Faris Alami has been a serial entrepreneur for almost as long as he could count money. He started his own T-shirt business as a teen and now runs Integration Systems Management in Madison Heights.
“I have always had a business since I was 18,” Alami says.
Integration Systems Management specializes in marketing, information security and cultural/diversity training and services to small and mid-sized companies. It went from just Alami two years ago to 12 people today including independent contractors. The firm is also looking into starting an internship program.
ISS has expanded its client list to 12 firms, helping boost its revenue by 30 percent in the last year. Alami hopes to add a few more clients and hire a few more people in 2009 to help his growing company.
“We have done more work in October and November than all year last year,” Alami says.
And that business is coming almost entirely from referrals. It’s prompting Integration Systems Management to look at opening an office in downtown Detroit.
“All three areas (in marketing, information security and cultural/diversity training) are growing,” Alami says. “They haven’t gone down yet. I am looking forward to 2009.”
Source: Faris Alami, president and CEO of Integration Systems Management
Writer: Jon Zemke