The 2010 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Latino- and Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga
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Michael Evangelista-Ysasaga, CEO

The Penna Group
Fort Worth

No. 13
2009 Revenue: $15.5 million
Three-Year Growth: 9,524.7%

Evangelista-Ysasaga's mother is a Mexican immigrant, and his father comes from a Spanish Basque family that can trace their New World roots back to 1506. Evangelista-Ysasaga started a general contracting firm at just 18 years old to pay his way through college. While practicing law for 12 years, he developed a specialty for construction law and used that knowledge to start The Penna Group, which manages construction projects for government and military customers.