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2014 40 Under 40 Honoree: Tyson Johns

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At 31, Tyson Johns is charged with managing four offices and more than 60 staff members for a $12 million company.

Johns took the reins as president of Corporate Business Systems Inc. on Oct. 1, promoted by company owner Jim Quesenberry as he looked to retire.

“I wanted someone who is going to keep a close eye on the bottom line and make sure we continue to maintain and grow,” Quesenberry told Springfield Business Journal in September 2013 upon naming Johns to the job. “He’s just a very bright, results-oriented, competitive individual.”

Prior to his promotion, Johns, a certified public accountant who also holds a Master of Business Administration, had served three years as chief financial officer for the Springfield-based company that specializes in the sale and service of copiers, printers, scanners, electronic imaging devices and networks.

“I feel this is one of the highest professional accomplishments of my life at this point,” Johns says of his path to CBS president. “The job is challenging and demanding, and I absolutely love it. I am so thankful for everything I have, and it is gratifying to have prior years of hard working paying off now.”

Johns represented the company and the copier dealer industry in June 2013, when he was selected to attend the Ricoh Dealers Council in discussions about best practices in 2014 for the Ricoh Family Group, which manufactures Corporate Business Systems’ products and holds a 25 percent global market share in the industry, he says.

Johns finds himself in a mentoring role for some employees, helping them with both professional and personal goals. He says he has taught some employees how to effectively manage a budget, something he considers important for those just entering the workforce.

“Some might think these things are not monumental, but to see the sense of security these individuals gained from learning these tools as young independent people gave me more joy than most of my own personal accolades,” Johns says.

In the community, Johns is proud of his work volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, for which he serves on the board of directors and participates in committee work. He also spends time with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is a Rotaract member and is part of the chamber’s 29th class of Leadership Springfield.

“My goal for 2014 and the next five years is to continue my support with the organizations that work closely for the betterment of Springfield as a whole,” Johns says.

He one day hopes to leverage his business and community experience to become a school board or city council member.

“My motto is simply this: ‘At the end of my life when I stand before God, I want to be able to say I used every bit of talent he ever gave me and have nothing left,’” Johns says.[[In-content Ad]]


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