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On Topic: Area Executives Share What Has Been Driving Growth at Their Companies

Leaders at Comstock Resources, The Container Store, and Zix recap how their businesses grew in 2021.
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Jake Mayers

“If you aren’t getting better each day, you’re getting worse,” almost every coach I ever had growing up told me. The days I spent relaxing and stagnant I failed to recognize the sentiment of the statement, but today I comprehend it more than ever. Each day is an opportunity for growth and a chance to realize potential.

And in 2021, businesses across DFW continued to prosper and tap into new realms of possibilities. In our January issue, we asked executives from Comstock Resources, The Container Store, and Zix to tell us how exactly their companies grew over the past 12 months. Here’s what they had to say:

Jay Allison

Chairman and CEO, Comstock Resources


“Comstock more than doubled its size through the merger with Covey Park Energy, which provided us with decades of low-cost inventory. Also, refinancing our balance sheet has lowered cost of capital, allowing significant free cash flow generation to deleverage the balance sheet. Looking ahead, the recent improvement in natural gas prices puts Comstock on track to deliver strong returns to shareholders while continuing to meet our growth targets.”

Melissa Collins

Chief Marketing Officer, The Container Store


“Although the past year has been challenging for the entire retail category, it has also been a triumphant year for The Container Store. We established a new brand partnership with the queen of tidying, Marie Kondo, and we also enhanced our e-commerce business by providing a new payment option through Afterpay and a new delivery option through Instacart. These are just a few of the accomplishments happening across our organization.”

David Wagner

President and CEO, Zix and AppRiver


“Adding cloud backup to our portfolio of products for our partners and customers is driving growth. These days, ransomware is such a big problem for small businesses, so we’re pleased to be able to offer a best-in-class solution to provide real protection from the bad actors. In just six months, we added more than 100 partners to the solution, and we have increased cloud backup sales by more than 50 percent.”