President and CEO
G-Tech Services, Inc.
When you talk to Theresa Ghafari
about what she
has achieved, she
is noticeably humble.
Yet, by any measure, her
determination, vision and sheer bravery are more than exceptional.
For someone starting a business, the barriers Theresa
faced in 1988 don't get much tougher.
After losing her
husband in Lebanon's civil war and with no English skills, Theresa
immigrated to Detroit to join her
mother and siblings with just $500 in her
pocket and two teenage sons.
Today, Theresa heads G-TECH Services, Inc., which specializes in the recruitment and placement of engineering, IT, finance and accounting professionals and has an annual turnover of $53 million.
"When my brother presented the idea to me, I was very honest and told him that I was scared to death to accept the challenge," she
But in the first six months, she
was able to generate enough income to make a living.
From that point on, G-TECH's growth has been constant.
"I worked by myself as a single woman for three years to bring the revenues up to three million dollars in the first three years.
And that's when I added my very first staff member, who is still with me today," Theresa
quickly developed a reputation for integrity and won the support of major companies, like Ford Motor Company.
"My very first customer was Ford
I'm sitting here today because I was nominated by Ford for this honor, for which I am so grateful," she says.
"One of my strengths is building relationships; I'm a firm believer in establishing solid partnerships with my clients and I cannot thank Ford
enough for their loyalty over the years."
More than once, Ford
(MSXI) has ranked G-TECH
#1 in customer satisfaction.
is really living the American Dream.
"It is amazing.
This is truly the land of opportunity," she
elder son now has two Masters degrees and works for an oil company in Texas.
younger son has a business degree and manages the Middle East operations of her
brother's architecture / engineering practice.
is rightly proud of their achievements.
elder son was asked by the CEO of his
company to name his
business role model, his
answer was "my mom."
Theresa's business advice reflects her
pragmatic approach to life.
says any ambitious entrepreneur should surround themselves with smart people.
"It is okay if they are smarter than you," she
"Listen to them.
is looking forward - G-TECH
now has three offices and 625 professionals working in 12 states, producing revenue of $53 million.
"I would love to be at $100 million.
It can be achieved," she