Web Solutions CEO and Founder Tom Barton was recently profiled in the Fall 2015 issue of Quinnipiac Magazine. The article chronicles his journey from finance student to Internet entrepreneur and successful business owner.
After graduating from Quinnipiac in 1995 with a degree in finance, Barton traveled to Romania with a fellow student with the intention of helping him create a business plan for a new real estate company in his home country. Instead, the two ended up starting a business in Bucharest.
During the course of running that business, Barton and his partner hired a technologically savvy employee who helped awaken Barton to the potential of the Internet. Barton had first used the Internet at Quinnipiac, but it took traveling halfway around the world for him to truly understand the excitement of being able to connect to things that were thousands of miles away. “It was a very powerful concept, and I immediately grasped how it would change the way business communication and marketing would work,” Barton said.
From that revelation was born Meriden, CT-based Web Solutions, which Barton conceived as a full-service digital marketing agency that would help companies develop and understand their online strategies.
In the two decades since its founding, Web Solutions has experienced annual average growth in the double digits and completed three acquisitions. The team—which Barton describes as a “passionate, creative group of people”—collaborates to serve hundreds of diverse clients.