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Intelect Makes Inc. 5000 List Again in 2013

Baltimore, MD – October 4th, 2013 – Inc. Magazine has ranked Baltimore-based Intelect Corporation No. 40 among Top 100 Engineering Companies in the United States, and, No. 2867 overall on the Inc. 5000 list for 2013. The annual list ranks 5000 of the fastest-growing private companies in America and provides additional rankings for these companies by industry and location. The median growth rate of Inc. 5000 companies in 2013 is an impressive 119 percent, creating an estimated 520,000 jobs and $241 billion in aggregate revenue over the past three years.

Intelect Corporation is a premier provider of technology for infrastructure in the USA. For almost two decades, Intelect has provided innovative solutions to solve simple and complex problems for its Clients. “Our services are second to none,” said Rohit Patel, CEO. “We work at the highest quality, safety, and professional levels to provide the best value and create a win-win for all. We are pleased to be recognized again by the industry for the growth of our business and our team; while remaining focused on our customers’ needs, the changes in the economy, innovation, innovation, innovation, and planning for our future.”

For 32 years, Inc. Magazine has celebrated the fastest-growing private companies in America. To be honored this year is a particularly notable achievement. To rank among the 2013 Inc. 5000, Intelect Corporation had to thrive through three of the toughest years this economy has seen in living memory. The success of the business is testimony to our team’s creativity, resilience, and tenacity.

As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Intelect shares a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, and other notable alumni. The class of 2013 added such powerhouses as Restoration Hardware, LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements and CDW.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at

About Intelect Corporation

Intelect Corporation was founded in Baltimore in 1995, by Rohit H. Patel. Intelect engineers, implements, and maintains technology for infrastructure. Intelect is nationally recognized for its service and projects winning multiple awards for work in telecommunications, cellular, homeland security, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), information technology (IT), and electrical fields. For more information please visit

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About Inc.

Founded in 1979 Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit This annual listing, compiled by the nationally recognized monthly publication devoted to entrepreneurialism, represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

Five questions with Rohit Patel

Intelect Corp. founder and CEO on the company’s growth

July 07, 2013 | By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

You might not have heard of Intelect Corp., but you can hear FM radio in Baltimore’s Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels thanks to the company’s engineering.

Rohit H. Patel started the Baltimore technology firm in 1995 after working for the Maryland Transit Administration, the state’s Department of General Services and Westinghouse. Once headquartered in his bedroom, it’s now a 68-person company that produced more than $24 million in revenue last year, up from $13 million the year before.

He chatted with The Baltimore Sun recently about his company’s growth, the difficulties that come with success and his favorite destinations.

How did your company increase revenues so quickly last year — and without a sales force?

What happens is, our clients refer us to other clients. We start with a small project and they give us a bigger project. …

The staff at Intelect Corp. takes great pride in our ability to consistently deliver innovative products and services. … I believe that this work ethic, high levels of service and teamwork has led to client loyalty and them sending us increasingly larger projects to take on. In effect, each Intelect employee has become our best and most important part of our sales process.

Give us a taste of what the company does. What project are you particularly proud of and why?

Intelect Corp. engineers, implements and maintains technology for infrastructure systems. We do this for wired and wireless telecommunications, homeland security, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), information technology (IT), and electrical systems. …

Our systems have led to improved efficiencies in the field and have saved some of our clients millions of dollars and countless number of hours in the implementation of technology. … Furthermore, we are proud that all of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA. And that all of our software development and hardware are also sourced and manufactured within the USA.

What challenges do you foresee as you try to continue your growth trajectory?

Our primary challenge as we continue to grow is not to lose the “beginner’s mentality.” That is, to always remember what got us our early successes.

Providing the consistent level of personal and excellent customer service using the best available products is a common problem that expanding businesses face, and so we remain diligent in offering creative solutions with the same one-on-one services that made us what we are today — of course, the process was a lot easier when we were a 50-person company.

It has become increasingly more challenging to provide the same intimate approach as our client base grows. Fortunately, our positive in-house employee culture encourages each employee to change, adapt and strive to provide the same high level of service we have always been known for.

