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son, Jimmy, was named chief executive in 2010, leaving it in very "capable hands," Busby said.
"Being recognized by your peers is, perhaps, the greatest possible honor for somebody like me that you can receive," Busby said.
Standing behind the lectern, Busby chose to acknowledge a few more: His children Jimmy, Brent Jeffrey, Kent, Jamie and Katy Bell. Those are "the six greatest accomplishments of my life," he said. He also thanked his girlfriend, Brandi.
"But the success of those companies is really the success of hard work by an awful lot of people. The real trick in my mind is picking the right people to surround yourself with that make you look good."
Harbin, who was once one of Busby's employees, described him as "an employer who just had no sense of what it meant to stop, or to compromise, or to slow down. And that really is the story of not only QMS, but of CentraLite."
Terry Harbin, market president at BancorpSouth, mentioned the now storied $10,000 bank loan Jimmy applied for "to get things started."
to Mobile, visited with company and decided to invest in it, Busby said.
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In his thankful and light hearted remarks, Busby also noted that his success was held up by great employees.
The event, sponsored by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, was held to present him with the outstanding entrepreneur award for his achievements, past and current.
As a small business owner he became the toast of Mobile after launching a technology New Balance 990 Mens company from his son's bedroom all the way to Wall Street.
Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson noted how Busby can seem like a "duck floating on water" serene on the surface, but paddling like crazy underwater.
"QMS really had a magic associated with that company, and now CentraLite has created a magic of its own," Busby said. But to get there, the company had to brave through the housing crisis, watching many of its small dealers fall away in its wake.
After all, his steering of the printer company, Quality Micro Systems, is known to many. And at the ceremony, many did attest to Busby's drive while running the small business.
Jim Busby honored for his gumption as an entrepreneur in Mobile
Strapped for cash, they looked to sell the business in 2008 to a French company "for just about nothing." Three days before the deal was to close, a group of former QMS employees who had made a lot of money came New Balance 990 Gold
"He knows that you begin with a vision, and with that vision you have ingenuity; you have imagination; you have hard work you have risk, but you have passion," Hudson said. "And that's one thing I will say about Jim that he effuses all of that together."
to a crowd of the city's business and political leaders Thursday at the Mobile Marriott in recognition of small business week.
Update: This story has been updated to clarify that Busby started his business in his son's bedroom and to correct the name of one of Busby's sons, Brent, on May 16, 2014.
The printer company was sold many years ago, but only after a prosperous run. Today he serves as executive vice president and chief operation officer. His oldest New Balance 574 Red On Feet
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