“I love the technology,” says James Magnotta. “That’s where I keep educating myself.” Whether it’s taking six hours during the workweek to learn a CAD program cold, doing Internet product shopping for clients, or figuring out how to market his company via a business card-sized writeable CD disk, Magnotta pushes his tech know-how.

Magnotta says his employees love working for him because they’re encouraged to put their families first. He shows them how it’s done: He took the CAD course during the day so he could spend evenings at home. The company owner emphasizes life-long education for his employees.