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Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes


Jim is the owner and CEO of Western Integrated Systems (WIS). He purchased the genesis of the present firm in 1982 from Exxon Office Systems. The business had two locations at its inception—Sacramento and Phoenix.  Those locations had morphed from offices that had been in operation since 1971. Jim was a participate in founding several reseller locations throughout the west for a firm called Benchmark Systems. He worked in various capacities, including Sales and Sales Management. Jim came from a successful sales career (1966-1971) for the Friden Calculating Machine Company, working a sales territory and as a sales manager in San Francisco. Jim left his employment at Friden to help found Benchmark Systems.  Benchmark Systems was purchased by a company called Office Communications (OCI) in 1974 where he worked as vice president of sales. OCI was developing a new technology desktop word processing with an integrated high speed daisy wheel printer.  It was at this point that OCI became a reseller for a company called Vydec.  Jim’s position at Vydec was the Western Regional Sales Manager for sales and service offices throughout the western US. After a five (5) year stint in this position he became the Director of Field Operations for Exxon Office Systems which was the parent company of several companies, including Vydec. Jim worked for Exxon Office Systems as Director of Field Operations and as Director of Marketing and Training. He was working in this capacity when the opportunity became available to own his own company and purchased the ongoing business of the Sacramento and Phoenix offices. This was the beginning of a long career which has continued to this day. Throughout Jim’s career he has served in many capacities and understands the many functioning which makes a company successful. He has a keen knowledge of how to manage personnel and technology to make a successful company. He has survived many technological changes in managing a business and has a unique understanding of how to cope with constant changes in technology and business processes and how WIS positions their offerings to solve ever demanding business processes, drive profits, comply with legal requirements and offer customer facing system applications. Jim primary function and success over his career as a business owner has been to offer the following:

  • The most honest, ethical, friendly and responsive company and employees with which to do business
  • The most experienced and knowledgeable employees that interface and work with our hundreds of customers over a span of 39
  • The best consulting services
  • The best value and performance product set to serve our customer application needs/requirements
  • The best installation and implementation of our products
  • The best training and documentation set
  • The best post-sales support
  • The best administrative needs

Jim was a U.S. Navy Officer, having served between 1963 and 1966. He holds an AA degree from Warren Wilson Jr. College, a BS degree in Business Management from Kent State University, and attended Graduate School in International Economics at Ohio State University.

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