Young Alumni Achievement Award

True to the entrepreneurial spirit of her alma mater, Rita Gurevich formed a successful company, became a leader in an emerging industry, and has represented Stevens as a thriving young alumna.

Ms. Gurevich found success by first steering through disaster: the financial crisis of 2008. She was working as an assistant vice president at Lehman Brothers during its collapse, and she was tasked with separating the company’s data as each unit was sold to other firms. Having had to do so quickly and securely, Ms. Gurevich soon became an expert on data management, analytics, compliance, cybersecurity and other IT issues.

Seeing a widespread client need and sensing an opportunity, Ms. Gurevich founded SPHERE Technology Solutions, which offers data governance, compliance and security services to numerous Fortune 100 companies in the financial, healthcare, retail, energy and other industries in the United States and internationally.

Based in Jersey City, SPHERE has recently added a London office. While many IT security companies offer protection from the outside, SPHERE specializes in guarding against internal threats. Because of its expertise, the company has been rewarded with increased sales and named number 311 on the 2016 Deloitte Fast 500 and to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 of the fastest growing companies nationwide. After recently launching its SPHEREboard dashboard, the company is poised to evolve into a software firm as well.

Ms. Gurevich has won several awards, including being named to the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs list by NJ Monthly in 2012 and the 50 Best Women in Business list by NJBIZ in 2015, as well as winning the 2015 Hoboken Chamber of Commerce Award for Women in Business, a 2016 Brava Award from SmartCEO, and a 2016 Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award from Ernst & Young.

As a rising star in the IT industry, young entrepreneur, and increasingly visible presence throughout the state, Ms. Gurevich is also a board member of the New Jersey Technology Council. In 2015, she gave the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship Female Entrepreneur Lecture at Farleigh Dickinson University.

Ms. Gurevich was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States when she was a child. The New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards program gave her the 2013 George Merck Award for Community Engagement and the 2015 Casper Wistar Award for Growth.

During her time as a student, Ms. Gurevich participated in the Stevens co-op program, through which she started at Lehman Brothers. Every year, she and SPHERE host a craft beer festival to raise money for the Liberty Humane Society. They have also gathered and sent hundreds of care packages to troops overseas.