Clark Schaefer Hackett Acquires Definity Partners

Kerry Roe

Cincinnati-based Clark Schaefer Hackett (FY18 net revenue of $68 million), an IPA 100 firm, has acquired Definity Partners, a workforce development, training and technology firm in West Chester, Ohio.

Definity Partners works with clients to increase productivity, lower costs and reduce turnover using a proprietary system they call Run Improve Grow.

The acquisition combines two complementary businesses, the firm says. The expanded services will give the firm new capabilities to improve operations and drive business growth for clients.

“Our mission at Clark Schaefer Hackett is to make our clients’ lives better by removing obstacles to their success,” says CSH President Kerry Roe. “This new alliance with Definity Partners brings on board new solutions, new services, new expertise and new technology that enable us to deliver even more fully on that mission.”

CSH says the acquisition will deliver the comprehensive solutions necessary in today’s complex business environment. “Today, virtually any change a business makes in one area will have a ripple effect to others, so a holistic approach to business services is essential,” says Roe. “This deal brings the full scope of expertise in finance, strategy, technology, operations, sales and workforce development under one roof to enable that holistic approach.”

Definity Partners has 25 professionals who focus on business transformation initiatives that integrate process improvement, workforce training, talent management, technology solutions, eCommerce and data analytics.

“Our best clients are moving beyond the tools-based approach for solutions to their most complex business challenges,” says Definity Partners founder and Chief Innovation Officer Ray Attiyah. “Joining Clark Schaefer Hackett is a strategic move for Definity Partners. We are thrilled to join forces and extend the impact of Run Improve Grow to help companies solve their most complex challenges with new, bolder solutions.”

Definity Partners will operate as an extension of Clark Schaefer Hackett’s advisory services under the continued leadership of president and CEO Jim Barney and Founder and Attiyah.