While working as a full-time police officer in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sean Mars dealt daily with inefficient and headache-inducing methods for writing up and filing public safety incident reports. Mars, who also has a coding background, was determined to find a better way. That’s how Report Exec was born.
Mars coded the program during his off hours from the police station, responding to his and his fellow officers’ frustrations with the incident reporting program and the need for a better solution. Report Exec officially launched in 1995 (known then as as Competitive Edge Software).
Since then, the company has grown exponentially, recording 27 percent growth overall in 2016 alone, and counting 1,200 customers worldwide. Recently, company leaders announced plans to move into a new building to accommodate this growth. While the building may be new to Report Exec, it’s a building Mars is very familiar with: the former Oak Creek Police Department, where he began his law enforcement career.
“Sean’s career began in Oak Creek as a police officer, so being able to bring this business into the city where it all started really just made a lot of sense,” said Nick Kehoe, president of Report Exec. “Returning to this building means everything to him.”
To help with the expansion, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded the company up to $170,000 in state tax credits over the next three years. Report Exec plans to create 30 new jobs during that time, and the actual amount of tax credits the company receives is contingent upon the actual number of jobs created.