The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

Ken Novotny, CEO and President, CSI
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Ken Novotny, CEO and President

CSI
Oklahoma City

No. 306
2009 Revenue: $15.3 million
Three-Year Growth: 982.85%

Plenty of entrepreneurs toil over finding a business name that aptly describes what they do. For Novotny, however, it was all about name recognition. CSI, which stands for Consulting Services Inc., is not a forensics unit like the ones on TV, but Novotny, a member of Choctaw nation, says, "It's an easy conversation starter. There's CSI New York. There's CSI Miami. So we're CSI Oklahoma. Anything to differentiate yourself and make you stand out helps."