Home-Grown Success Story: Taylorsville Natives At Xima Software
Jan 09, 2015 12:31PM
● Published by Tom Haraldsen
What do 70 percent of employees at one of Utah’s fastest-growing companies have in common? A Taylorsville connection.
Xima Software, headquartered in South Jordan, was not only started by two brothers in the basement of their parent’s home in Taylorsville, today it also boasts having 21 of its 30 employees as being from the city and/or graduates of Taylorsville High School. And the company’s success and its employee mixture are not coincidental.
“When Nate and Mike Thacker started the company, they ran it out of their parents’ basement and began to hire friends,” said Jared Olsen, director of operations for Xima and himself a 2003 graduate of THS. “As the company has grown, we’ve continued to hire many who’ve graduated from Taylorsville High.”
Xima Software, a leading manufacturer of customized call history, call reporting, call recording and call center software, has enjoyed explosive growth in the past few years. This year, the company was ranked fifth-fastest growing by Mountain West Capital Network and 23rd best place to work in Utah by Utah Business Magazine. It is also featured in the January 2015 issue of Forbes Magazine.
Olsen said the company’s three main departments—development, sales and support—are each staffed with a majority of Taylorsville High graduates. Many, he said, learned foreign languages while serving LDS Church missions, which has made them a valuable asset to Xima.
“We all had some computer and technology backgrounds, starting with some of the classes we took at Eisenhower Jr. High and continuing right through high school,” he said. “A couple of us were Technology Sterling Scholars, and some of us worked together at TVTV (Taylorsville High’s TV program). That’s helped us with developing some marketing videos and commercials.”
Xima has aggressively developed Chronicall software, a reporting suite that takes customers just a few minutes to install. It shows the details of every event that happened on a call instead of just a vague summary, reporting on users, groups and trunks without a licensing headache, according to the Xima website. The company recently relocated to South Jordan after being headquartered in Layton.