Meet Tom Schrader of Competitive Arts!
Tell us a little about your MSP…
Competitive Arts Inc is located in Green Bay, WI. Founded in 2005, we have been serving the Green Bay and Fox River Valley area for over 15 years.
How long have you been a member of The 20?
We’ve been a member of the 20 for about a year and a half.
Why did your MSP originally look to partner with The 20?
Joining The 20 was a very easy decision. For years, we had grown organically through nothing more than referrals. When we decided we wanted to grow at a faster pace, it just made sense to join The 20 so that we could bring scale to the technical side and marketing expertise to the business side.
Tell us about the biggest change in your business since joining The 20.
Since joining The 20, we have grown the depth of our relationships with our existing clients. The pool of products we access and the increased knowledge pool across a fantastic membership base has taken us from being a trusted resource for our clients to an invaluable resource.
What do you like most about being a member of The 20?
The sense of community we get as a member of The 20 is inestimable. Being able to get advice from other members on all aspects of running a business is phenomenal and more than a little unique.
What do you think is the most important quality necessary for success?
I believe the most important quality when striving for success is persistence. There will be events that can be hard to push through, but the persistence to push past is how success is achieved.
What are your biggest business challenges?
The biggest challenge for us will always be embracing change. Whether we are talking about adoption of industry standards or business practices, adaptation is the path to moving forward. The challenge is in deciding to not sit back and continue on the same way as in the past.
What are your areas of focus for 2021?
For Competitive Arts, 2021 will continue to focus on growth. Growing the business helps bring about new challenges and these challenges keep us sharp and let us provide for our existing clients in ways that may not have been evident previously.
What advice would you share with an MSP looking to scale their business?
No one is an expert in everything. Experience is the most expensive way to buy anything. Rely on trusted advisors who have been there and overcame.
What book are you currently reading?
Business Made Simple by Donald Miller and From a Certain Point of View (a collection of Star Wars short stories)
WTF with Marc Maron, Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr, Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
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