James Wilson climbed the ladder to the top at NewStream Enterprises. He started at the SRC Holdings Corp. division when he was 25, working in customer service.
Wilson knew he wanted more, and his desire for professional growth also was a boon for the company.
Today, Wilson oversees $175 million in annual sales for the distribution and supply chain management company and a plant each in Springfield and Joliet, Illinois.
He also feels the call of volunteerism, serving as board secretary for Ozarks Food Harvest and as a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shriners.
“No one should go hungry, especially right here in our community,” he says.
What was your first job? Mowing grass. I actually earned the money to overhaul the engine for my first car by mowing lawns. My dad and I rebuilt the engine together.
What are you doing to make the Ozarks better? If we want to make the Ozarks a better place, we have to focus on the children, who are our future.
What did you learn the hard way? Listen to those who have walked the path before you.
What is your theme song? “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.
Have you ever met a celebrity? Vince Papale. Most people may not know who he is, but they made a movie about his life, “Invincible.” He was the oldest rookie to ever play in NFL without college experience.
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Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.
Caleb Scott, coach and co-owner of Queen City Insane Asylum football team, says he had to sacrifice early on to make sure his team had places to play. With the business climate at the time, it wasn't easy.