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.
Cuban cuisine arrived on C-Street with the opening of La Habana Vieja; independent brokerage Gateway Real Estate opened its first office; and a veteran of the restaurant industry invested in her first food truck.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.
Hollie Elliott, the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, discusses some of the ways helping small town businesses is different than in larger cities. The Dallas County Economic Development Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aimed at helping local existing and new businesses in the county.