areas of restructuring our business has brought a sense of confidence, and hope for the future. We feel his training with each of us is truly invaluable and will be utilized to the highest potential in reaching our company goals. Mr. Blume has shown himself to be professional with a caring demeanor. We hold the highest respect for him and all his hard work. He is truly an asset to Cogent Analytics. We look forward to working with Chuck through the Lifecycle Management Program.
Working with Cogent Analytics has been an eye opening experience. Our business had started as a mom and pop and grew over the years. During that time we were able to keep up with the task of gaining jobs and completing them to a high quality and establishing our company as a reputable one within the industry. Meanwhile our book keeping and accounting was in a poor state. We are now set up to enter information such as receipts and payments in order to track where our dollars are being spent. We also know hoe to analyze the information in order to make adjustments.Where as before we had a ballpark idea of cost, overhead, and profit we now have accurate numbers to describe our business and production. I'm very optimisitc about the reports and software in place that will help us manage our business. Ownership and management are on board with following the practices to help us run our business as efficient and profitable as possible.