The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top 10 Black-Run Companies

Magdalah Silva, DMS International
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Magdalah Silva, CEO, DMS International, No. 191

At the age of five, Magdalah Silva and her family traveled from Port-au-Prince, Haiti to the United States for her father’s job with the state department. In her new school, her “complicated” name and French accent made her feel insecure and removed from the other children. In 1994, Silva and her husband Daniel founded DMS International, which provides IT services to government and commercial clients. One of the biggest challenges for Silva is “trying not to bring work home.” She adds, “We have not been successful at that yet” but a shared vision and understanding of our roles within the company really helps.