Mark Malek, co-founder of Widerman Malek, PL, which was named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016, credits deep mentorship and strategic planning for his firm's strong growth. "When we were younger, great people took the time to sit with us when we asked them for advice," Malek said. "When we asked them questions about business, they took the time to teach us. We had leaders of major accounting firms, experienced attorneys, and successful entrepreneurs from different fields speak with us. A law firm is a business and treating it as a business instead of just a group of lawyers practicing law has been the key to our success."
In addition to mentorship, Malek believes strategic planning has played a valuable role in his firm's success. "Our growth had been very strategic and planned growth," he said. "Everything we do here is the result of the strategic planning retreats we have a couple times per year where we do 3, 5, and 10-year planning." As a result, Widerman Malek has grown from a two person firm launched in 2003 to the 46 employee full-service firm it is today in 2016.
Malek is especially proud of the firm's culture. "Our single largest success is that we have a culture of a group of best friends that get the opportunity to work together," he said. "We were hell bent on setting up a place people actually enjoy coming to. We focus on our culture so that it is a place where everyone is aligned, had the same goals and everyone gets along."
Malek is also honored that his firm is among the GrowFL Companies To Watch this year. "It is a tremendous honor," he said. "It shows us that people have recognized our growth and our commitment to the community and to one another and that we work together as a team to grow."