Hilton Augustine Jr. works very hard at making life easy. He saw enormous opportunity in bringing efficiency to convoluted government communications systems and in 1988, with $80,000 funded via 11 credit cards, started bidding on government contracts from his kitchen table. In 2002, Augustine’s company, Global Management Systems Inc. (GMSI) had sales approaching $50 million.
The 1982 electrical and computer engineering graduate quickly built a track record as a trusted solutions provider of network and systems integration and net-based enterprise application solutions to government and corporate clients.
GMSI specializes in designing, implementing and operating complex enterprise systems. The company’s services include e-commerce solutions, LAN/WAN engineering, network integration and administration, network operations center, network security, video teleconferencing, Internet and Intranet design and development, customer support centers, help desks, asset management, and document, records and knowledge management. GMSI is a favored vendor at government installations including the Pentagon, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Department of Commerce, the Library of Congress and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.
Augustine founded the fast-growing systems integrator after starting his career as a manager of manufacturing engineering with IBM in 1985. He worked as one of IBM’s top-performing marketing representatives from 1987 to 1988 and then set out on his own. His company is a perennial on the list of Black Enterprise’s top 100 industrial service providers. It was a Computer Week Top-10 Minority Owned Firm in 2001 and also earned Government Computer News’s Leadership and Performance Award in the same year.
Augustine shares his success and experience as CEO and chair of GMSI Inc. by mentoring other entrepreneurs and encouraging students early in their academic careers. He participated in Tomorrow’s Business, a radio program exploring technology and business, and presented success tips to students at a metro Washington, DC, career fair.
In his leisure time, Augustine enjoys training for his first marathon, working toward his private pilot’s license, designing systems to automate his home and spending time with his four children.