The U.S. Small Business Administration has named ECPI University employment partner Noah Leask the 2013 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Leask is president and chief executive officer of ISHPI Information Technologies, Inc., a cyber-defense business that provides counter-terrorism and cyber warfare services to the U.S. intelligence, security and military communities.
Leask, a service-disabled U.S. Navy veteran, and his wife and fellow Navy veteran, Lisa, started the company out of their home in September 2006. A member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Leask called the business ISHPI, a Chippewa word that means “move forward,” which is exactly what he did. By 2008, the company had landed several multi-year defense contracts and closed the year with just under $2 million in revenue.
By the end of 2012, ISHPI had doubled its revenues over the prior year and garnered multiple business honors. The company currently has 109 employees with facilities in Suffolk and Alexandria, Virginia, and San Antonio, Texas in addition to its Mount Pleasant, South Carolina headquarters.
The company is also dedicated to community service. It has four major community service programs: the Exceptional People Program, supporting programs for the developmentally disabled; Warrior Program, providing mentorship services to veterans and active duty service members; Native American Pride Program, offering undergraduate scholarships to members of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe; and the Save Second Base Program, supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.