The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

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Royce Cornelison, CEO and President

P & C Construction
Chattanooga

No. 1621
2009 Revenue: $19.8 million
Three-Year Growth: 176.91%

Born into Alabama's Echota Cherokee tribe, Cornelison has used the success of his business to work on assistance programs with Native American organizations, but the bulk of the construction company's corporate responsibility program is devoted to helping local schools and the environment. "We gave out warehouse space for architects and builders to bring scrap building material here and allowed schools to come in and get it for free," Cornelison says. "Kept it out of the landfill."