A day in the life of a small business owner is rarely boring. There’s never a shortage of work to do. There are some duties that you enjoy and others . . . well, there are other tasks that you’d rather put off. Too many hats, balls in the air, irons in the fire. Call it what you want, but most business owners and managers can’t get it all accomplished. Sometimes we lose perspective on what’s important and get bogged down in the detail.
Did you ever wish that you could get an outside perspective on your business? Sure there are consultants out there, but there’s a lot of hype that comes along with the package. You’d like to find someone to help with practical solutions.
Jim Maddox, owner of Sphinx Business Solutions, has over 30 years of experience in operations management for both large and small businesses. A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Jim began his career as an industrial engineer for Atlanta Gas Light Company. He began his career with involvement in what became the first billion dollar industrial development in Georgia, the construction of a new paper mill for Fort Howard Paper Company in Effingham County.
In the late 1980s, Jim moved to an operations management position for Walthall Oil Company, based in Macon, later becoming a Vice President with the company. He acquired computer skills first hand with Walthall, implementing new accounting and operations systems as the company acquired other firms. This new knowledge propelled him into another series of positions with ComputerLogic, then the leading provider of automation and management software for automotive body shops. For several years, Jim provided consulting, training, and help with systems implementation for body shops across the U.S.
In 1997, Maddox made the transition to small business ownership with the purchase of Sphinx, Inc., then a fledgling printing company serving the Middle Georgia market. He has successfully guided the company, now Sphinx Business Solutions, for 18 years, transitioning the business from conventional offset printing to a broad range of services for business.
Jim brings a wealth of operational knowledge to the consulting side of Sphinx Business Solutions' activity. He has an innate ability to analyze the details of operational and production workflows to identify bottlenecks and opportunities for streamlining processes. His training and experience allows him to focus on efficiency and cost effectiveness, providing clients with measurable opportunities to improve the operational aspects of their businesses.