Forty Under 40: Shane Stark
Director of Operations/General Manager, Career Access Inc.
Friday, March 07, 2014 7:00 AM
Shane Stark started at Carrier Access Inc. in 2004 as employee No. 8. Now, he’s one of 50.
Mentor: Brendan Phelps, president and CEO, Carrier Access Inc.
Stark is a pretty good bowler, but he’s only bowled one 300 game – this year, that is. He’s bowled more than 25 perfect games in his lifetime, and has won two state championships through the Iowa State Bowling Association.
In that time, the company has gone from primarily selling telecom services from companies such as AT&T Inc. to now providing information technology services.
In 2004, it had about $500,000 in billed revenue. In 2013, it had roughly $5 million.
Things have changed, but Stark’s passion has remained the same.
“I’m passionate about helping customers and building solutions for customers,” he said. “Customers and employees. One thing we’ve done a really good job of at Carrier Access is taking care of customers and taking care of our employees.”
He points to the company’s low turnover rate. Twice, it has been ranked as one of the best places to work, including a No. 1 ranking in 2010.
That’s the kind of thing that can keep someone in a company for 10 years.
In the community, Stark has focused most of his involvement on organizations that help children.
A single father himself, Stark is passionate about helping children who have been less fortunate than his 9-year-old son.
Stark is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. He’s also the co-chair of the Big Shots Golf event that Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts, and the chair of Bowl For Kids’ Sake.
He also coaches sports that his son plays, including baseball, basketball and football.
“My parents were very involved with me when I was growing up,” Stark said.
“They came to all my events, no matter where they were. And I try to do the same for my boy.”
Reasons he’s a Forty:
• He helped Carrier Access grow from eight employees to 48.
• Stark helped raise nearly $15,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa through Bowl for Kids’ Sake last year.
• He helped lead a project that raised almost $10,000 for Booster Pak, a West Des Moines Schools Foundation program that serves underfed children, as part of his involvement in the West Des Moines Leadership Academy last year.
• In 2001, Stark won a Pinnacle Award at McLeodUSA, which is presented to the top 1 percent of employees for high achievement.
• “Shane is a leader in all aspects of life,” writes Marcus Pitts, senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle.
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