Carmen Jacob is the CEO of NextGen, Information Services, Inc., a talent engagement firm, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with satellite offices throughout the US. Inspired to start her own business, Carmen helped establish NextGen in 1997. Her background includes healthcare, banking, finance, sales, recruitment, training and management. Today, NextGen boasts a tenured recruiting team with more than 300+ billable consultants in 35 states and revenue of $60+ million. The company offers customized workforce solutions specializing in IT and Professional Services, providing high caliber consultants, exclusively for contract, contract to hire and direct hire positions. With a proven track record and history of success, the firm supports emerging tech organizations, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, with a diverse talent community. As CEO, Carmen works to expand NextGen’s services and capabilities and advance the firm’s corporate commitment to building a diverse and dynamic workforce and workplace.
NextGen currently ranks 43rd in the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the US. The firm has been listed by Inc. Magazine in the top 500/5000 leading companies in (IT) services in the country and as one of the Top Privately Held and Fastest Growing Companies in St. Louis, by the St. Louis Business Journal. The firm is a Certified Minority-Owned Enterprise and Certified Woman-Owned Enterprise and has been named Missouri’s Minority Business of the Year by Governor Nixon, and awarded by Diversity Inc. and Diversity Business, the City of St. Louis and the St. Louis Minority Business Council for a continued commitment to diversity in the workplace. In addition, NextGen was named Hispanic Company of the Year 2013 and Carmen was named Hispanic Businessperson of the Year 2014 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. Entrepreneurial in spirit and action Carmen was named and an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2014 and one of Enterprising Women Magazine’s Women of the Year 2014. The award which recognizes the finest women entrepreneurs in North America and around the globe is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners.
A community activist, Carmen is involved in numerous professional groups and organizations. She is a silver Ambassador for Project Mosaic in St. Louis and Board Member of the United Way of St. Louis, Webster University, BJC Foundation, the Muny Opera, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, the Forum, Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, UMB Bank, and the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and the Regional Business Council. When she is not working, networking or attending civic or charity events, Carmen can be found volunteering for her church. A native of Guatemala, Carmen came to the US in 1972. Having put down roots in our fair city and with the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis, Carmen, her husband Chris and their family continue to live and embrace everything St. Louis has to offer.