The Judge Group was founded in Philadelphia in 1970 by Marty Judge, Jr. The company began as a direct placement organization and continued to expand its service offerings over the next 48 years. Today, The Judge Group offers a full suite of services including contract staffing across IT, healthcare, engineering, finance & accounting, technology & business consulting, unified communications, and learning solutions. The history of Judge is as varied as the solutions we offer.
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In 1969, Martin E. Judge, Jr. accepted a job at a staffing company, placing people in full-time positions. He felt passionate about the work and realized immediate success, but something was missing. After one year and a long talk with his father, Marty decided to go into business for himself. Armed with encouragement, a $2,000 loan, and an entrepreneurial spirit (all from Dad), Marty set out to establish a permanent placement staffing company in Northeast Philadelphia, founding what we now know as The Judge Group. With its two original employees in 1970, The Judge Group set off to grow the business over the next 48+ years into an international leader providing a comprehensive portfolio of professional services.
Over the next decade Marty worked tirelessly to establish Judge as a leader in the permanent placement industry. Within a few years, the growth of the company lead to a second Philadelphia office and the opening of its first branch office in the Greater Boston Area. The company also expanded into the Southeast region, opening the Tampa, FL office in 1980.
In 1982, Marty saw opportunity in manufacturing computers and Judge Computer was started as a service company for schools and businesses. By 1984, the company was building and distributing Judge XT computers. At the peak of its production in 1990, Judge had produced and sold over 10,000 units per year. In 1988, Judge Imaging Systems was born and quickly advanced as leader in the document management and imaging reseller and solutions market.
After 15 years of success, Marty expanded Judge's service offerings into the contract staffing market. By January of 1986, Judge Technical Services (now Judge Technical Staffing) was formed with a focus on information technology contract staffing. From 1986 to 1996, Judge was growing rapidly and experiencing nearly 30% growth year-over-year.
In 1996, Judge expanded its portfolio of services by acquiring Berkeley Training, a Philadelphia based company. A year later, in order to accelerate growth, Judge completed an initial public offering and became publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange. After seven years as a public company, Marty Judge bought back The Judge Group and reverted to private ownership. No longer having shareholders, the company focused on investing in its two biggest assets – its clients and its people.
Shortly after reverting to private ownership, Judge invested heavily into the organic expansion of its North American footprint. Over the next 5 years, Judge opened more than 20 offices across the country with a focus on technology staffing. The new offices coincided with growing tech hubs across the US such as DC Metro, Dallas, TX, Silicon Valley, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA. This gave Judge a truly national reach, the ability to better service its strategic clients, and helped fuel the growth of the company into the next decade. Also during this time, Judge recognized opportunities in the healthcare sector and launched Judge Healthcare to fill in a gap in the industry. Within 10 years, Judge Healthcare would become a major service offering and one of the largest staffing providers of Allied Healthcare professionals in the US.
In order to better serve our clients' project-based application needs, the company launched Judge Business Solutions in 2006, now Judge Consulting. Two years later, Judge expanded its infrastructure solutions by starting Judge Unified Communications, now Judge Technology Solutions. Then, to serve one of the hottest emerging global markets, Judge executed a joint venture with a U.S./China outsourcing company to create JudgeOrchestrall in 2010, which became Judge China. In 2011, Judge continued its international expansion by entering the Toronto, Canada market.
Today, The Judge Group operates in the US, Canada, India, and China, with over 35 practice offices, offering Consulting, Technology, Talent, and Learning Solutions. Judge is currently one of the Largest Staffing Firms in the US and continuously advances its ranking on Staffing Industry Analysts' lists for IT Staffing Firms and Allied Healthcare Staffing Firms. From its original two employees in 1970, Judge's worforce has grown to more than 7,000 professionals successfully delivering solutions to our clients across the globe.