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Gaskins Makes Gains, Overcomes Tragedy

May 13, 2015

This article is number 10 in a series of profiles of the Cobb Chamber’s 2015 Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. Check back with Chamber Ink everyday in May for a new profile on a different Top 25 Business. We will wrap up the series on June 1 with the announcement of the 2015 Small Business of the Year.

Gaskins 2011Every small business has a story but Gaskins Surveying & Engineering Company’s reads like a novel. With a 40-year history, riveting challenges and inspirational triumphs, Gaskins’ story is something out of a movie.

From 2007 through 2011, Gaskins faced some of the most challenging times in the business’ history -thirteen of their top 15 clients ceased to do business, revenues fell from $7 million to $1 million, the company wrote-off $1 million in bad debt and long-time owner Johnny Gaskins began his fight with the devastating disease ALS. A lot for any company to deal with, Gaskins began a long road back to the top, finding an outstanding leader and CEO in Brandon Hutchins and acquiring two competing companies. Through the rough times employees grew closer together and rallied for success.

Now, business has turned around for Gaskins, who posted a 25.1 percent growth in sales in 2014. They maintain a culture that encourages long-term relationships with clients, other employees and the community. They encourage employees to build upon their talents and potential, empowering them to be their best in all they do and with everyone whom they come in contact. A trusted leader in engineering, surveying and construction, Gaskins has – above all – strived to develop relationships and provide clients with exceptional service.

Business profile:

Owners: D. Brandon Hutchins and Brenda Gaskins

Industry: Engineering Services

Year Established: 1976

Location: Marietta

Number of Employees: Full-time: 47, Part-time: 3, Sub-contractors: 3

Percentage of Growth in 2014: 25.1%

Did You Know?: Gaskin’s has a GIVING TEAM of five dedicated employees throughout the company that evaluate opportunities to give in the community and help other employees in need. In 2014, the company made contributions to charities like Cobb Christmas, Cobb Pregnancy, MUST Ministries and SPSU John C. Gaskins Surveying Scholarship.


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