Mike Barton, COO
Mike Barton is Chief Operating Officer and one of the founders of NextGen. In 1997 he turned an idea into a reality and quickly developed a multi-million dollar enterprise. Since its inception, Mike has built the business on long standing partnerships based on integrity, communication and innovation. It was Mike’s entrepreneurial spirit and business sense, coupled with his background in Information Technology that catalyzed the company to become nationally recognized and one of St. Louis’ premier IT staffing and recruiting firms. Mike has a strong background in information technology with more than 20 years of experience, primarily in the aerospace and telecommunications industries.
NextGen has seen a continual expansion rate of 35 percent each year and is poised to reach the $80 million mark. In 2002, the COO developed 2 additional divisions of the company. Although more than 80 percent of its business is in temporary IT staffing, NextGen's continued growth has come from targeted offerings, including Direct Hire Services, which provides permanent placement, and Project Services, which works to put together a team to fulfill a client's project-based needs. Both Direct Hire and Project Services enjoyed an initial 75 percent growth rate in 2004. Since then, NextGen has grown to include more than 300+ consultants, nationwide, and a presence in more than 35 states.
"Our clients had asked us to step up and be flexible and help them with their other staffing needs," Mike, said of the company's move to launch the Direct Hire and Project Services Divisions. “Today, we continue to grow, change and expand our capabilities to meet our client’s changing business demands and requirements.”
Mike grew up in St. Louis and holds an A.A.S. degree in Computer Science from John Wood Community College and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. Employed early on at McDonnell Douglas and Southwestern Bell, Mike has worked in Information Technology throughout his professional career.
An avid outdoorsman, you may find Mike enjoying his favorite past times of hunting and fishing. He and his beautiful wife, Joy, live and enjoy their home in St. Louis.