Excitement + energy: VisionIT's David Segura adds the two together and comes up with the right equation for business success.

Author:Mead, Chris
Position:Interview
 
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In algebraic terms, David Segura's meteoric career path might look something like this: e + e = E. Excitement plus Energy equals Entrepreneurship.

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Segura is the 34-year-old founder, president and CEO of VisionIT, a Detroit-based business that provides IT and engineering staffing services to clients like General Motors, Ford Motor Co., EDS, Wayne County and the City of Detroit, to name a few.

The grandson of Mexican immigrants, Segura launched VisionIT in 1997 with little more than $100 in the bank, a home computer--and a load of excitement and energy. In less than seven years the company has emerged as one of the most innovative and fastest-growing technology companies in the United States. Hispanic Business magazine last year ranked VisionIT as the 10th fastest-growth Hispanic-owned business in the nation.

Segura attributes this phenomenal growth to VisionIT's staffing services team, which has expanded to handle the nationwide needs of Fortune 500 companies. In recent years, VisionIT has had a 100-percent growth rate and it is on track to exceed that figure this year.

"We realized that our biggest opportunity is in staffing services. It's something that we do extremely well," Segura explains in an interview with the Detroiter at his headquarters in Detroit's New Center One building.

Detroiter: What first got you interested in computers?

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When I was a sophomore in high school I took a computer programming class. It was the last class of the day. One day after the bell rang I was still working away, unaware that everybody had left. Finally somebody came in the room and said, "Hey, everybody's left. What are you still doing here?" I was so excited I didn't even realize the class was over. At that point I looked out the window and thought, "I'm finding this real exciting and I can see myself building a career in computers." I never could have imagined at that time what this would lead to. I just knew I was pretty excited about technology. The big thing for me was the chance to create something from nothing, starting with a clean palette. I wasn't good at drawing or painting, but I was very good at coming up with something from scratch and asking myself, "How do I solve this problem using a computer?"

Detroiter: You had secure jobs before you started your own business. What prompted you to take the entrepreneurial path?

Everybody around me was saying, "Hey, David, you're doing great." But I hit a spot in my life...

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