Friday, January 22, 1999. The day itself was a seemingly regular one, save for the largest tornado outbreak in Arkansas state history. The moon was waxing crescent.
Amid everyone’s day to day activity, something exciting was happening. Astron Solutions was born.
The years that followed that important day included ingredients from the recipe for success – hard work, long hours, six and seven day workweeks, dedication, perseverance, unwavering confidence, and still more hard work. Challenges encountered along the way, including the 2000 dot-com bubble burst, 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, only strengthened our resolve to succeed despite adversity. And then, in the seeming blink of an eye, we arrived at 2024 and our 25th anniversary.
Time is a thief.
What started out as a humble two-person business has grown into a nationally known compensation consulting firm competing against the major total rewards consulting firms. Our clients span five time zones, multiple industries, and varying employee sizes. Today, our Astron team has over 170 years of Compensation and Human Resource experience, used each day serving our varied clients with diverse needs.
Those early Astron years saw the birth of the Astron Road Show, to spread the word that obtaining quality compensation consulting at an affordable price point was possible. National Director Mike Maciekowich toured New York State, presenting his Compensation 101 program at numerous Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter meetings. Conferences were on the agenda as well, including national SHRM, various state SHRMs, the American Management Association’s HR conference, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) national & regional events, and WorldatWork (the American Compensation Association, or ACA, as it was known back then). Hundreds of hotel nights and over two million frequent flier miles were earned over the last 25 years.
But we’re not slowing down! The Astron Road Show continues to this day. We hope to see you on the road in 2024 to celebrate this milestone year.
Long-time clients and friends of the firm may remember our varied marketing slogans and accompanying giveaways, including:
• Guiding Human Resources into the Future, partnered with a telescope giveaway
• In a Bit of a Spot?, accompanied by a stuffed Dalmatian giveaway
• Unique. Affordable. Friendly., coupled with our famous soda can lids!
Which is your favorite?
It is hard to believe that a quarter century has passed since our founding. Those early days seem far away, and at the same time like they were just yesterday. While we may be a bit older (and a lot wiser!), our commitment to you – our clients past and present and our dear friends of the firm – remains unwavering. And so, we say thank you for being part of this amazing journey we call Astron Solutions. Here’s to the next 25 years!
Jennifer Loftus and Michael Maciekowich
Founding Partners and National Directors