Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs

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Paul Lombardi, President and CEO

TeraThink Corporation
Reston, Va.

No. 919
2010 Revenue: $15.19
Three-Year Growth: 331%

Paul Lombardi (pictured standing fifth from the right) grew up learning the importance of hard work. His mother, aunts, uncles, and grandparents all lived in an extremely impoverished packing district in Oklahoma, populated by many other members of his Choctaw tribe. "The lessons [my mother] learned were imposed on me and provided me with an ethic of diligence and hard work," Lombardi says. He espouses these same principles at TeraThink, his IT management consulting firm. "This culmination of ethics and diligence have enabled us to effectively serve our customers."