In the 18-plus years we have been in business, growth had at times stressed us financially, presented us with a myriad of human resource issues, and required us to reinvent our operations and processes many times over. … We approach hurdles with the same problem-solving enthusiasm “on and off the field.” Intelect has always worked hard for growth, and we have fun doing it.

No doubt your years in transportation were invaluable when you started your business, but how have some of your other varied experiences helped you navigate life as an entrepreneur?

The experiences I gained as a young man working in a variety of jobs truly helped shape who I am today. In my earlier days, I worked everywhere from a convenience store as a stock clerk, designing and manufacturing T-shirts and selling spices, to working as an engineer and consultant to private industry and government entities.

Needless to say, starting up several successful entrepreneurial ventures taught me an immense amount about the industry and myself and helps me navigate my life on a daily basis. I have also been lucky to have incredible people in my life, including my family, friends, clients and vendors, who have shaped who I am and directed my journey in life. I am a very fortunate man because of it.

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve traveled?

I am a travel enthusiast and love exploring the world, so this question is definitely a hard one! I am continuously inspired and fascinated by the things I see during my travels, but the ones that stand out in particular include Victoria Falls in Africa, the Vatican during a trip to Europe, the people and rich cultures of India and China, boating down the Amazon in Brazil, and my favorite city in the U.S. of A, Baltimore.

Original article: Five questions with Rohit Patel

Intelect Corporation among ICIC and FORTUNE’s Inner City 100 Winners

May 29, 2013

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that Intelect Corporation (Rank #93) was selected for the 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the U.S. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city companies and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Intelect Corporation provides engineering, implementation, and maintenance solutions for telecommunications, intelligent transportation systems, video surveillance, information technology, and electrical systems. The company has seen a 135.3% increase in revenue over the past five years and is projected to continue its rate of growth.

The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Awards on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Awards marked the Inner City 100 program’s 15th year and launched a formal alumni network of Inner City 100 winners. Preceding the Awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small business Symposium featuring business management case studies presented by Harvard Business School professors and peer-to-peer learning sessions led by CEOs of fast-growing firms. Keynote speakers included Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter; Tim Westergren, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Pandora Media; Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle; and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President and CEO of Chobani.

The Inner City 100 list provides unmatched original data on the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S. In the last 15 years, 750 unique companies have earned positions on the Inner City 100, collectively generating more than $2.1 billion in annual revenues and creating over 76,000 new jobs. Chevron Corporation, Staples and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are long-time sponsors of the program.

For the 2013 list, winners represent a wide span of geography, operating in 48 cities and 27 states. The 2013 Inner City 100 winners grew at a compound annual growth rate of 36 percent and an average standard growth rate of 411 percent between 2007 and 2011. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 10,391 employees and have created more than 5,863 new jobs between 2007 and 2011. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, but they also help grow their employees with 56%+ provide onsite training programs.

“We are excited to celebrate inner city businesses like Intelect Corporation whose success stories are not told nearly enough,” said Mary Kay Leonard, ICIC President and CEO. “These entrepreneurs are driving economic forces in America’s urban cores, growing their communities along with their businesses.”

Inner City 100 Sponsors:
Chevron Corporation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and Staples Inc.

Intelect Corporation
Intelect Corporation was founded in Baltimore in 1995, by Rohit H. Patel. Intelect engineers, implements, and maintains technology for infrastructure. Intelect is a nationally recognized and won multiple awards for projects in the telecommunications, cellular, homeland security, Intelligent Transportation Systems, IT, and electrical fields. Some of the awards include:

