In late 2012, I was employed as the VP of Operations for Office Logic Inc. (OLI) in Savannah. A copier sales organization, with four branch locations plus the Savannah headquarters, OLI can trace it roots back to 1979. Over the past several years, the company had suffered from a lack of leadership and direction as the owner, Mike Strum, attempted to wrestle the corporate beast single handed. And while Strum appeared to be firmly in control, OLI had many life threatening issues, most of which were driven by a lack of cash. The rest were directly related to Strums’ desire for complete and absolute control coupled with an unique inability to manage and/or make rational decisions.
My original goal with this post was to build a case study of gross mismanagement and corporate narcissism. But that was then and this is now [borrowed from That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton] and I’ve moved on. The fact that Strums’ company has changed names three times in five years says it all. RIP “COMDOC’; RIP “Office Logic”; and welcome “ECOMDOC”, the latest iteration. Don’t change your business model, just the name. The Savannah / Charleston business community will catch on eventually and run Strum out of town. Or maybe he’ll just change the company’s name yet again.