ISHPI CEO Wins National SBA Small Business Award
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – July 19, 2013 – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that Noah Leask, a service-disabled Navy veteran and president of Mount Pleasant-based cyber operations firm ISHPI, is the first runner-up 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year. Leask and his wife Lisa, a fellow Navy veteran, started ISHPI out of their home in September 2006. Today, ISHPI has 140 employees and facilities in Virginia, DC, and San Antonio, in addition to its Mount Pleasant international headquarters. Notable clients include the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Central Command and the Joint IED Defeat Organization.
In April, the SBA named Leask the 2013 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Previously, SBA had honored Leask as the 2009 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year for both South Carolina and the southeast for his mentorship of fellow veterans pursuing entrepreneurship. Leask continues to support veteran entrepreneurs through the ISHPI Warrior Program. ISHPI’s additional community outreach efforts include programs in support of the disabled, Native American youth and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Leask was nominated for the Small Business Person of the Year award by Linda Blanton, a consultant with the Small Business Development Center in North Charleston.
For more information on 2013 National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.