August 28, 2009. (Anderson, IN) – Unified Group Services was honored as one of the 2009 Indiana Companies to Watch at an awards program held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom Thursday evening, August 27. The award, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, its Small Business Development Center network, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation was given to Unified, along with forty-nine Indiana companies chosen from a field of over 500 applicants.
Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana privately held second-stage companies, typically those businesses that are past the startup phase, are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival. Companies honored range from traditional businesses involved in manufacturing, financial services and retail trade to high-tech companies working in the life sciences, information technology, telecommunications, and aerospace industries.
The privately owned, 13-year old company offers employee benefit plan administration to nearly 150 employer groups throughout the Midwest. It was founded in 1996 in the home of owner and president, Richard L. Mousty. Working with co-founder, Faith Hailey, Unified grew quickly and moved into offices in Pendleton, Indiana. By February 2004, Unified relocated to a new 13,000 sq. ft. facility in Anderson and in 2008, added an additional 9,000 sq. ft. to accommodate the growing business.
President Richard L. Mousty believes personal contact, in an industry that thrives on automated attendants, is the driving force behind the company’s steady growth. “We like to conduct modern business in an old fashioned way, with the personal touch of receptionists answering the phones, and a dedicated account manager for each client. I am personally involved in the day-to-day activities of our company and every client we have knows that they can call and personally speak to me. We believe that personal touch gives us an edge over our competition.”
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