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September 25, 2013

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Born in Peru, 1up! grows up in Kokomo

Former photojournalist David McChesney takes web-based business global.


McChesney is able to get out of the office on company business, thanks to the human infrastructure he has built in the firm. Eight people work in Kokomo, and two employees manage several contract designers in Florida. There also are sales teams in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia.

That kind of growth has resulted in McChesney moving 1up!’s network to a facility in Indianapolis that’s also a tech home to Eli Lilly, Rolls-Royce, Monster.Com and other firms.

“1up! is a dynamic company with a dedicated staff and innovative ideas,” McChesney says, not boastfully but as a gung-ho believer in what he’s doing. “I'm proud to lead this organization into new areas of competition in the global marketplace.”

1up! now supplies “innovative Web-based content management systems,” he says, to not only newspapers, but small businesses, municipalities, non-profit organizations and companies that distribute content. The company also works with a variety of print publications that provide electronic versions.

“Many of our customers also use 1up! for electronic commerce, email and customer programming projects,” McChesney notes.

1up! doesn’t have any customers in Miami County, but there are several clients in Indiana, including newspapers in Rochester, Warsaw, Kokomo, Crawfordsville, Noblesville, New Castle, Madison and North Vernon.

Because of his business’ virtual nature, McChesney points out, customers come from all over the globe — most of the lower 48 states, Bermuda, Europe, Australia. “Word of mouth is our best advertising,” he says.

Asked what the biggest surprise about the company has been, he says it is that most people are stunned that 1up! has been able to build an international clientele “from right here in Kokomo.”

Before settling in Kokomo, McChesney’s life and career had bounced around.

Born in La Grange, Ill., he was raised in Washington, Ill., Puerto Rico and several college towns. His mother was an English teacher and librarian; his father was in the credit divisions for International Harvester and Caterpillar Tractor.

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