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

Maria Vogt
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Maria Vogt, CEO

Ayuda Management
Broomfield, Colorado

No. 22
2009 Revenue: $20.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 7,443.8%

Vogt (left) was born in the United States, but she comes from an Ecuadorian family of entrepreneurs. Her father grew his aerospace business here into a $200 million company, and Vogt caught the entrepreneurial spirit working there for nine years while attending college at night. She later founded Ayuda Management, a general contractor that provides environmental engineering and remediation service for government clients, in 2002. The company is 100 percent woman-owned, with her partner Sonia Youngerberg (right).