Greater Pee Dee Business Journal November/December 2011 : Page 19

BY TERRY WARD PHOTOGRAPH SUPPLIED part of it. It is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been involved with.” As for Campbell, he can speak from a point of entre-preneurship knowledge. He was an original investor in a software company officially founded in 1978, when a majority of the population had no idea how prevalent the personal computer would become. Campbell continues to serve as chairman of the board for that company. Florence’s ACS Technologies Group, Inc., is the largest software company in the world that is dedicated exclusively to serve churches and religious organizations. It serves more than 50,000 clients. Because of his success, Campbell says he feels it is important to try and help others succeed. “No matter what you aspire to be you need to find a source that will teach you, and inspire you. I feel this book will offer a great resource that gives an outline of what it takes to succeed. The stories are all different, just like so many people are different. While they are different, so many of the same things motivate each one of them. Those forces are universal from one generation to the next. This book is a legacy from one generation of entrepreneurs to the next. That makes the book appealing to young and old alike. Each story details the struggles, the fortune and the drama that leads to mastery in business.” Campbell says. Campbell says another reason to publish a book on the importance of creating a successful endeavor is the transi-tion in the economic landscape. “Corporate America has changed. If you are thinking of taking the entrepreneurial plunge, it is important to know what it takes to be success-ful. And having the ability to clearly differentiate yourself from your competition is the key to long-term survival as an entrepreneur. We need to encourage our young entre-preneurs to start businesses, because they have so much potential for strengthening the economy,” Campbell says. In addition to ACS, Campbell was a successful agency manager for State Farm Insurance Company for 40 years. He developed a district for State Farm that ranged from the state line at Little River, S.C. and covered all the way the state’s other boundary at Savannah, Ga. Campbell has never Billy Campbell been one to be singularly focused. He has developed and sold real estate – both commercial and residential – and has been active in civic and political spheres in Florence. Campbell’s family came to Florence in the 1800s. He was born in Florence and went to school there. Aside from his formal education in Florence’s public schools, Campbell took a trip to the West Coast in 1946. The six-week adven-ture took place before his senior year in high school. He says the journey contained all the excitement of Hollywood and widened his view of the world. The trip made a lasting impression on him. Campbell comprised a list of goals many years ago, and one of his most rewarding accomplishments is his family – his wife Betty and children Scotty, Paige and Melissa. They have seven grandchildren, too. With his success, Campbell has been sought by many companies to serve on their board. He is also an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, a past member of the Jaycees, past president of the Lions Club and a past member of the Sertoma and Exchange Clubs. Campbell alsoserved on Florence City Council. GPD BJ NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011 GREATER PEE DEE BUSINESS JOURNAL | 19

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