Leader Communications, Inc.
After high school, Michael Lyles, a Sacramento native, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent 21 years mastering the skills of radio operations and systems management. He worked his way through the ranks as shift supervisor, training manager, and work center supervisor in a variety of radio facilities before he took these experiences to the Air Force Communications Command in 1991. Over the next 6 years, his job titles reflected his work to gradually consolidate high power, high frequency radio systems throughout the world. His work changed the shape of the USAF High Frequency Global Communications Systems; in his first 2 years, he saved the Air Force almost $15 million.
When Lyles retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in June 1998, the Air Force was still interested in benefiting from his leadership while he worked as a consultant with a Government contractor. After three months with the company, Lyles realized that a smaller, more efficient company could provide the Government with better products, better people, at a better price.
He formed the Information Technology Company and, 3 months later, he incorporated Leader Communications, Inc. (LCI) in California. Today, LCI is headquartered in a 21,000 square foot facility in Oklahoma City and supports Government agencies in information technology and business services.
In eleven years, Lyles has transformed his one-man information technology company into a workforce of almost 200 employees, supporting customers around the world. In 2009, LCI graduated from the 8(a) program, having benefited for nine years from the advice and assistance provided by the SBA.
While in the 8(a) program, customers included the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency, Army National Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, General Services Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, Indian Health Services, and several large prime contractors providing services to the named Government organizations.
In spite of difficult economic times, LCI expects to finish 2010 with a record number of new contract wins.