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No. 5: Clear Touch Interactive
Year Founded: 2012
Founders: Keone and Tamara Trask
Headquarters location: Greenville
Number of employees (start): 3
Number of employees (present): 36
Headquartered in Greenville, Clear Touch Interactive provides large, fully integrated, easy-to-use interactive panels and displays that promote collaborative participation. Its panels feature 20 simultaneous points of touch, nine data ports (including Snowflake and EasiConnect), multiple custom connectivity apps, device mirroring, and wireless connectivity. Its interactive displays can be implemented in both businesses and classrooms. Each display comes with a large package of optional software applications. High quality, low maintenance — that’s the Clear Touch difference.
What are the keys to your company’s rapid growth?
Keone Trask (president and founder): A dedicated team and product innovation — the two go hand in hand. Your team members must believe in what they do, sell, and support. And they need quality products to stand behind. We believe that there are gaps in what the market offers and strive to fill those gaps. Our success has been due to being in the industry, listening to customers (and experiencing many of the same frustrations ourselves), and working on products that can fulfill those needs.
What’s in store for your company?
Our team has been working on multiple product innovations and testing new products for release in 2019. We came into 2018 with a vision of what the exact products and features we wanted to further develop were and have been taking steps on a global level to set the team up for success with further development, rigorous testing, and production/distribution planning.
This year has really been focused on setting up a family of products and developing the internal support and company structure to further propel the company for growth in the future. In Q1 2019, the goal is to have a strong launch of these product items and look forward to our first-of-the-year trade shows so we can reveal our hard work to our customers and resellers.
What are your firm’s biggest challenges and how do you plan to overcome them?
With our rapid growth comes the need for expanding our physical footprint from the service and logistics side. A lot of data, trends, and planning comes into selecting key cities for distribution, sales, and service centers. This becomes even more challenging, albeit exciting, as we consider strategic expansion and partnership and alliance opportunities overseas.