Top Black Entrepreneurs of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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Phillip Walker, Founder and CEO

Network Solutions Provider
El Segundo, Calif.

No. 376
2011 Revenue: $6.1 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,001%

Phillip Walker founded Network Solutions Provider, which ranked No. 297 on the 2011 Inc. 5000 list, in 2005. The company acts as a telecommunications or IT integrator—bringing all the different aspects of telecommunications together. Knowing that Network Solutions Provider will never be able to beat other competitors in marketing and advertising, Walker focuses on service and cutting IT costs for customers. "I created a company not only to sell products, but to fill in the gaps as well," he says.