Chattanooga Data Security Startup Resource 1 Accomplishes 100 Percent Growth In 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Alexis Hedges, Business Development director, and Chuck McDonald, president and CEO of Resource 1 Tier 3 Data Security
Alexis Hedges, Business Development director, and Chuck McDonald, president and CEO of Resource 1 Tier 3 Data Security
- photo by Jamy Bock

Resource 1, specializing in secure data destruction, is celebrating a record 2017 since beginning their mission in mid-2015. Growing demand, regional expansion and thought leadership serve as primary drivers of success for the Chattanooga startup, said officials. 

To date this year, Resource 1 achieved national certification in the field of Physical Computer Hard Drive Destruction in a mobile platform from the National Association of Information Destruction, has successfully broadened its regional and national reach, and has added enterprise-class clients such as Atlantic Capital Bank, UNUM, EPB, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Conversant Technologies, Chambliss Law, Miller Martin Law, DraexlMaier, Mike Collins and Associates, Galen Medical Group, US Express, Komatsu, Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital, Erlanger, and Mohawk Industries. 

Originally founded in 2007, today the company specializes in the emerging end-of-life IT asset security field. Under founding CEO Chuck McDonald’s direction, the company has reached double-digit growth in 2017, and currently provides the most unique and secure end-of-life IT data security solutions in the Southeast, said officials. 

“Too often, enterprise-class IT directors are not aware of the risks involved in trying to achieve a return on investment for the retired IT assets, but fail to realize that they are exposing themselves to tremendous breach risks by not considering the data-bearing devices residing in the assets,” said Mr. McDonald. 

Resource 1 recently acquired a larger facility at 2401 Vance Avenue in Ridgedale, consolidated its IT Asset Recycling and Secure Data Destruction operations, and finished construction of its new corporate offices. The new facility houses both Resource 1’s offices as well as its subsidiary, Cerium IT Asset Recycling. 

Their mission statement, ‘Clients trust us, partners rely on us, individuals depend on us’ is the mantra of the company which extends from the secure data destruction aspects to protecting the environment. Through the company’s commitment to the environment, and its efforts to sustainably and responsibly recycle retired IT assets, Resource 1 is also an early innovator to the Chattanooga EPB’s Solar Share Community Project, which further supports the environmental commitment that is a core focus of both Resource 1 and Cerium’s mission.  

Mr. McDonal said, “2017 has easily been my favorite year since starting Resource 1. We’ve challenged ourselves and accomplished epic growth but more important than the measurable metrics are the people - The incredible clients we have gotten to work with and our team.”   

Resource 1 Tier 3 Data Security has plans for continuing to increase awareness on the importance of secure data destruction and responsible recycling practices – in Chattanooga and across the Southeast region as a whole. 




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