Fast 50: A pivot 10 years ago brought Mabbett & Assoc. back to its founder’s roots

Gary Higgins / Boston Business Journal
Arthur Mabbett, Chairman and CEO, Mabbett & Associates, Inc. and was honored as a BBJ Fast 50 in 2019, stands outside his Medford home.

In a way, Arthur Mabbett returned to his early career roots in order to achieve growth.

For the first three decades operating Mabbett & Associates, Mabbett focused on private-sector clients, mostly manufacturing firms, in helping them to undertake environmentally safe and healthy projects. But Mabbett knew his engineering and environmental consulting firm needed to diversify in order to survive and achieve growth. So 10 years ago the company pivoted to focusing more on the public sector, including federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. It was a natural fit for Mabbett, considering he’s a former U.S. Army officer who specialized in environmental science and whose firm is an officially certified veteran-owned business.

“We morphed with the times,” Mabbett said of his firm’s transformation from 90 percent private-sector business to 70 percent public-sector business. “We always try to stay ahead of the curve.”

Staying ahead of the curve has certainly paid off, with Mabbett & Associates seeing 107% revenue growth over the past three years, to $15,085,000, making the firm one of the BBJ’s Fast 50 companies for 2020.

By Jay Fitzgerald – Special to the Journal

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