Highstone Associates, Inc. was founded by Eric Hochstein in 2002. The firm builds on his global experience in leadership positions with technology, software and telecommunications companies, as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and as a legislative assistant to members of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Key clients have included the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, Economic Development Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada), the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority, the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago), Electronic Knowledge Interchange, Prism Capital Management, Cognitek, lnc., and other public and private organizations. In addition to Mr. Hochstein's experience with leading corporations such as ATT, Verizon, Rockwell International, Nortel, and Arthur D. Little, Inc., Highstone Associates, Inc. builds on a broad and deep network of relationships with individual experts and organizations that can work together. Rather than hiring dedicated "team" members in a traditional company organization, Highstone Associates, Inc. forms flexible teams of subject matter experts to address the specific needs of clients. Mr. Hochstein serves as client liaison, project manager, lead consultant, and strategic director, and when necessary and appropriate (and with client knowledge and approval), brings in professional partners to focus on specific areas of projects. In today's complex environment, no single consultant can be expert in all areas of a significant project. Few companies can afford to maintain a staff of industry and subject matter experts. In this environment, Highstone Associates has found it effective to work with a network of trusted partners to meet client needs and provide expert and exceptional service on a case-by-case basis. Mr. Hochstein maintains a wide network of complementary consulting relationships globally and across the United States and Canada. In some cases, Highstone Associates, Inc. leads projects. In others, Highstone Associates, Inc. provides services to others. 

Automation, outsourcing, offshoring, Reshoring and domestic jobs 

Eric Hochstein has been an expert in issues relating to outsourcing, offshoring, and the American economy since 2003.  He has worked closely with communities in North America to help them attract new technology-related companies, including outsourcing service providers and to develop new technology-based clusters. In recent years, he has become an advisor on automation and digitization of business process, particularly in the contact center.

While representing the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, he pioneered the use of the term "nearshoring" in efforts to attract contact centers, outsourcing service providers and shared services centers to Canada.  

In recent years, he has become a recognized industry expert on topics relating to sourcing and shoring, including outsourcing, nearshoring, and reshoring, and has extended his expertise from technology services to manufacturing and to other related areas including immigration, workforce development, and supply chain management.

He writes regularly for NEARSHOREAMERICAS.COM and is in demand as a speaker on issues relating to outsourcing and offshoring including the growing trend of domestic sourcing.

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In today's digital economy, connections are lifelines. Mr. Hochstein has been called a natural connector. He's someone who connects dots that others haven't noticed exist. He sees relationships where others see empty space.

With a network that spans the globe, crosses industry lines, and is more than just "Linked", he makes connections that make differences, that lead to business, that create opportunities, and in some cases, that end up in lifelong friendships.


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