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Capital Region Business Beat: Craig Skevington

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YNN is proud to launch a new segment: Capital Region Business Beat. Our Jon Dougherty will showcase local companies and their unique stories. In this inaugural segment, we meet a local CEO in charge of seven successful companies.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- "People think of starting a business as an event or a career. To me, it's just a lifestyle," said CEO Craig Skevington.

Skevington is the man behind seven successful companies around the Capital Region.

Skevington started his journey 27 years ago in July 1986 with his first company, Fact. It helped manage production on factory floors. Now, it's public and known as Synquest.

Skevington is no longer associated with the company, but he would follow that with the start of six more companies.

Three out of Skevington's four active companies are all under one roof in Saratoga Springs: UltrAgility, a document management company; ptSource, a communication resource for healthcare companies; and Fixt, an IT company offering 24-hour support.

When it comes to life and business, Skevington has been to the top of the world. He just celebrated his 60th birthday in early November by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He compared the tough trek to his professional experience.

"I've got to get to the summit, which is sort of your long term plan. You short term plan is, 'can I get another step out of what I'm doing?' It's the same thing with the business," said Skevington.

Skevington said not one of the seven companies are the same, but the risk involved is the one common factor among all of them.

"You can have the best day of your life, half hour later it turns into the worst day of your life. I've had that happen to me, several times," Skevington said.

Currently, Skevington's four active companies employ about 30 people.

He's been honored with a number of awards including the 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology for Upstate New York and a few of his companies have been part of Inc. Magazine's 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

However, for the man who just reached the peak of one of the world's tallest mountains, he said he's not finished yet.

Skevington said, "Kilimanjaro was a huge amount of effort. You're not going to do that if you're not passionate about it. I'm just looking for the next passion. I'm always looking for that, always."

That mindset could become his eighth company. Skevington will be one of more than 75 local business professionals taking part in the Business Opportunities to Success Summit, or BOSS. It's an event where potential entrepreneurs can hear from some of the most powerful and successful business minds in the region.

It's scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. For more information head to www.BOSS518.com.

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