The Jackson, TN, office, owned by Ronnie and Susan Morris, was recently named 2018 Business of the Year by the Jackson Chamber.
How Did They Do it?
Everything started with an application to the Chamber, which included information on how the office grew their business in the past eight years, how many employees they started with versus how many they have now, the office’s community involvement, and letters of reference from clients and community leaders.
“We attribute our growth and business achievements to our office culture,” Ronnie said. “We are always asking for the order, have a sense of urgency in getting back to clients, and constantly focus on growing.”
But it isn’t all about profit.
“We also really stressed in the application how important it is for us to be engaged and make a difference in the community we serve,” he said. “We got involved immediately after opening our Jackson office.”
This involvement included:
- Ronnie and Susan started and were co-chairs of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for five years, where they raised more than a million dollars for the American Cancer Society.
- Susan has been a Rotary member for four years.
- The office “adopted” Isaac Lane Elementary starting in 2011 and every year they have Christmas for the less fortunate children. The program has grown from 25 children in 2011 to 60 in 2018.
- Ronnie started the Leadership Jackson IMPACT 5K that benefits a different non-profit every year. Since 2011 over $25,000 has been donated to local non-profits.
- In 2017, the office became visionaries for an event called “Black Tie Boxing,” which combines a black-tie dinner with MMA fighting and takes place yearly. All proceeds benefit the JDRF. This January, $117,000 was raised. They even made the cover of VIP Jacksonville Magazine, shown above!
How Did It Feel?
When the office found out they won, they were incredibly excited.
“We’re so proud of all we accomplished in the short years we’ve been Express owners in Jackson,” Ronnie said. “We know that without an amazing staff and dedicated associates this would never happen.”