It’s difficult to escape your upbringing. On the other hand, if you’re Jackson Davis why would you want to? Jackson will tell you he grew up with parents who put a large emphasis on helping others. That message didn’t fall on deaf ears. Jackson became a true Boy Scout. Jackson is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. And now he’s taken that caring to his work life with TwelveX, the business he co-founded with Brandon Schmidt.
After receiving a B.S. degree in General Business from the University of Missouri in 1975 Jackson launched his naval career. He was Chief Engineer and Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer in the United States Navy. There are few jobs that help someone develop personal discipline as much as the military. Jackson’s ability to learn and apply that discipline to business provides TwelveX with a monumental business advantage.
Following his years in the Navy and his Honorable Discharge, Jackson joined his father in the family business, Darling Envelope Corporation. During 22 years of service, Jackson initiated the company’s first 401K program and led the MIS re-engineering prototype team (while contributing over $1.5 million dollars per year to the company’s sales volume). In fact, he signed Hallmark Cards to a first ever single source envelope contract and gained selection as certified Hallmark vendor.
With his cousin Bert Darling as President and Jackson as EVP, Darling Envelope was named one of Kansas City’s Top Ten Small Businesses in 1996. In July of 2001, Jackson founded Great Plains Direct, Inc. a data service provider to the Direct Marketing industry and the precursor to TwelveX. Throughout his career, clients have valued Jackson as some who recognizes their needs and provides proactive solutions. His peers constantly refer him.
Jackson is a valued volunteer in multiple professional and community groups. His current efforts are with the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association (past president, active member), KCDMA Educational Foundation Board and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (Big Brother to Nathan, Bowl-for-Kids-Sake team captain). He was selected as the 2018 Bob Stone Direct Marketer of the Year.
Jackson and his wife Mary Ellen have practiced a lot of teamwork in the 38 years they’ve been married. They have successfully raised four children with all four graduating from college. Their oldest son has received advanced and continuing education in the United States Marine Corps in addition to earning a BS in Management. Jackson and Mary Ellen have demonstrated the importance of passing on the message of caring to their own four children. His youngest son was recognized by the U.S Congress for his over 300 hours of community service in high school.