Business Journal: As Niall hits its time for growth, co-founder brings on outside CEO

Niall's explosive growth spurred CEO and co-founder Michael Wilson to do some soul searching and ask a tough question for any entrepreneur: Am I the right leader to run a company like this and take it to the next level?

"It's a tough thing for an entrepreneur to say, 'Maybe I'm not the right person to be the CEO of the company at this stage,'" Wilson told the Kansas City Business Journal."It's probably one of the hardest decisions an entrepreneur can make, recommending to your board, your investors and yourself that you need somebody else to run this company."

But the luxury watchmaker is a different company now, the young entrepreneur said. In six months, its employee base has grown from two to 12, and revenue has skyrocketed by 400 percent.

So Wilson handed off his CEO title to Mark Mazzarese, who most recently was co-president of Leawood-based Mazzarese Jewelry. Mazzarese, who joined the family business fresh out of college in 1995, said he was ready for a new challenge and a new endeavor; the family business had achieved national renown, racking up plenty of accolades.

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