NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In October 1991, Darrell S. Freeman started a computer services company that today has grown into one of the largest information technology services companies based in Tennessee. As Zycron celebrates its 20th anniversary in the IT industry, the company is hitting milestones for the first time ever.
This year, Zycron reached 300 employees and was one of only four Tennessee-based businesses to appear in Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100s, an annual list of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses. That’s a far cry from 1992 when his former vice president Vincent Windrow answered the “office phone” from his college dorm room, or when the two of them shared a 150-square foot office the size of a closet.
“I am humbled and very grateful to each Zycron team member who has worked hard to carry out a vision that began 20 years ago,” said Freeman, Zycron founder and executive chairman. “Together, along with our invaluable client partnerships, we have positioned this company as a sustainable industry leader.”
So where is Zycron headed today?
“Thanks to our executive chairman’s leadership, the service of our dedicated employees and our client partnerships, Zycron was able to not only survive but thrive during the recent recession,” said Stephanie Woodard-Majors, chief operations officer at Zycron. “In the last four years, Zycron revenues have doubled and we are on track to top $36 million at the end of the year.”
Zycron’s growth is driven by expansion into new geographic regions and new service markets. Today the company has offices in five major U.S. cities and has a growing international presence. New corporate divisions such as health IT and expanded state and local government work have also contributed to the steady growth.
But it’s not all work at Zycron.
“Since the beginning, there has been a constant thread throughout Zycron’s culture to commit to excellence, provide outstanding customer service, give back and have fun,” Woodard-Majors said.
“We strive to maintain the elements that keep us grounded and preserve our culture. This year we will celebrate our 14th annual turkey giveaway where our team donates hundreds of turkeys to our neighbors for Thanksgiving. Such donations and contributions to non-profits were important to Zycron in the beginning and they still are today.”
Next up for Zycron is getting the organization to $100 million in revenue.
Two areas will lead the way: Zycron’s growing IT governance practice – an essential part of Zycron’s technology strategy – and Zycron Latin America, which is a testament to the company’s international vision.
“We have secured the highest caliber of talent at Zycron to propel us to the next level,” Zycron President and CEO Steven Howard Smith said. “Our IT Governance Director Larry Wilson has more than 35 years of experience in project management and has garnered national recognition for his work. We will continue to invest in our people by adding sales and recruiting talent across the nation to tell and sell the Zycron story.”
Check out Zycron through the years by visiting our online company time line.