Ken McBride founded Professional Business Products on August 1, 1984. The original location was on Howard Avenue in Mullens, West Virginia. Initially PBP opened as an office supply business and was also the Xerox Sales Agent for the Wyoming county area. After a two year stint in Mullens, PBP moved its location to Pineville, West Virginia and became responsible for McDowell and Raleigh counties as Xerox Agents and continued to market office supplies to the Southern WV market. From 1988 to 1991 Xerox added nine counties to Professional Business Products territory, ( Logan, Boone, Mingo, Greenbrier, Summers, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas and Monroe). In 1998 PBP again expanded, adding 4 counties in Eastern, Kentucky to it sales territory, (Pike, Johnson, Floyd and Martin). In 2002 PBP also became an Authorized Xerox Dealer which expanded both product offerings and pricing flexibilities it could offer its customers.
When Xerox expanded PBP territory 2 major decisions were made. The first was to move the business to Beckley, West Virginia. The second was to liquidate the office supply part of the business and to concentrate solely on the marketing of Xerox equipment. Fire destroyed the Neville Street office in the winter of 2008 and PBP was relocated to its currant location at 1454 Robert C. Byrd Drive in Crab Orchard, West Virginia.
PBP has been a 6 time “Xerox President Club” award winner for outstanding sales results. Ken McBride, President of PBP, attributes the continued success to the longevity of the staff. “We have been very fortunate, for the most part, in our ability to retain what has been a highly qualified and very dedicated staff. My staff knows this business as well, or in some cases, better than I do. That makes my job as manager much easier. Just get out of the way and let them do their job. We are very blessed.”
2008 brought additional expansion to PBP with the addition of Davd J. Fondale who is responsible for network connectivity and dealer equipment service. “Being able to offer our customers a document management solution, not just a box to make copies, it became critical for us to continue servicing our current customers as well as grow our market share. We look forward to continued prosperity as we serve the business equipment needs of Southern West Virginia states Ken McBride, President of PBP.
2013 PBP added Braxton County, West Virginia. 2015 showed the addition of Mercer County, West Virginia.