Imavex Looks Back and Moves Forward Part 1: Built With A Belief In Each Other

Imavex Looks Back and Moves Forward Part 1: Built With A Belief In Each Other

Posted on February 24, 2018
It was first a hunch, then a nudge, and ultimately a leap they made together. In 2001, Steve Burzynski and Gerald Stanley followed their instinct and started Imavex, their start-up company with a funny sounding name, that now 17 years later is growing and moving into its next chapter.

In 2000 Gerald Stanley, a new grad from Taylor University, began his first job as a programmer at Whittman Hart, a technology consulting firm that at its peak boasted a market capitalization of $4.47 billion. Steve was a consultant on the company’s collaborative computing side, and assigned as Gerald’s mentor. The paths had officially joined as this multi-decade relationship formed and continues.

“When I first met Steve, I would describe him as that happy, free spirited guy in the office,” accounts Gerald. “Anyone who met and worked with Steve knew he loved people and mostly helping them.” Ask Steve about his first introduction to Gerald and he laughs, “Gerald was the young technologist that everyone asked if I could get to slow down. It was hard to keep him busy because he was always getting things done so quickly and well, that wasn’t good for billing.” Steve added that’s what was so impressive early on with Gerald, his talent and bandwidth were awesome.

The two worked in a mentor/mentee capacity during their tenure with Whittman Hart. With very different personalities and skill sets, they had a synergy that was naturally complementary to one another. In addition to their professional attributes, they were also both believers, and shared a common ground in faith. That shared faith continues to be foundational for both Steve and Gerald. Their roles at Whittman Hart eventually led them to different places, and laid off. In Gerald’s words, “Steve and I kept in touch after leaving Whittman Hart. It was a conversation when Steve just said hey, what do you think about starting something up together? At this point I was out of work and was pretty much a matter of hey, I’ll work for food!” Steve and Gerald both had a great pulse on technology and knew there was opportunity in the custom web software/development and design space. They began reaching out to work on projects with interactive media, flash and macromedia animations.

Steve explained, “In those early weeks we would figure out how to make it work. We believed in our abilities and each other, we just had to find the right project to give us that lift.” One of the first Imavex client projects was building a password protected website for a church. This custom web development likeness in projects continued, and soon a big project win with NUCOR Steel helped Imavex push into its first busy season.

​The work had arrived, and soon would the challenges. Both Steve and Gerald committed to building a business they believed could be something great and the challenges of those first few years are what make sharing this story now so rewarding.
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