Doug Bates, president of CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta, was named CMIT Franchisee of the Year at the CMIT Solutions annual conference in Miami.

“Doug is an extraordinary individual. His strengths go beyond business… as a person, as a friend, a family man and a mentor, he’s someone we can all look up to,” said Jeff Connally, president and CEO of Austin, Texas-based CMIT Solutions. “Doug has had an incredible past 12 months and we see that continuing for him. He has ingrained his business into the fabric of the local business community in Fayette and Coweta counties.” The CMIT Solutions home office completed comprehensive assessments prior to deciding which office would win the award.

Bates has led CMIT Solutions of Fayette/Coweta County to the top of the CMIT Solutions franchise system in nearly every category the company tracks to determine the award winner, including client satisfaction, retention, revenue growth and the number of client devices managed. He has also risen to the occasion several times to support other CMIT Solutions franchisees with problem solving and mentorship. “I am out of words to describe how good this award feels. It is a testament to hard work and represents a total group effort. I work with a great team who buys into what we are trying to achieve,” said Bates, who, before opening his CMIT Solutions business, spent more than 20 years in corporate America. “I am proof that transitioning into entrepreneurship after a career in corporate America is not only possible, but offers opportunities and successes that go beyond what was possible as a corporate executive.”

CMIT Solutions was also the winner of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Small Business of the year, and was the winner of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award in the “growth” category.

CMIT offers managed IT and technology service to small and medium businesses. CMIT Solutions takes care of tech support by offering strategic advice, technological expertise and the kind of insight and partnership you can only get from a trusted advisor.

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