Sparkhound Continues Houston Expansion With New Office Space

June 08, 2012

​Sparkhound, an information technology company based in Baton Rouge, La., is continuing to expand in Houston after pushing revenue past $10 million in its first two years of operation. Shawn Usher, Sparkhound’s president, said the company expects to add 20 to 30 more employees within the next year to its current payroll of 50 after recently expanding its footprint at a new space in the Galleria area at 1220 Augusta Drive. Usher said he expects the Houston office to more than double in size in the next three years. Sparkhound could face competition from larger, established Houston IT companies, such as Accudata Systems, the largest Houston-area computer network and system integrator ranked on the Houston Business Journal’s 2011 list, with more than $72 million in 2010 revenue. “We have been averaging 35 percent growth per year,” Usher said. “It’s a great time to invest in growth and be ready (to accommodate IT needs) when the economy gets better.” Bobby Doss, Sparkhound’s vice president and head of the Houston office, said the Houston operation could very well eclipse the company’s Baton Rouge headquarters, which has 85 employees and has been in operation since 1998. “Baton Rouge is a city serving only about 500,000 people. In Houston, we are bringing that same business model to 8 million people,” Doss said. Although Sparkhound provides IT services to energy-industry clients, Doss said the company doesn’t focus strictly on one sector. The company expanded to Houston to take advantage of the energy and health care sectors, but Doss said that, after building up some initial name recognition, the company is looking to move into other industries. “(Because of the recession), we knew companies had held off on investing in IT services, but that can’t be sustained for three or four years,” Doss said. “We knew almost every desktop in Houston needed (new IT services).” As featured in Houston Business Journal by Reporter Molly Ryans. Molly Ryan covers manufacturing, transportation and logistics.
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