“National Leadership Award” by Staples Corporation and ICIC 2012- Watch the video at; “Fastest 100 Growing Urban Businesses in America” by Harvard University, Professor Michael Porter, & Fortune Magazine 2012, 2013; “Voltage Award Finalist” Leadership in Innovation and Technology – Large Company category, 2013; “Inc. 500/5000” Americas Fastest Growing Companies by Inc. Magazine 2011; “50 fastest growing Technology companies in Maryland” 2008 Deloitte; “Entrepreneur of the Year – Software and Technology” 2007 Regional Winner by Ernst and Young; Multi-year awards 1996-2013: “Top 100 CEOs”, “Future 50”, “Business & Community Achievement Award” – Bridging the Gap, “Top Technology Companies” by SmartCEO Magazine, “Fastest Growing Companies”, “Largest Minority Owned Companies”, “40 Under 40” by the Baltimore Business Journal.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
ICIC is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC expands inner city economies by providing comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. The list is proof of the concept that doing business in an inner city area holds a distinct competitive advantage. ICIC has been studying the economic condition of the largest 100 American cities for more than a decade and is working to revitalize inner cities across the country.

Original article: Intelect Corporation among ICIC and FORTUNE’s Inner City 100 Winners

How Fast-Growth Inner City Companies Succeed

These three tactics help the fastest-growing inner city companies stay ahead of the pack.

Here’s how Rohit Patel describes inner city Baltimore: “When I moved into the city sixteen years ago it was run down, but it had a vibrancy to it. You could tell, even sixteen years ago, that there was a change coming.”

Patel is CEO of Baltimore’s Intelect Corporation. He located his small growing business in inner city Baltimore because he had a vision of the community that few others could see. Now his business is one of the fastest growing in urban America.

Each year, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) compiles a list of the 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S., recognizing the critical role they play in urban communities as both employers and community builders. The 2012 Inner City 100 is packed full of innovative businesses such as Intelect (#96) that are not only energizing their communities by generating dollars and jobs, but are growing at outstanding rates.

Hailing from 46 cities in 30 states, the Inner City 100 have average revenues of $15.3 million and an average 5-year compound annual growth rate of 39%. But a recent survey revealed that fast growth is not the only thing these companies have in common.

Here are three tactics – applicable to any growing small business – that contributed to these inspiring success stories:

Gain experience with smaller ideas.

These business owners moved up the learning curve when their businesses were still small. This is not their first rodeo. Some 38% of the Inner City 100 CEOs are serial entrepreneurs, and 69% already had experience in their industry. These entrepreneurs started small and learned about their market and its needs before scaling their business models.

Giuliana Maravelle, founder and CEO of New Haven-based Gelato Giuliana (#22) owns a gelato shop frequented by local Yale University students. When one student lamented that he would miss her gelato upon graduation, Giuliana saw an opportunity to expand into distribution. Gelato Giuliana is now a 24-person gelato manufacturing company with distribution across much of the Northeast U.S.

Kevin O’Brien, CEO of Austin-based (#38) was once owned a doggy daycare. His company now facilitates the movement of pets and animals worldwide, from cats to poison dart frogs. Kevin’s small business start helped him give his company a local feel and a heightened focus on the customer, which he thought was greatly lacking in the industry.

Take overwhelmingly good care of your employees

A whopping 96% of Inner City 100 winners offer health insurance, showing that businesses can grow without compromising competitive benefits for employees. In addition, 70% of the winners offer professional development and 40% offer tuition reimbursement.

Will Reynolds, CEO of SEER Interactive (#25), left his job at a large firm because his boss would not allow him to leave work a little early to volunteer at a local hospital. Now, after founding his own company in Philadelphia, Will makes it a priority to invest in his own workers: through outside training, through employee development, and through community service opportunities.

CEO Rob Miller developed MMO University, a professional certification program for employees and other healthcare workers in its Baton Rogue community. His company, MMO Behavioral Health Systems (#81), also makes sure to help its employees acquire their own certifications.

Oakland-based Revolution Foods (#2) is growing at a 5-year compounded annual growth rate of 144%, and is setting a new standard in the food industry by offering profit sharing to its employees. An impressive 30% of the Inner City 100 winners offer this benefit.

Use social media and networks to reach your customers

The Inner City 100 companies are driving business and connecting with potential customers through multiple channels. Ninety-five percent of the Inner City 100 companies use social media. Of those, 74% use Facebook, 68% use Twitter and a surprising 40% have their own blog.

