Brock Bukowsky (left) and Brant Bukowsky have the Midas touch when it come to webpage creation.
The Midas Touch
Turning web sites into gold is a habit for brothers and entrepreneurs Brant and Brock Bukowsky.
The brothers struck gold for the first time while studying at the University of Missouri in 1999. Brant was an undergraduate, and Brock a graduate student, both studying education. Together, they launched an online ticket brokerage to sell extra sports tickets they had. The company that grew out of their efforts, ShowMe Tickets, Inc., grew to $22 million in sales and, in 2005, made Inc. 500’s list of the five hundred fastest growing private businesses in the United States. The brothers sold the company the same year to TicketsNow.
Five years later, two additional companies they created made the Inc. 500 list. The first, Mortgage Research Center, specializes in loans for American veterans, functioning largely through its web presence. It made the Inc. 500 list in 2007. Two years later, the brothers’ third company, Plus1 Media, LLC., made the list as an online-marketing service provider.
Brant can’t pinpoint the source of their success, exactly, but he has a couple ideas. “One is luck, I think, that separates us,” Brant says. “I meet with people every day that are twice as smart as we are that struggle with success. Another thing is, we’re only going to work with great people, the best and brightest out there.”
Brant and Brock manage four offices in Columbia and have about fifty employees in other states. They keep a relaxed dress code, offer free Monday lunches and massages, and give their employees access to endless free soda. The relaxed atmosphere contributes to a “great company culture,” Brant says. “The people who actually experience success are the ones who take action,” Brant says. “A lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about their business, brainstorming, and not necessarily taking action. You definitely need to take action.”