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2012 Veteran Small Business Champion

Steven Edward Sullivan

Sullivan International Group Inc.

Steven E. Sullivan has been CEO and chairman of the board of Sullivan International Group Inc. since November 1998. Individually, he has been recognized for his leadership and community outreach efforts, most recently being recognized as one of “San Diego's Most Admired CEOs” at the Dec. 8, 2011, San Diego Business Journal CEO awards presentation. Other recognitions include as an honoree by Forbes Small Business as "Boss of the Year" in 2005. As the original founder of Sullivan International Group, he has been involved in the firm's growth and success from the beginning, taking a small one-man company to No. 7 on the Inc. 500 by the end of 2004. Under his leadership, the firm has received multiple awards and recognition for its high quality products and services.

Today, Sullivan is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance for all Sullivan business units, including multiple joint ventures and other partnerships. This includes day-to-day oversight of a $45 million international engineering firm with an emphasis in the field of science, environmental and technology products and services, to a broad base of commercial and federal clients globally. He is responsible for leading the development of all internal operating systems, policies and procedures, risk management, executive team development, and culture integration of the company's vision, mission and core values. As the company visionary, he provides strategic oversight for short and long-term sales strategies, operational and fiscal leadership, ensuring the company is poised for growth and expansion of both services and client base.

In addition to a highly dedicated commitment to the National Veteran and Disabled Veteran Communities, he has always been passionate about community involvement. In 2004, he founded the Sullivan Children's Foundation with a mission of enhancing the quality of life for children throughout San Diego County and Baja California. Funds raised by the foundation have supported multiple regional beneficiaries, to include building a community vegetable garden for homeless children, paying for reconstructive surgery for children with life-threatening illness or disease and the renovation of a dormitory for teens living in a crisis recovery center. The foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that focus on children's health, education and quality of life.

Sullivan has served on the boards of several small businesses and nonprofits in various capacities. He has served as the president and on the board of directors of San Diego EarthWorks, a nationally affiliated environmental education organization, the Caltrans Small Business Council and president of the Small Environmental Business Advisory Council. He is also an individual member of the Association of Environmental Professionals, and a corporate member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems Association and the United States Navy League.

Sullivan served in the U.S. Naval Submarine Force from 1983 to 1999. He has a B.S. from Southern Illinois University and is pursuing a global M.B.A. at Manchester Business School, England, and is scheduled to graduate in September 2012. He also holds multiple professional certifications.

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