The Freshman Class Of ’97

This year's neophytes include an operator of convenience stores, a technical services contractorand a former football pro turned sausage magnate

stores. “Depending on the performance of the first two outlets we anticipate adding as many as 10 such outlets each year,” says Corley, who still has an appetite for Burger King franchises–and deals.

Joining the big leagues
A total of 16 new companies, including Fair Oaks Farms, Convenience Corp. of America and Social & Scientific Systems, are making their debut on the 1997 BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICES 100. While some of the companies have been in existence for several years, 1996 was the year they broke new ground and, in some cases, earned record profits, enabling them to join the elite ranks of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. The following is a brief summary of the 13 newcomers along with their rankings.

IntelliSys Technology Corp., Fairfax, Virginia, No. 51
CEO Reginald English leads this computer services firm, created in 1983, which provides network management and technical support services to federal and state government agencies and to various commercial enterprises. IntelliSys has a staff of 35.

Urban Organization Inc., Miami, No. 85
This general contracting and construction management concern was created in 1990 and is headed by CEO Jacque E. Thermilus. Urban Organization, which had sales of $26.5 million last year, provides general contracting, engineering and constructing management services primarily to government agencies. The company participated in the building of the equestrain venue of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Dynamic Concepts Inc., Washington, D. C., No. 95
With a staff of 450, this telecommunications support/optical imaging and facilities management firm is already one of the larger employers on the list. The firm, which was created in 1979, is headed by CEO Pedro Alfonso, a graduate of the federal 8(a) program and provides specialized functions including telecommunications transmission and fiber optic equipment and services to its customers base.

Universal Systems & Technology Inc. (Unitech), Fairfax, Virginia, No. 96
This aviator and engineering services company is headed by CEO Earl Stafford. With a staff of 162, it was created in 1988 and had scales of over $22 million in 1996.

GB Tech Inc., Houston, No. 98
CEO Gale E. Burkett heads this science and engineering firm, which has a staff of 350. Started in 1986, the company builds space platforms, space flight hardware and remote sensing equipment. GB Tech was listed as one of Houston’s fastest growing companies from 1991-94.

Barden Companies Inc., Detroit, No. 18
Don Barden heads this Motor City firm that boasts a staff of 1,450. The radio broadcasting/real estate development company had impressive sales of over $93 million last year and branched out into casino gaming in Gary, Indiana, last June. Barden International, Inc. also opened an office last February in Namibia, Africa. That office converts General Motors cars and trucks from left-hand to right-hand drive and also does light assembly.

Sayers Computer Source, Chicago, No. 26
This computer hardware and software supplier, which had $7
0 million last year, has been headed by CEO Gale Sayers since 1982.
Reliant Industries Inc., Bedford Park, Illinois, No. 30
With sales of $62 million last year, this manufacturer of fasteners for the auto industry is headed by William M. Buford

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