The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

Jim Williamson, CEO, New West Technologies
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Jim Williamson, CEO

New West Technologies
Greenwood Village, CO

No. 437
2009 Revenue: $29.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 687.32%

As a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe of North Dakota, Williamson has been active in encouraging young people in the American Indian community to pursue careers in math and science. Through his technical and management services company, Williamson sponsors competitions for American Indian students. "Science and math have always been a big part of Native American culture. If you go back to the Mayan calendars, they were actually quite advanced astronomers," he says. "But right now only 1 percent of Indian students go to college, and only 1 percent of that 1 percent go into engineering."