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President

Gerry Purvis
Purvis Business Machines Inc.
4505 Highway 39 N.
Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: (601) 485-5364
Email: gerry.purvis@gopurvis.com

Purvis is owner and president of Purvis Business Machines, a Toshiba and Copystar dealer located in Meridian, Miss. He has been with Purvis Business Machines since 1979. Purvis is a graduate of Meridian Community College and a U.S. Army veteran. Purvis and his wife Betty have one daughter and they attend Northpark Church. With the firm belief that education is one of the keys to success, he has become involved in his community by serving as an officer and board member on the Meridian Community College Foundation.


President-Elect

John Eckstrom
Carolina Business Equipment
5123 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: (803) 798-7522
Email: johne@cbesc.com

Eckstrom is president and CEO of Carolina Business Equipment (CBE), located in Columbia, S.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting. After college, he went to a local firm working in the tax department and then moved to a firm where his focus was bank auditing. After two years, Eckstrom moved into private business where he became branch controller for a Fortune 500 company. He then became director of finance for a manufacturing company and was CFO to a mechanical contracting firm. Eckstrom came to CBE in November 1994 as the company's controller and moved into the general manager position in March 1995. At the end of 1995, he purchased half of the company and became its president. In October 2000, Eckstrom purchased the rest of the company. CBE's corporate office is located in Columbia, S.C., and over the past 10 years the company has moved into three new markets, including Charleston and Florence, S.C., and Augusta, Ga. CBE has also acquired two companies in the past two years and employs 38 people. Since 1995, CBE has enjoyed both steady growth and profitability.


Secretary/Treasurer

Bill James
WJS Enterprises Inc.
3315 Ridgelake Dr.
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 837-5666
Email: bjames@wjsenterprises.com

James, of Metairie, La., started in the industry with Olivetti Corp. in 1971, working in sales and then software development and support. In 1982, James started Micro Systems Inc., a networking VAR specializing in accounting software. For the past 21 years, he has served as systems support manager for WJS Enterprises Inc.


Board Members

Terry Chapman
Business Electronics Corp.
219 Oxmoor Circle
P.O. Box 531066
Birmingham, AL 35253-1066
Phone: (205) 942-6007
Email: tchapman@businesselectronics.com

Chapman is president of Business Electronics Corp., located in Birmingham, Ala. He has served as president of the company, a Toshiba and Lanier dealership, since 1988. Chapman is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and worked in the banking industry prior to his current role. He was named BTA's Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and has served in several positions on the BTA Southeast board, including BTA Southeast president. He also served as BTA national president during the 2012-13 year.


Brian Snow
Advanced Business Systems
1236 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303-6161
Phone: (850) 222-2308
Email: bsnow@a-b-s.com

Snow is president of Advanced Business Systems, located in Tallahassee, Fla. He has been with the company for 20 years. Starting as an inside sales rep and working his way through the service, sales and administration departments, Snow recently purchased Advanced from his father. With his years of experience, Snow's new focus is to take Advanced into the next phase of the imaging industry's evolution. He is a graduate of Florida State University and received a degree in finance.


Immediate Past President

Linda Hayes
Purcell's Business Products
222 E. 1st St.
Campbellsville, KY 42718
Phone: (270) 465-8502
Email: linda@purcells.com

Hayes is president of Purcell's Business Products, located in Campbellsville, Ky. Purcell’s has been in business since 1963. Hayes joined Purcell's with her husband Dan in August of 1983 and she has worn many hats over the last 30 years. In 2010, she took total ownership of Purcell's when Dan moved into another industry-related position. She and Dan have four children and seven grandchildren, and are members of Campbellsville Baptist Church. Hayes is a 13-year breast cancer survivor and is involved in promoting breast health for women and men.


Administrator
Linda Alwood
BTA Southeast
11822 Justice Ave., Ste. B8
P.O. Box 14806
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (800) 234-8996
Email: lalwood@aol.com


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