Data Management Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Farmington, Connecticut-based Data Management Inc. (DMI), a privately owned manufacturer of proprietary printed products, celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this month by honoring the values of its founder, the late Robert T. Hincks.
“He was a good man,” said his widow, Polly Hincks―with emphasis on “good”―to the nearly 60 employees, relatives and friends gathered at Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk, Conn.
“He was smart, creative and hard-working,” Polly continued. “But what really set him apart was how well he treated his employees. It didn’t matter what your job was, Bob took the time to know you personally and ask about your life.”
Good manners such as these laid the foundation for the company’s open, family-like culture and are encouraged by its current CEO, Daniel A. Hincks, the third of Bob and Polly’s four children.
“We spend the best hours of our day at work,” Dan Hincks said. “So we make it a point to love what we do and who we do it with. Over the years, that has made a heck of a difference in our ability to grow―as individuals and as a company―and stay successful.”
DMI President Brian D. Gallagher expressed his appreciation for the opportunities such a nurturing environment affords. “I look around,” he said, “and I don’t see anybody who isn’t totally invested in the financial and emotional health of the Data Management family. That is awesome.”
The festivities included a trivia contest run by Chief Financial Officer Robin Fuhrman and Marketing Manager Mary Ann Clerkin, the party organizers. Sample question: What is the median number of years of service for all current DMI employees? Answer: 8.4 years. (By contrast, the median number of years of active service nationally was 4.4 in January 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
Data Management began in 1961 with the introduction of a simplified, high-quality bookkeeping system. The company grew by developing other product lines―business checks, medical forms and gift certificates―and most recently entered the global marketplace with its innovative badges for affordable visitor management.