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17 Local Small Business Owners graduated from SBA Executive Training!

Release Date: 
Monday, December 6, 2021
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EULESS – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Dallas/Fort Worth District Director Herbert Austin and Deputy District Director Elsie Collins honored 17 small business owners during the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program virtual graduation held in November.

This is the 12th year the SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office has offered this executive-level training. The intense program provided more than 100 plus hours of professional specialized training and peer-to-peer, CEO mentoring interaction delivered over a course of seven-months. This advanced training assisted these executives with strategic planning to sustain business growth. The Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program is provided at no cost to the participants and focuses on small companies in Dallas/Fort Worth and surrounding areas that have the potential for rapid expansion and job creation. The firms had to have an operational track record of three years in business and sales between $250,000- $10 million to gain entrance into the program.

“The Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program is designed to help small business owners scale their businesses and maintain success, which ultimately create jobs and help our local economies” said Herbert Austin, SBA’s DFW District Director. “This year’s class was very diverse in industries and demographics and we are proud of their accomplishment”.

Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program has trained over 5,000 small business owners nationally, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts.


The 2021 Dallas/Fort Worth District Emerging Leader Executive Training Program Graduates


Christy Alexander, Owner, 5- Star Therapy

Juan Araiza, President, Araiza Foods Company

Demetria Bivens, Managing Member, dlb Consultants LLC

Thomas Deason, Owner, Cozy-D Heating & A/C LLC
Cedar Hill

Pablo Figueroa, General Manager, Bella Luna Hall

Victor Garcia, CEO, Sol Dias, LLC
Fort Worth

Murat Gulver, CEO, Voice Data Security

Tomie Hodge, President, Red Bird Cleaning Services, LLC

Raymon Howington, CEO, CRM Evangelist LLC

Trey Hugley, President, Genesis Resources

Prince Maliyil, President, Crystal Images, Inc

Karyn Martin, President & CEO, Interprise

Ramesh Ramadas, CEO, Liberty Steel Inc

Ebbah Realzola, CEO, MEXZIM Corporation

Keith Robinson, CEO, KBR Commercial Building Services, LLC

Abdiel Ruiz, President, Ruiz Financial Solutions
Cedar Hill

Contact Ahmad Goree  for photos of the graduates and interview opportunities.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit