Fulfilling her lifelong love of science, Payal Tak journeyed from her native India in the mid 1980s to continue her education in the United States. The life sciences soon gave way to computer science earning Tak academic degrees in Computer Science and in Telecommunications Systems Management.
Tak began climbing the career ladder in the information technology industry where she undertook several challenging assignments and was recognized for her significant contributions and leadership skills.
She led a highly successful user acceptance test of a multi-million dollar telecommunications billing system that is in use in national and international telecommunications markets today. Her next career climb was an assignment that placed her in the heart of the fast-paced commercial telecommunications industry where she led several projects.
Recognizing her ability for effective customer service and management, Tak established Telesis Corporation in September 1998 to provide information technology services to the federal government and commercial industry. The corporation provides services in the areas of call center solutions, records management, document processing, software and systems development and network engineering. The company’s main goal is to surpass customer expectations with outstanding services which led to Telesis Corporation’s tag line ... Where We Exceed Expectations!®.
In 2005, Tak was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Person of the Year for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
By repeatedly delivering upon the promise of its tag line, Telesis Corporation has become one of the fastest growing U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Program and HUBZone Certified and woman-owned small businesses in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. In addition, Pak’s commitment to the success of the SBA’s HUBZone program has been reflected in the corporation’s success in having created over 150 jobs in the HUBZones of the United States.
In 2006, Telesis was rated the 146th fastest growing privately held company in the United States by Inc. Magazine and was selected as the top diversity owned business and top small business in Maryland by Diversitybusiness.com in 2004-2006.
From humble beginnings in 1998, Telesis Corporation has grown to over $22 million in revenue in 2006. Tak is committed to creating professional growth opportunities for women and minorities in the work place.
Dan Nanigian, president of Massachusetts-based NANMAC Corporation, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2010 National Exporter of the Year according to an announcement made by Karen Mills, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
After winning the state and regional awards, Nanigian’s information was sent for National competition where he was also named the National Small Business Exporter of the Year.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who own and operate a business engaged in exporting. Nominations are evaluated on several criteria, including: (1) Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. (2) Creative overseas marketing strategies. (3) Effective solutions to export-related problems and (4) Voluntary assistance with other firms engaged in exporting.
Dan accepted the award during ceremonies in celebration of the National Small Business Week in Washington D.C. A guest of the White House, He spoke briefly to President Obama, acknowledging the President’s export initiative, and the commitment of NANMAC to help achieve the goal of a 50 percent increase in exports over the next five years. In accepting the award, Nanigian said, “I’m honored that NANMAC is being recognized for its performance, both in the quality of product and in our persistence to continually improve within our industry, and that which is manufacturing in the United States.”
Nanmac designs and manufactures temperature sensors and related products and services to automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, plastics, energy and electronics companies in the U.S. and thirty other countries. Learn more at http://www.nanmac.com.
Amy Frey’s international trade consulting business, ATC International, Inc., of Silver Spring, Md., began in 1991 with boomerangs. And her business has been booming ever since. Her dream of a career in international trade began as a child when her father would return from foreign trips with a gift of a doll dressed in native attire. But instead of dreaming of a doll house, Frey dreamed of a warehouse.
In college and graduate school Frey studied international business. After graduation, Frey was offered a job in Australia identifying companies to receive government grants and assistance for exporting.
As Frey was preparing to leave Australia in 1990, several companies impressed with her skills suggested she provide consulting services upon her return to the U.S.
That suggestion led Frey to start ATC International. The company began in a small bedroom with a fax machine. “The fax would ring in the middle of the night (which was the middle of the day in Australia) and I would lie awake wondering if I should get up and read it,” Frey said.
Although Frey had an educational background in business and professional experience in exporting, she knew that even the most successful entrepreneur needs assistance. In 2000, Frey turned to SBA’s resource partner SCORE—Counselors to America’s Small Business—for advice. Frey worked with Washington, D.C., chapter counselor Ann Dobbs, a former partner with a supermarket chain, who provided help with employee relations, legal issues, insurance and banking. “Being able to share my concerns and questions with Ann has been enormously valuable,” said Frey.
Frey’s success was recognized in 2004 when she was named the Exporter of the Year for the Washington metropolitan area by the U.S. Business Administration. Today, ATC offers U.S.-based warehousing and business management services that are designed specifically to make doing business in the U.S. easier domestically and internationally. ATC, which has warehouses on both the East and West Coast, distributes a wide variety of consumer products