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Michael Tipton

Colorado Springs, CO

INDUSTRY: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
BUSINESS: INTEGRITY COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS
YEAR FOUNDED: 2009
PROGRAM: 2014 EMERGING LEADERS DENVER
“If you as a small business are smart enough to embrace the adversity that exists you will be a better business person. You will be a better human being for it.”
BUSINESS OVERVIEW
Integrity Communications Solutions was founded by three military veterans with satellite communications experience. The business, true to the roots of its founders, principally works with the Department of Defense on satellite communications. Their emphasis is on understanding, identifying, and solving problems related to satellite communications, as well as training personnel on how to manage satellite communication systems. Since launching in 2009, Integrity has grown to 23 employees, with six multi-million dollar government contracts. In 2016, annual revenue grew to $32M.

TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS
In 2009, soon after Michael and his partners launched Integrity, Integrity was sued and spent three and a half years, and $2 million, to settle the dispute. Looking back at those three years, with stagnant growth and his own personal finances at stake, Michael doesn’t wish his experience on anyone. What he does say is that embracing “that particular speed bump in the road forged through fire this relationship at the company level.”

Michael named his business Integrity to instill trust and credibility in the company. He had a clear idea of what success looks like for him: “I believe if you take care of your country, your customer, and your employees, everything else will fall in line.”

The only way Michael has succeeded as a business owner is through working as a team, whether with his cofounders, or with the entire staff. “There’s no chance on this planet that I would be here by myself. It is through the actions of my employees.”

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