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October 16th, 2007 - Heidi Rambo Centrella

James C. Tedrow, 37



President, The Compliance Resource Group Inc.

James Tedrow, 37, credits his father with being the most influential in both his professional career and his life away from work.

 

"Throughout my childhood, he instilled in me several characteristics, which have been instrumental to any professional success I have enjoyed to this point," he says. "In particular, a strong work ethic, an understanding of teamwork, a willingness to take calculated risks and a strong Christian value system."

 

Tedrow created and developed The Compliance Resource Group and CRG Laboratories, which was designed as a state-of-the-art, drug-testing lab and set the standard in the Oklahoma City market by providing lab-based drug test results to employers within two hours of collection.

 

CRG Laboratories now is the largest division of The Compliance Resource Group Inc.

 

At the end of the day, however, he says his greatest lesson learned is that expansion is a risky business.

 

"The willingness to expand your business during prosperous times is essential to dynamic growth, however you must be prepared for growing pains you haven't experienced since initial startup - or latest expansion," he said.

 

While not at the office, Tedrow volunteers as head coach of a seventh and eighth grade football team, which, he says, provides him the opportunity to work with young men at a very formidable age in an environment he is passionate about.

 

"I feel that as a coach I have been able to positively influence the life of several young men by working to instill perseverance, teamwork and a sincere desire for success," he says.

 

Tedrow also partners with BirthChoice of Oklahoma to provide free drug testing services for clientele receiving assistance during pregnancy.

 

He received his bachelor's degree in medical technology from Wichita State University.

 

 
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