Josiah Chappell, The 30

Josiah Chappell, B.B.A.’13

Josiah Chappell knows how to move small businesses in the right direction. Upon graduating from WMU, he joined Genius Phone Repair, a burgeoning company that was on the verge of tremendous growth. The business went from four retail locations to 18 in just three years. Chappell, who started out as marketing coordinator, eventually took the helm as vice president of marketing, overseeing purchasing and data analytics.

Chappell transitioned to a new small business role in 2017. As a director for Tech Defenders—a company that helps schools and businesses maximize the value of their aged and obsolete technology—he oversees pricing, reporting and a procurement department responsible for more than $20 million in annual spending. Chappell looks forward to helping the company sustain its growth while building a top-notch culture for employees.

  • Small Business Superstar

    Tech Defenders
  • Best advice:

    It’s not always about what you learn, it’s about who you learn from. Networking is everything!
  • Favorite Kalamazoo attraction:

    Bell’s Brewery

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