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

Marcell Haywood, Dirt Pros EVS
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Marcell Haywood, CEO, Dirt Pros EVS, No. 232

You might not recognize Marcell Haywood but you’ve likely seen his company’s work. Dirt Pros EVS provides custodial, facilities and maintenance service to customers that include airports, office buildings, colleges, and restaurants. At the age of 22, Haywood co-founded the company with Antwuan Dixon, a member of his Florida State University basketball team. Haywood says that he and Dixon were separated from their partying peers because they “had a deliberate work ethic and wanted to build something of our own as opposed to climbing the corporate ladder.”