The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Latino and Hispanic-Run Companies

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Michael Cabrera, CEO, C&I Engineering, No. 102

Michael Cabrera was born on an Indian reservation in Toppenish, Wash.; his parents were migrant farm workers from Mexico. The second of eight children, Cabrera had to work in the fields to help support his family. Later, he put himself through college and received a degree in electrical engineering. After 20 years of working in the industry, Cabrera decided to branch out on his own and started C&I Engineering in 1999.