2013 Awardee: Rita Gurevich, President and Founder, SPHERE Technology Solutions
Rita Gurevich immigrated to Italy from Russia when she was three years old, and she came to the United States in 1988. Her family was sponsored by a synagogue in New Jersey, and Gurevich has lived and worked in the state since then. Instilled with a strong work ethic at an early age, Gurevich graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Math and Computer Science. After working at Lehman Brothers and briefly for a software company, Gurevich started SPHERE to meet the needs of Fortune 100 clients in assessing, remediating and creating policy with regards to data – structure, accessibility and usage.
Using her expertise and skills within the field of Data Governance, Compliance and Security, Gurevich has made SPHERE a fast growing company that doubled its revenues from 2010 to 2011, again in 2011 to 2012, and is on pace to triple revenues in 2013. Now SPHERE currently has employees in the United Kingdom and plans to expand to Singapore and globally.
Maintaining competitive advantage by focusing on the niche she has created, Gurevich is able to provide a simple pricing structure that enables large organizations to work within competitive fiscal structures to meet the growing demands of the data market.
Gurevich’s work ethic is matched by her commitment to community values. She recently involved her organization in a mentoring program with Hoboken High School students. Groups of students came to the offices of SPHERE and are able to see how Gurevich and her staff work, ask questions about the company.
As a woman in the male-dominated field of technology, Gurevich understands the need to mentor and create opportunities for women in the field. Gurevich currently mentors a young female student from Stevens Institute of Technology. She also makes hiring of minorities and women a priority. Currently two-thirds (2/3) of the SPHERE workforce is either female or a minority, employing women in technical, engineering and managerial positions.
In 2012 SPHERE sent nearly 1,000 lbs. of supplies to troops serving overseas though the Hoboken Adopt-a-Solider Program. This year, SPHERE is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival to bring awareness and raise money for the for the Liberty Humane Society, which provides services to Hudson County, including pet adoptions.
In 2012, Gurevich was recognized by New Jersey Magazine, being named a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur. Also in 2012, SPHERE was named as a Finalist in the first Hoboken Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, in the category of Women Owned Business.