Local success earns honor
By Brook Stockberger
Las Cruces Bulletin
When his alarm clock rings at 4:30 a.m., Rick Jackson is already awake.
“I beat the alarm each morning,” the Las Cruces businessman said.
Jackson, 62, cannot wait to get to the office and the warehouse. He might even be found working on one of the company’s 15 vehicles.
The hard work has paid off.
Not only has he grown his company, American Documents Services, from a staff of one part-time worker in 2001 to 18 employees, he has been named the 2015 New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Development Centers.
He’ll be honored at a Small Business Week celebration May 13 in Albuquerque.
“Just being nominated is something beyond what you’d expect,” Jackson said.
He said he’s just happy to have a successful business and to work with family, including his daughters, April and Brandy, and son, Jason, at the company.
“I have a wonderful family,” he said.
American Document Services securely stores documents for clients who range from individuals to companies with hundreds of employees. The company also shreds more than 1 million pounds of paper each year.
“We have millions of peoples’ information stored right here,” Jackson said of his facility at 300 N. 17th St. “We shred 1.5 million pounds of paper last year and recycled it. We’re on track to do way over 2 million pounds this year.”
In addition to the Las Cruces area, the company has clients in Deming, Alamogordo, Silver City, Anthony, N.M., Hatch, Ruidoso, Truth or Consequences, western El Paso and other locals.
American Document Services has two mobile shredders to go right to a client’s business as well as delivery vehicles, trailers, box trucks and others.
Jackson and his employees also hold free shredding sessions for seniors and others throughout the year.
And while Jackson said “paper is not going away,” American Document Services also conducts secure scanning for many documents. He said the company is on the verge of buying a couple more machines that can scan 5,000 sheets per hour.
With 41,000 square feet of storage space already on hand, Jackson said the company plans to expand even more.
After a 25-year career in the Army, the native Oklahoman retired from the military in 1998 while stationed at White Sands Missile Range. He worked in banking before he started American Document Services. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield two decades ago, he had a chance to return to Middle East and spent two stints for a total of 17 months in Iraq as a civilian employee.
Jackson has been active with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade and has served on a variety of boards of directors for banks as well as nonprofits such as the Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces.
More information about the company can be found online at www.lascrucesdocumentshredding. com.
Brook Stockberger may be reached at 680-1977 or firstname.lastname@example.org