Top 10 American Indian Entrepreneurs
Brandon Clark, President and CEO
2010 Revenue: $6.11 million
Three-Year Growth: 314%
Brandon Clark, a descendant of the Choctaw tribe, gets most of his business savvy from his parents, who have spent the last 35 years owning and operating Oklahoma's largest weekly newspaper, The Friday Newspaper. Clark's parents constantly took responsibility for whatever the newspaper published, so when Clark launched his company RFIP, which designs and constructs outdoor wireless systems for utility and energy markets, Clark decided he would trust his employees to take responsibility for their business decisions. "We've got such talented people, and they understand the problems we're facing," he says. "As a result, the company as a whole is very nimble in how we adapt to the different markets and changes in the economy."