Then his son introduced him to a magazine called Waste Age.
"I read an article that said Wayne Huizenga (owner of Miami Dolphins) had bought a document shredding business," Stevens said. "And I said, 'Gee if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me.'"
So he started JM Stevens Services in Naples, which was one of the first on-site document shredding businesses in Collier and Lee counties. He did pretty good business, starting with about a dozen clients the first year and moving up to about 300 within seven years.
But it has been the last three years that Stevens' business has picked up.
"I added at least 200 or better clients in the last three years," Stevens said.
The reason for his client increase is recent federal laws designed to protect patient privacy rights, prevent identity thefts and preserve confidentiality of credit transactions. The laws increased the document handling requirements put on financial institutions that handle confidential information.
There is everything to like about this story--- small-town boy makes good, a new industry born of the need for privacy, and even a plug for keeping old data secure through destruction.