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Teresa Porter named Colorado Small Business Person of the Year for 2015
Teresa Porter, CEO of ISYS Technologies has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2015 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year. ISYS Technologies is a woman-owned small business that provides engineering and information technology services to federal, state, and local government entities. Headquartered in Littleton, CO, the firm serves key national customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and many other federal civilian agencies.
Porter joined ISYS Technologies in May 2002 and under her leadership re-organized the business as a Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) that targeted its services to federal, state and local government customers worldwide. She has a 30-year sales and management background in the technology industry, which includes diverse experience managing both small and large service organizations. Beginning her career in accounting/finance with the Burroughs Corporation in 1980, she quickly moved into sales and marketing roles and eventually assumed responsibilities for building, managing, and growing technology-based organizations. Since her tenure with ISYS, the organization has grown significantly into a reputable and reliable supplier to the U.S. Federal Government. ISYS’ annual revenues have expanded from less than $1 million per year to more than $22 million in 2014. In 2002 the business started with two Colorado-based employees and has since grown to more than 200 employees and subcontractors in sixteen locations across ten states.
ISYS provides services in three core areas: Infrastructure Support Services/Cyber Security, Engineering Services, and Military Operations Support. Their current customers include multiple branches of the U.S. Department of Defense; various defense and national security agencies; state and local government customers in Colorado; and several federal and civilian agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), FAA, USDA, and Department of Homeland Security(DHS).
Currently, ISYS is in a Mentor Protégé relationship with the Raytheon Company, which is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Through the Mentor Protégé Program, the Air Force provides financial support to Raytheon in exchange for mentoring ISYS, which involves providing developmental assistance in multiple capacities.
Porter is strongly committed to supporting community organizations and projects by fostering a comprehensive definition of social awareness. Leading by example, she personally provides monetary contributions to several local organizations and encourages ISYS employees to participate in programs of their choosing. Some of the programs supported by ISYS include the National Guard and Reserve, Crawford House for Homeless Veterans in Colorado Springs, Women in Homeland Security, Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors and the Denver Children’s Hospital. She encourages her employees to be active in Women in Defense (WID), a professional organization that supports mentoring and growth of women in the defense industry, and the National Defense Industrial Association, which promotes national security and is the parent organization of WID.
Because of its support to the National Guard and Reserve, the company was given the Patriotic Employer award in 2014 from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Under Ms. Porter’s leadership, ISYS Technologies has received numerous accolades in recognition of outstanding performance and customer support. In 2010, ISYS earned the distinction as SBA’s Region VIII Subcontractor of the Year. For several years running the company was named a Top 100 Colorado Women-Owned Business and one of the Top 500 Woman-Owned Companies in the nation by DiversityBusiness.com. ColoradoBiz Magazine named ISYS one of its Top 100 Denver Private Companies, and the Denver Business Journal named it a Top 20 Women-Owned Company. Teresa Porter is proud of her work at ISYS Technologies, and is grateful for being named the SBA’s Colorado Small Business Person of the Year for 2015.