Huntsville, AL CEO Kimberly C. Lewis of PROJECTXYZ, Inc. was recently named a 2020 College of Business Fellow of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). This distinction is granted each year to the winner of the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership Award presented at the Small Business Awards event hosted by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
As part of her responsibilities associated with the appointment, Lewis will work with the University to help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders and meet with student groups within the college to help them better understand the challenges and rewards of growing a business.Lewis founded PROJECTXYZ in 2002 as a minority-owned, woman-owned small business and successfully graduated from the US Small Business Administration’s 8(a) government contracting program. Today, PROJECTXYZ is a mature small business committed to excellence in engineering, logistics, programmatic, manufacturing and alternative energy solutions for customers around the world.
The company’s customer base includes not only US Army but organizations from the Missile Defense Agency, US Marine Corps, major Department of Defense Fortune 500 companies, automotive suppliers, and businesses which require television broadcasting and advertising services.
Recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US, PROJECTXYZ is projected to double their workforce at the end of 2020 through growth and diversification. An award winning small business, PROJECTXYZ is a recipient of the US Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Blue Ribbon award, a four time recipient of the Inc. 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US, a recipient of the Department of Defense (DoD) Nunn Perry Mentor Protégé award, and a past recipient of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award. Prior to starting PROJECTXYZ, Lewis served in several management and leadership roles where she managed technology implementations and IT projects for Fortune 500 healthcare companies.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Lewis made history as the first African American woman appointed to serve as Board Chair of the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce. As a role model, leader, and community advocate, Ms. Lewis serves on numerous boards and actively supports non-profit and business organizations to include HEALS, Inc., Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC), the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT), Women in Defense (WID), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA).###