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Local president out at office equipment dealer

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The president of a Springfield office equipment dealer has exited the company, three years after it sold to a St. Louis firm.

Tyson Johns, who’s led Corporate Business Systems as a division of St. Louis-based SumnerOne Inc. since 2017, is no longer working in the Springfield office, said Kevin Snyder, president of SumnerOne’s southwest region.

“Our CBS office is alive and well and thriving,” Snyder said via email. “We are open for business and I look forward to getting engaged in many of the relationships that have been in place for years.”

Snyder did not respond to requests for follow-up comment by deadline, and Johns could not be reached.

In a screenshot of a private Facebook post provided to Springfield Business Journal, Johns said company officials on April 3 cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason that he was no longer employed with the office equipment firm. Johns has updated his LinkedIn profile to show his exit from the company this month after nearly 11 years with CBS and SumnerOne.

“I am still shocked to now be looking for work but am also incredibly thankful for all that this job blessed my family and me with over the years,” Johns wrote in the post dated April 11. “I know God has a bigger plan, and now it’s time for me to find the starting page of my next chapter.”

He also thanked the customers, employees and friends he made in the business.

SumnerOne purchased Corporate Business Systems in 2017 from founder Jim Quesenberry. CBS became a division of SumnerOne through the purchase and continued to operate at 3348 E. Cherry St., according to past SBJ reporting. When the deal was completed, CBS had roughly $15 million in annual revenue.

Johns, who at the time was Corporate Business Systems’ president and CEO, became president of SumnerOne’s Springfield office through the transaction.

Corporate Business Systems ranked No. 2 on SBJ’s list this year of the area’s largest office equipment dealers. The company reported 52 local employees led by Johns, in the list published Feb. 24.

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