Orbit Media Studios of Chicago (#45) uses its company blog to offer advice to the world (including current and potential clients) on Web strategy, usability and design. Andy Crestodina, Orbit’s co-founder and strategic director, uses blog posts and tweets to be more publicly visible and accessible than a big-company executive could easily be.

Chicago-based Coyote Logistics (#1), uses social media to reinforce its “work hard, play hard” philosophy. Twitpics show the company’s hockey team holding up a championship banner, and the company’s Facebook page shows its activities at a recent university career fair.

Mary Duggan, Amanda Maher and Alex Rodriguez contributed to this article.

Original article: How Fast-Growth Inner City Companies Succeed

Rohit H. Patel was awarded the Bridging the Gap Achievement Award

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Rohit H. Patel was awarded the Bridging the Gap Achievement Award

The Greater Baltimore Committee today announced 27 finalists for the 2011 Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards. This annual awards program recognizes outstanding minority- and women-owned businesses and majority-owned businesses that partner with them.

The 2011 GBC Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards event will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, 101 W. Fayette Street, in downtown Baltimore.

The 2011 finalists are:

Aegis Mechanical Corp., Woodlawn, MD
Allstate Floors & Construction, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Amoorer, Inc., Bowie, MD
Audacious Inquiry, Catonsville, MD
Beacon Associates, Inc., Bel Air, MD
BEMO Corp., Baltimore, MD
BithGroup, Baltimore, MD
Butler & Associates, Baltimore, MD
C. Jones Trucking, LLC, Aberdeen, MD
Commercial Interiors, Inc., Hanover, MD
The Cordish Companies, Baltimore, MD
Cosmos Air Purification & Environmental Systems, Inc., Landover, MD
Ekistics, LLC, Baltimore, MD
Harris- Krupfer Architects, Baltimore, MD
Integrity Title & Escrow Co., Owings Mills, MD
Intelect Corporation, Baltimore, MD
InterGroup Services, Baltimore, MD
K&K Adams, Inc., Baltimore, MD
L&J Waste Recycling, LLC, Baltimore, MD
Laisar Management Group, LLC, Silver Spring, MD
M. Luis Construction, Baltimore, MD
Meridan Management Group. Inc., Baltimore, MD
MyCity4Her, Baltimore, MD
Navarro & Wright Consulting Engineering, Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD
Walker Benefit Services, Glyndon, MD

“In order for Maryland’s business community to reach its full potential, all businesses must be engaged and thriving,” says GBC President & CEO Donald C. Fry, “These motivated, successful minority and women entrepreneurs and partners exemplify the kind of private-sector achievement that drives our economy.”

At the November 17 awards event, award winners will be named in three categories: outstanding minority and women-owned business achievement; majority-owned businesses that have demonstrated leadership in inclusive business practices; and partnerships or strategic alliances that generate new business opportunities for minority or women-owned businesses.

A President’s Award will also be given for tireless work and advocacy for the advancement of minority and women-owned businesses in the Greater Baltimore region.

Sponsors of the Bridging the Gap Awards event are: Gold Sponsors Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, PNC Bank, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Bronze Sponsors Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Maryland Hospital Association, Saul Ewing LLP, and University of Maryland Medical System.

Media sponsors are The Baltimore Times and the Daily Record.

For more information about the GBC’s Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards or year-round activities associated with the Bridging the Gap initiative, please contact Jay Hutchins at 410-727-2820 or

Baltimore’s Intelect Corporation Named the 2012 Inner City 100 Staples Diversity Leadership Award Winner

Founder and CEO Rohit Patel Honored for his Entrepreneurial Leadership and Commitment to Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunity for Inner City Residents

Press Release: Staples – 6 hours ago


Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities, together with Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS – News), today announced Baltimore-based Intelect Corporation as the 2012 Inner City 100 Staples Diversity Leadership Award Winner. The award is presented to a company featured on the Inner City 100 list that has made the greatest impact on its community through quality job creation for the inner city’s diverse residents and underrepresented populations. The Inner City 100 list, produced by ICIC and Fortune, is a ranking of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the U.S. Staples presented the award to Intelect at the Inner City 100 Awards Dinner held on May 9th at the Sheraton Boston.

