This week we welcomed the Bomgar company to campus to celebrate 10 years since their founding – on our campus. We are proud of them growing to become a $50 million a year business, and 6 times being named one of America’s fastest growing private companies.
Governor Phil Bryant was the featured guest for this 10 year anniversary party.
The three founders are all 2003 Belhaven graduates – Joel Bomgar (business major) along with co-founders Nathan McNeil (philosophy major), and Patrick Norman (computer science major)
We are proud of Joel, and he would be the first to give the glory to God. We believe in Joel so much, that he is the youngest person ever elected to Belhaven’s Board of Trustees.
I love the corporate vision statement of Bomgar because they live it out in how they do business, and because it represents the finest of what we hope for in a Belhaven University education:
To honor God by applying Biblical principles
in relation to employees, customers and financial dealings.
Here is the story about the 10th anniversary celebration from the Clarion Ledger. Click this link and see the video too.
A Mississippi company is taking its product and its success story on the road over the next seven weeks, stopping at dozens of colleges and businesses to show off why it’s consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation.
But the first college on the tour is one close to the company founder’s heart.
In 2003, Joel Bomgar was a student at Belhaven University, working in tech support to help pay for school. Now he is the CEO of Bomgar, a remote tech support company he founded that has thousands of clients in more than 60 countries.
The company employs nearly 225 people, most in its Ridgeland home office, Bomgar said. Other employees work from some of the company’s offices in six countries and 12 states.
Last year, the company brought in nearly $50 million, he said, a figure it hopes to surpass this year.
But the successful, home-grown businessman still remembers how his journey started.
Back in college Bomgar would have to jump in his old Buick LeSabre and drive to help clients with any tech support problem they had, a task he said pushed him to write the basic code for what would become an internationally used software.
“All the code for our original product was written right there,” said Bomgar, pointing to a building on campus where he and his company were announcing the bus tour. “I wrote it in between classes, on breaks. It all started right here.”
On Thursday, he was back on campus, but this time he was announcing the kickoff for the 2013 Bomgar Across America Tour, in whch an orange bus painted with the logo of his business will stop at 45 colleges and universities across the country.
“We have 7,500 organizations worldwide using our software, but we’ve never taken time to go city by city,” Bomgar said. The tour is focusing on colleges because he said his company has some 600 higher education partners and he would like to get more involved.
The bus is outfitted to give people a tour of the company’s product, Bomgar said.
Gov. Phil Bryant, who attended the announcement at Belhaven, praised Bomgar for helping create jobs in Mississippi and putting the state on the map for its entrepreneurial spirit.
“As you know, Mississippi is on a lot of lists,” said Bryant, adding the state has been consistently ranked among the best for entrepreneur success, including its recent ranking of No. 5 in the nation.
“If we had a football team ranked No. 5 in the nation, we’d all have bumper stickers,” Bryant said.
Belhaven President Roger Parrott also praised Bomgar for bringing notoriety to the university, where the successful alum has become the youngest member ever elected to the school’s board of trustees.
“I was thinking this morning that when I was in college I cleaned the science building in my school to help pay for school,” Parrott said. “Joel Bomgar decided to start a multi-million dollar company to put himself through school.
“And it worked out pretty well.”