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2013 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year
Thomas Douglas, owner of JMARK Business Solutions, Inc. in Springfield, was been named the 2013 Missouri Small Business Person of the Year. The company provides technology consulting services for small to medium sized businesses, and specializes in full-service computer network care.
JMARK Business Solutions was started in 1988 in Cabool, MO as a small computer service business. Ten years later, JMARK moved to Springfield, MO to better serve its expanding list of clients. After four years in the Navy, Tom joined JMARK in 1997 as a level-one engineer. In 2000, he became president of the small firm and eventually its majority owner. By 2007, JMARK had grown to 15 employees and sought to expand his company. In 2008, he bought out two local competitors, doubling his workforce. In 2012, Tom opened offices in Fayetteville, AR and Colorado Springs, CO. Today his company employs 63 people and has grown the company by more than ten times.
JMARK has received multiple awards. Most recently JMARK has been ranked as number 113 globally and number 90 in North America as a top managed service provider. Tom was also recognized as a Top Executive by Nine Lives Media in their Top 250 of global leaders which identifies the world’s top managed service provider experts, executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders. JMARK was among Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Businesses for three years. JMARK was also recognized by MO Governor Nixon as a part of a Technology Jobs Growth program, and selected as the Rising Star of Entrepreneurship from the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center.