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John Eckstrom
Carolina Business Equipment Inc.
5123 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: (803) 798-7522
BTA Member Since: 1978

Eckstrom is president and CEO of Carolina Business Equipment Inc. (CBE), Columbia, S.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting. After college, Eckstrom 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, he moved into private business where he became branch controller for a Fortune 500 company. Eckstrom then became director of finance for a manufacturing company and was CFO to a mechanical contracting firm. He 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, Eckstrom purchased half of the company and became its president. In October 2000, he 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 three years and employs 38 people. Since 1995, CBE has enjoyed both steady growth and profitability.


Brian Snow
Advanced Business Systems
1236 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: (850) 222-2308
BTA Member Since: 1984

Snow is president of Advanced Business Systems, Tallahassee, Fla., which is celebrating its 30th year in business. He has been with the company for more than 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 board member of CDA and a graduate of Florida State University, where he received a degree in finance.

Vice President

Tim Renegar
Kelly Office Solutions
163 S. Stratford Road, Ste. A
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: (336) 725-2566
BTA Member Since: 2003

Renegar is president and co-owner of Kelly Office Solutions, a Canon, Konica Minolta and Savin dealership located in Winston Salem, N.C. He has 35-plus years of management experience in the industry. Renegar has worked in corporate environments such as IKON and Sharp Electronics, where he served as president of North Carolina, and in dealerships such as Charlotte Copy Data and Triad Business Systems, where he was executive vice president and co-owner. He has also served on various manufacturing and leasing company advisory councils, and his dealership has been a BTA member for 20-plus years.


Bill James
10508 Stein Drive
River Ridge, LA 70123
Phone: (504) 460-7376
BTA Member Since: 1971

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

Immediate Past President

Gerry Purvis
Purvis Business Machines Inc.
4505 Highway 39 N.
Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: (601) 485-5364
BTA Member Since: 1980

Purvis is owner and president of Purvis Business Machines, a Toshiba and Copystar dealer 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.

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

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