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Helping his father build dump trucks from an early age, Robert Roy understands the need to take risks when times get tough. His drive to build the safest possible highway safety truck set new standards for work zone vehicle safety across the U.S. and Canada. Roy founded his firm in 1986 to provide something that, prior to Royal Truck & Equipment, didn’t exist: very high-quality used trucks at affordable prices. Then, in 1992, he charted a new course for the family business with his wife Pam to manufacture Traffic Control and Truck Mounted Attenuator (TMA) crash trucks.

“I’m excited to celebrate Robert’s achievements and the support he received from the U.S. Small Business Administration to make his entrepreneurial dreams a reality,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian. “He has taken his dedication and hard work, backed by SBA programs and our partners to create innovative products that help keep workers safe, create jobs and help drive the... Read More

Nick Gilson is Founder and CEO of Gilson Snowboard & Ski Co., a manufacturer of snowboards and skis located in Winfield, Pa. A 2011 graduate from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences, he attributes his motivation for starting his company to the middle school students taught in Nashville. Inspired by the design of catamarans, he created the first prototype of his snowboard in his father's boat building workshop when he was just 14.

Gilson Snowboard & Ski Co. designs and builds snowboards and skis that enhance riders experience on the mountain. While other snowboards and skis are flat on the bottom, Gilson’s feature a three-dimensional profile that fundamentally changes how its surface interacts with snow. Protected by three patents, Gilson's designs are described by riders and industry experts as the most advanced and playful snowboards and skis in the world.

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President Monica Ann Gould, MBA, CMC of JAMA Enterprises DBA Strategic Consulting Partners (SCP) parlayed her leadership and strategic thinking skills as a former executive at MCI Telecommunications and Whirlpool Corporation to create her own business. SCP is a full scope management consulting firm that works with clients to increase organizational capacity through strategic planning, organizational development, operations assessments, leadership development, staff training and coaching.

“SBA’s programs enable businesses to adapt and overcome challenges and that is how SCP approaches business challenges,” said Gould. “The word ‘can't’ is not something we use often at SCP – if we do we must follow-up with an alternative. I encourage our team to think outside the box to create new paradigms and develop realistic and practical solutions our clients can embrace and implement. This innovation and creativity is seen daily in the delivery of our work to SCP’s clients.”

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Ocean Eye, Inc. (OEI) is a veteran-owned corporation formed in 2005. The company provides commercial diving equipment, services, training and repairs to the professional diving community to construct and repair piers, bridges, dams, and dock facilities on the East Coast. Key OEI customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the FBI, engineering companies, public safety entities and commercial construction corporations.

Chris Gabel, the firm’s founder and president, has been diving since 1988 and salvage diving since 1995. He has participated in both public-safety diving and commercial diving. He has extensive firsthand experience in the industry as well as a long diverse background in technology. The company originated from Gabel's experiences in the U.S. Navy and his relationships with rescue, commercial and military divers. Ocean Eye, Inc. is certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as a Veteran-Owned Small Business.

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