Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success

We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution.  The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.

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Brandon Alberts
Sr. Consultant

What do you do in your role at The Next Step?

In my role I serve The Next Step customers with market research information to identify new opportunities and support the most informed decision making.  With a strong engineering background, I also support projects in new product development and cost reduction initiatives.

How/when did you first become interested in this type of work?

I have always had a passion for product development and engineering related projects, but always found solid market research to be a critical missing link in the process.  I acquired the desire for market research out of necessity in determining where development efforts can be applied for the highest return on investment.

What aspect your job brings you the most satisfaction?

I always desire to be a trusted “right hand” to The Next Step clients as an extension of their own team.  True satisfaction comes when clients can achieve their goals as a result of our combined efforts.

Where is your favorite vacation spot and what makes it your favorite?

My favorite “vacation” spot is packed the cab of my John Deere combine or tractor with my wife and 4 young children.  In this place our entire family comes together to be stewards of God’s earth and give thanks for His creations.

How do you like to spend your free time?

My free time is mostly spent in my shop, either fixing machinery, restoring a car, or building something with my CNC router or 3D printer.

Certifications and Credentials

- 'B.S. Mechanical Engineering

- M.S. Engineering Management

- Volunteer Student Robotics Coach

Our DNA

Ya, we're a bunch of growth oriented, metric driven, type A, continuous improvement drivers, who enjoy knocking out tasks and having some fun in the process. Yet as a team, our discussions revolve around MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and how we are delivering measurable value for our customers.  It’s why we have the policy that if we don’t deliver value you don’t pay.  It’s why we hire people that are:

Build Trust We display character and competence, building long-term relationships through transparency, mutual respect, and our consistent ability to deliver results.
Be Selfless We exhibit adaptability, flexibility, and a willingness to take on the challenges of others and guide them to positive outcomes. To always do the right thing even if we suffer in the process. To put others first.
Always Improve We exude a bias for “Yes” with a desire to make things better. It is the courage and bravery to forge new paths and try new things, knowing failure is only a bump on the path to growth.
Fight for Others We lead the charge and are dauntless in our approach to accomplishing our clients’ goals. Tirelessly elevating our own skills to support our team members and clients. Prepared at all times to answer the call.