Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Name: Doug Meyer, president of Sage Software, which is building new offices on North Brown Road in Lawrenceville.
Tenure: Fourteen years with Sage. Originally the company was Peachtree Software, which was founded in Atlanta about 30 years ago. It was acquired by ADP in 1994 and acquired by the Sage Group PLC in 1999.
Responsibility: President of the Sage Software Small Business Division in North America, a $150 million-plus segment that includes business management software brands Peachtree Accounting, ACT! contact management, Timeslips and Simply Accounting.
On the nightstand: "I just finished Jack Welch's book 'Winning,' a practical book for almost anyone in business. I've also just started 'The FairTax Book,' co-written by Congressman John Linder and Atlanta-based talk show host Neal Boortz."
Rooting interest: "I've been a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan. Their continued sustained success is simply amazing. From there, I'm an avid golf fan."
Downtime: "My wife, Patti, and I have a beautiful 1-year-old daughter, Amanda, our first child. So, our last real vacation was spent in Florida with doting grandparents."
Mentor: "For the past 10 years, Ron Verni, CEO of Sage Software, has helped guide my career. Ron has provided tremendous career-enhancing advice, but the most valuable clearly has been to hire great people and then to empower them to do great things."
Greatest business risk: "Leaving a Fortune 500 firm for a relatively little-known software company with only 80 employees and debt equaling annual revenue. The year was 1991 and the company was Peachtree Software. I guess it worked out OK."
Important industry trend: "Consolidation has had the greatest impact on the software industry as the market has matured. This will continue to be the case going forward. In the past seven years, we have acquired 17 companies in North America alone, all of whom were former competitors."
Recipe for success: "Every successful businessperson has a great passion for what they do. Without passion, it is difficult to mobilize an organization to success. I'd also add honesty and integrity as being critical measures of success."