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21 Feb / Where Do You Go To Learn To Be a CEO?

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Integrated Management Services CEO John D. Calhoun says everything he knows about leadership and strategy was learned on the job. Well, this recipient of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal must be a quick study.

BUILD MEMBER: John D. Calhoun

POSITION: CEO, Integrated Management Services in Jackson, Mississippi

BUSINESS: IMS, founded 1996 with cofounder ROD L. HILL (now president and COO). IMS Designs, engineers, and builds transportation systems (highways, airports, rail lines) and water distribution systems (pipelines, drainage facilities, canals, dams).

EMPLOYEES: 189

ANNUAL SALES: $10-15 million

CUSTOMERS YOU’VE HEARD OF: U.S. Department of the Army, Nissan.

OTHER LOCATIONS: Greenville, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, and Detroit.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST RECENT MISTAKE? Wow! I have made so many…. I am a risk taker. Hasty decision making. I am guilty of failing to understand the real organizational context and culture which has led to the current situation. I have also been guilty of not investing the time to understand the core issues behind a problem, preferring to skate across the surface to draw conclusions.

IF YOU COULD BE SMARTER ABOUT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS, WHICH WOULD IT BE:

  • Analytics and Big Data
  • Social Media
  • Global Business Networks
  • Customer-Driven Innovation
  • Talent Development
  • Building an Adaptive Organization

HOW MANY VACATION DAYS DO YOU TAKE A YEAR? 3 days a year.

ANY MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES ON YOUR WALLS? “We will either find a way, or make one.” – Hannibal

THE HARDEST QUESTION ON THE TEST: The first problem is: Where do you go to learn to be a CEO? No training or other job actually prepares you to run a company. The only thing that prepares you to run a company is running a company.

This means that you will face a broad set of things that you don’t know how to do that require skills that you don’t have. Nevertheless, everybody will expect you to know how to do them, because, well, you are the CEO. If you manage a team of 10 people, it’s quite possible to do so with very few mistakes or bad behaviors. If you manage an organization of 200 people it is quite impossible. At a certain size, your company will do things that are so bad that you never imagined that you’d be associated with that
kind of incompetence. Seeing people fritter away money, waste each other’s time, and do sloppy work can make you feel bad.

If you are the CEO, it may well make you sick. And to rub salt into the wound and make matters worse, it’s your fault. No CEO ever has a smooth path to a great company.

COMPANIES YOU LOVE: Target Department Store because they worked hard to actively market the brand distinctly from Wal-Mart. Price is important, but equal emphasis is placed on design and style. Target’s emphasis on its brand’s image from an early stage has allowed it to achieve what no other discount retailer has in North America. Target is just outright a cool store.

COMPANIES YOU STUDY: Google — I’m constantly trying to understand its culture, its obsession with data, and its acquisition strategy. Google may be one of the best companies when it comes to acquisitions by combining acquisition target discipline with a smart way of integrating the acquired company.

 

Original article and credit: The Build Network “Where do you go to learn to be a CEO?”

09 Nov / SBAACC 2012 Small Business Awards Nominee – IMS Engineers

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Meet Rod Hill, owner of IMS Engineers and nominee for Small Business of the Year!

01 May / “Where Do You Go To Learn To Be a CEO?”

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Integrated Management Services CEO John D. Calhoun says everything he knows about leadership and strategy was learned on the job. Well, this recipient of the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal must be a quick study.

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17 Mar / Entergy’s Minority Business event lures more than 30 firms

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Entergy Mississippi hosted its 2005 Minority Business Summit in February in Jackson at the Jackson State University eCenter.

More than 30 people representing companies owned by women and/or minorities spent the day listening to presentations on how to do business with Entergy.

“Entergy wants to do business with diverse business groups, but those groups have to know what to expect from us — and what we expect from them,” said Carmen Davis, lead supplier development specialist for Entergy and a Madison County resident.

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20 Oct / Inc. 500 Reveals America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

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New York, (October 20, 2004) – Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for small and medium sized businesses, today released its 23 rd annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the country. A full-service consulting, engineering, technical, management and operations firm helping public and private sector clients improve the environment and infrastructure, Integrated Management Services, ranks 432nd on the list, with four/five year average annual sales growth of 86%. The Inc. 500 Special Issue will appear on newsstands October 26 and will be on display until December 21, 2004.

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10 Nov / Fast Growth Lands Jackson’s IMS on Inc. 500

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In 1996, two former City of Jackson employees, John D. Calhoun, Ph.D., and Rod L. Hill, P.E., believed they saw a niche for an engineering firm focused on the unique needs of urban areas, and formed Integrated Management Services (IMS). What a niche it has turned out to be.

Over the past five years, IMS has recorded a phenomenal sales growth of 908%. How good is that? Good enough to rank the firm 183rd on Inc. magazine’s 2003 Inc. 500, a list of the 500 fastest –growing private companies in the country. According to Calhoun, the success can be attributed to a surprisingly simple, common strategy, which has resulted in 98% of its business coming from repeat customers.

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01 Oct / Inc. 500 Reveals America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

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New York, (October 1, 2003) – Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for small and medium sized businesses, today released its 23rd annual Inc.500 ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the country. A full-service consulting, engineering, technical, management and operations firm based in Jackson, Mississippi, IMS Engineers, ranks 183rd on the list, with five-year sales growth of 908%. The Inc. 500 Special Issue appeared on newsstands October 14 and will be on display until January 2004.

The companies that made this list have thrived through continued stagnation in the economy, posting an average five-year growth of 1,312%. With aggregate revenue of $14.4 billion, Inc. 500 companies are a formidable market force. And while the United States shed 1.5 million jobs in 2002, Inc.500 companies half of which were launched with less than $20,000provided employment for 67, 973 people.

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10 Sep / IMS Autrans key Nissan middleman

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IMS Autrans is only three minutes away from the loading dock at Nissan’s Canton plant. The location of the automotive logistics service provider is a critical link in the Nissan supply chain, said Bob Landis, general manager of IMS Autrans and vice president of Autrans Corp. in Smyrna, Tenn.

“This is the nucleus. This drives the train,” Landis said. The company serves as the point of entry for more than 3,000 parts from 14 suppliers. IMS Autrans warehouses and distributes the parts from those suppliers to the $1.4 billion Nissan facility.

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01 Apr / Nissan supplier to hire over 200 workers

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A Jackson company that has partnered with a Smyrna, Tenn., firm as a Nissan supplier plans to hire 204 workers for its facility on the vehicle assembly’s campus.

IMS Autrans LLC will be “progressively hiring hourly employees,” said Bob Landis, who will serve as general manager of the 300,000squarefoot facility.

The provider of automotive logistics services is a joint venture of IMS (Integrated Management Services) in Jackson and Autrans, a supplier at the Nissan plant in Tennessee.

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29 Mar / Supervisors OK loan for Nissan Supplier

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Madison County supervisors approved a $650,000 startup loan to a Nissan minority supplier firm Friday, but not before a Japanese firm agreed to guarantee the loan.

Supervisors put the deal on ice after the firm, IMS Autrans, asked the county to release it from personal and spousal guaranties of the loan as required by state law, Madison County attorney Dewey Hebree said.

The loan, a Community Development Block Grant loan through the Mississippi Development Authority, was approved in December, the facility is expected to open in late May.

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