History

History of InfoSystems

While InfoSystems continues to evolve its dynamic solutions to best meet clients’ needs, the company’s culture and dedication to providing value remain unchanged since its founding in 1994.

An Idea on a Napkin

While InfoSystems continues to evolve our offerings to best meet the needs of our clients and changing technology landscape, the company’s culture and dedication to providing value remain unchanged since its founding in 1994.

What started as founder Clay Hales’ idea scratched on the back of a napkin has grown from a small operation of eight team members in 1994 to today’s nearly 50 employees across the southeast. Our foundation of success — and ability to consistently deliver value and help clients exceed their goals — has helped InfoSystems grow from a $900K business to a $45M business with more than 1,000 regional and national clients.

Our Roots

Clay Hales, founder and original CEO of InfoSystems, sought business opportunities that enabled him to oversee the full scope of customer solutions. Hales’ original products at the former A&A Business Machines were word processors and typewriters, but as the industry changed, his vision only grew. He envisioned a tech company as dynamic and changing as the market. In March 1994, InfoSystems — rebranded from A & A Business Machines — was founded with eight employees. And Hales later becoming an IBM Business Partner expedited the company’s upward trajectory. The company grew, adapting to the tumult of the dot-com era. 

Hales and the InfoSystems team persevered. Through the ever-evolving challenges of the early 2000s, InfoSystems and its leadership team showed resilience and good faith. Their response to the quickly shifting landscape helped them establish foundational relationships with key vendors crucial to the company’s continued success. 

Hales, now Board Chair and President, says his “secret sauce” for success begins with the company’s culture. Hales puts employees first — when the culture is right, customers will benefit. By maintaining good business practices, enabling positive leadership and investing in the company’s employees, InfoSystems is best positioned to add more value to customers.

An Evolution of Growth

1979
Clay Hales joins A & A Business Machines in Chattanooga, TN.
1979
1994
A & A Business Machines rebrands business as InfoSystems.
1994
2004 to 2007
InfoSystems is consistently ranked among CRN’s Fastest Growing Tech Companies.
2004 to 2007
2009 to 2013
InfoSystems expands coverage from Chattanooga to Knoxville, Nashville and surrounding states.
2009 to 2013
2014
The company is recognized by CompTIA Security Trustmark, ranked among CRN’s Solution provider 500 list, Tech Elite 250 and IBM Choice Awards.
2014
2016
InfoSystems is ranked among CRN’s Solution Provider 500 List for Business Technology.
2016
2017
InfoSystems designated as a top-tier, IBM Platinum Business Partner.
2017
2018
InfoSystems' founder launches APSU, Inc., a managed services provider focusing on the IBM i cloud platform.

The sales team is recognized with the prestigious Sales Excellence Award at IBM Think in Las Vegas, NV.
2018
2019
InfoSystems celebrates their 25th anniversary of delivering best-of-breed IT solutions and services to their clients.

Scott Davis is named CEO, as Clay Hales moves into his current role as President.

Led by Executive Vice President and CISO, Fred Cobb, InfoSystems launches a comprehensive cybersecurity practice,
2019
2020
InfoSystems is ranked among CRN’s Tech Elite 250, which recognizes the highest-achieving solution providers in vendor certifications.

APSU, Inc. is acquired by Tectrade, a CSI Group Company.

InfoSystems is named a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner.
2020

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