» 5 Steve Tanner, CEO, DCPRO Powercom, Inc. »
In 1999, Steve Tanner left the company he helped grow to venture out on his own.
This emerging entrepreneur knew he'd found his path to success when the owner of his former company offered to buy his startup after he'd attracted the business of a $1 million a year former client.
career at age 19, Tanner
went on to open his
own business at 30.
"It was really opportunistic more than anything," he
"I saw an entry point and I felt I could operate a business on my own.
After I made the decision to move forward, it was just a matter of determination and hard work."
Like many other emerging enterprises, Tanner's
company has seen its share of ups and downs.
grew the company from $1 million to $10 million very quickly in the first two years of operations, then hit rock bottom in 2005 at just under $1 million in revenue when the telecom industry was in upheaval.
always believed he
could come back - and he
Someone else believed in him, too.
mom was his
first employee and backer, and still works with him and retains a stake in the company.
"At Bat" Song?
"Back In Black" by ACDC.