Victoria Jaques | University Relations | 15 October 2015
Al Doan ’08, is changing the face of his community in Hamilton, Missouri, with his family-based quilting business. Doan, who graduated with a degree in information systems and a minor in political science, was recently recognized by the Small Business Association with the 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year Award, for his fast growing and successful family company, the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
As the company approaches its seven year anniversary, Doan reflected on the start-up that grew from his “Mom doing some extra work,” to involving family, friends, and now the community of which approximately 200 are employed by the quilting company. Doan not only has several Missouri Quilting Company stores and buildings based in Hamilton, but he also owns three restaurants, and a hotel/event center.