In Town: Mark Nix, master electrician and owner/operator of Sage Electrical Services LLC, has been an electrician and small business owner for the past 20 years. The Nixa, Mo., based business specializes in industrial and commercial electrical services with a strong emphasis on customer service. Mark said that customer service is, “paramount in creating lasting customer relations.” In addition to customer service, Mark has expanded his business to offer electrical expertise ranging from high voltage troubleshooting and repair to microprocessor based controls and communication such as Ethernet and fiber optic construction. “In the future, I look forward to minor expansions as our customer base grows and current customers continue to trust their needs to us,” Mark explained.
In addition to the business, Mark is also taking the time to pursue an electrical engineering degree at Missouri State University. He is quick to admit that pursuing his degree and running a business and a farm would not be possible without the help of his great and dependable employees along with the help of his son Aaron and wife, Racine.
In the Country: The Nix family own 4N Ranch in Galena, Mo., a 320-acre plot along the James River. Here, they run close to 50 head of Angus plus a few cows that they cross with black Simmental bulls. Since Racine has an affinity for Braunvieh ribeyes they also run a few Braunvieh cows as well. The Nix’s also produce their own cool and warm season hay.
Mark and Racine enjoy training and hunting their kennel full of field bred English Springer Spaniels. They are members of the Missouri Hunting Spaniel Club (MHSC). Twice a year 4N Ranch hosts, along with the MHSC, the AKC Hunt Test for Flushing Dogs.
Mark and Racine are also active members of their church where Mark serves in the van ministry, transporting children to and from church activities.
How do you balance it all?
“Start every day by giving God what is his,” Mark said. “Then, prioritize the rest of the day the best you can. No day is perfect. All you can do is get started the next day if given the opportunity. Tomorrow is not ours, but a gift.”