“This is a great day for Georgia,” said Deal, in his opening remarks. “This is a growing segment of the job market in the state of Georgia. If you do your job at the state level in the education workforce, then you will continue to attract the AirWatches of the future.”
“We’re in the best place in the world for the development of technology,” said Dabbiere. “We need a place to recruit and retain and we can do that in Georgia.”
He added the company has grown from 150 to 1,000 employees in two years. Headquartered in the Perimeter business district, AirWatch is a mobile device management company focusing on mobile application management and mobile content management solutions, according its website.
Sam Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce said AirWatch was the greatest example of a homegrown company becoming an international success and touted the abundance of a highly educated workforce in the state of Georgia.
Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Chris Cummiskey — formerly an AirWatch employee — piggybacked off Williams’ statement and added companies like AirWatch do assist in keeping a valuable workforce in state.
“We lose too many students to out of state [jobs],” he said. “We need companies like this to come and grow. The governor has given us all the tools to be successful.”
Dabbiere, added that AirWatch’s goal is to increase to about 2,000 employees by the end of the year. Its Perimeter location is a great place to grow a company, especially with its working relationship with the city of Sandy Springs and involvement with the metro Atlanta chamber, he said.
He said the increase in staffing will make for a better, stronger company. AirWatch has about 650 of its employees located at its Perimeter headquarters and Dabbiere mentioned with the increase in staffing, the company will need to look at future real estate.
The technology arena has a $113 billion impact on the state of Georgia, said Melanie Brandt, chief operating officer of the Technology Association of Georgia. Dabbiere added the company is in a leadership role for technology in Georgia and can build for the long-term.