EmpiriStat founder Dr. Nicole C. Close began her career under the guidance of mentors who encouraged her to think beyond boundaries. This no-limits approach became a unique part of her professional approach. As she continued to expand her skills and thought processes, she mentored and inspired others with such success that she—and those who know her—knew she would soon start her own company.
A Team Built on Passion and Trust
Nicole founded EmpiriStat in 2008 and immediately began assembling a talented, skilled team. Drawn to her passion and energy, team members sometimes left secure jobs during a depressed economy for the chance to be a part of something extraordinary. “I wanted to take into consideration each person’s own experiences,” says Nicole, “and to create an environment where we’re not spending half our lives commuting, but instead are client-focused and team-focused with each other.” At EmpiriStat, responsibility to each other and to clients is the expectation.
Rapid Growth and Recognition
In just three years, Nicole’s careful investment in her team was recognized by clients, who were so impressed by their collaborations with EmpiriStat that referrals and business grew rapidly. To date, the company has worked with 24 different organizations and over 65 clinical protocols—an accomplishment that many longer-established companies struggle to accomplish—and EmpiriStat continues to grow.
Professional and Life Balance
Nicole’s team has developed an effective synergy and balance between their skills and expertise—united by a common commitment to clients and to each other. The team is careful to maintain a healthy work-life balance as well, and is active in community and social causes. As a company they participate in efforts like the Wounded Warrior Program or sponsoring and playing in a charity golf event. The team will have fun together at a dinner theater outing, and individual team members enjoy activities like hiking in South America, rafting the Nile River, skydiving, and going to NASCAR races.
Clients who work with EmpiriStat consistently enjoy the enthusiasm, diligence, and proactive nature of EmpiriStat team members. Phrases like “blown away” and “amazing” are often heard with regard to the company. And this focus on a rewarding collaboration with the client makes EmpiriStat unique in the industry.