2001 - New Technology Era
At 69 yrs. old and facing retirement, Mr. Quillin agreed to sell the business to a Texas Gulf Coast area businessman, Chris Gier. Mr. Quillin stayed on with a three-year exit plan to assist Mr. Gier with the transition of business ownership. The business plan presented to Mr. Quillin by Mr. Gier was an aggressive growth plan focused on evolving technology during a time when the independent office supply dealers were becoming obsolete due to the development of the Internet and e-commerce competitiveness with online ordering, next day delivery of office supply items. Mr. Quillin, seeing the merits of the business plan and agreeing to stay on for these three key years as a consultant was yet another crucial move to help solidify the daily business operations as the new owner could focus on the transition of the business and future development in the technology area.