Founded in 1995 by chief executive officer Rohit Patel, Intelect Corporation is a one-stop shop for solutions in telecommunications, cellular, intelligent transportation, IT, video surveillance and electrical systems. Patel started Intelect Corporation in an abandoned broom factory in Baltimore and the company now employs more than 112 workers of which nearly sixty percent live in the inner city. Nominated by the Baltimore Development Corporation, this is the company’s first appearance on the Inner City 100. The company reported 2010 revenues of more than $13 million and a five-year compound annual growth rate of eleven percent. In 2007, Patel was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and was honored as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Baltimore Business Journal.

“We are pleased to recognize Intelect Corporation and the strong leadership of Rohit Patel which has been the driving force behind this thriving inner city business that has provided enormous stimulus for change in its community,” stated Emily McCann, manager, community relations for Staples, Inc. “Staples remains committed to supporting strong entrepreneurial leadership and raising awareness of the vital role inner city businesses play in creating a path for economic opportunity throughout the country.”

Staples has long been an advocate for inner cities, minority business ownership and entrepreneurialism and raising awareness of the importance of a robust business sector in creating healthy, urban communities. Staples has been a key supporter of ICIC and the Inner City 100 for nearly 10 years. This year, Staples has renewed its support of ICIC’s Inner City 100 through another $150,000 grant. To date, Staples has contributed nearly $1.7 million in support of ICIC and the Inner City 100 program.

“Led by one of today’s most creative entrepreneurs, Rohit Patel, we are delighted to celebrate Intelect Corporation as this year’s Inner City 100 Staples Diversity Leadership Award Winner,” said Mary Kay Leonard, president and chief executive officer of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. “Through its remarkable commitment to providing jobs for inner city residents and astounding growth, Intelect Corporation demonstrates the impact the private sector can have on America’s inner cities.”

Highlights of the 2012 Inner City 100 include:

• The Inner City 100 companies employ 7,965 workers and have created 4,635 new jobs in the last five years.
• Twenty-five percent are women-owned companies. Nationally, only ten percent of companies with more than $1 million in annual revenues are women-owned.
• Companies generated $15.3 million in revenues on average and $1.5 billion in the aggregate.
• Thirty-six percent are minority-owned. Nationally, only twenty-one percent of all companies are led by minorities.
• Forty percent of Inner City 100 workers are inner city residents.

Original article: Baltimore’s Intelect Corporation Named the 2012 Inner City 100 Staples Diversity Leadership Award Winner

Did You See Intelect at the 2011 APTA EXPO?

Intelect Team at APTA ExpoIntelect, the one-stop shop for solutions in intelligent transportation systems, telecommunications, IT, video surveillance and security, and electrical systems was at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)2011 EXPO from October 3 – 5, 2011.

Intelect had a booth and displayed its innovative products such as the ICAD remote monitoring system, Communications Control panel for trains and buses, and Worker Protection system.

one-stop shop for solutions in telecom, intelligent transportation, IT, video surveillance, and electrical systems.

Intelect Launches New Web Site

Intelect Corporation is proud to re-launch its web site with the latest in products and knowledge for professionals who work in intelligent transportation, telecommunications, IT, video and security, or electrical systems.

Browse or search for innovative products, a broad range of services, and unique solutions that can be customized to your business needs. You’ll also find case studies, videos and targeted information for a wide variety of markets, including all branches of government, commercial organizations, telecom service providers, OEMs and construction and engineering groups.

Delivering Outstanding Value

Intelect recently received several awards for 2011:

Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.

Inc. 5000 Top Construction Companies in the U.S.

Inc. 5000 Top Companies in Baltimore

Baltimore Business Journal Top 100 Private Companies in Baltimore

Take a look at the total list of awards won by Intelect over the years!