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Timothy J. AdamsTimothy J. Adams

Systems Applications & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH)

Timothy J. Adams started his company, Systems Applications & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH) 29 years ago out of the trunk of his car. Today, his business, a progressive Department of Defense contractor offering administrative and technical support, has grown to more than 550 employees in 10 states, with revenues of more than $74 million.

The secret to his success is: creating a family atmosphere within his company, and providing his customers with top-notch service, “by doing it faster, better and cheaper.”

“I believe the success of my company comes from building relationships with my clients, exceeding their expectations, and placing trust in the men and women of SA-TECH to do the right thing,” Adams said.

Adams believes leadership is not about being the best CEO in comparison to others, but being the best version of yourself. He expects all of his employees to be leaders in their own way.

Outside of running his company, he serves or has served on numerous boards, including the Privatization and Procurement Council for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the National Aquarium and Doctors’ Community Hospital, among many others. He also serves as a convention delegate for the Maryland Democratic Party and ran for state senator in Dist. 23 in 2018.

He’s been recognized as one of the Top 100 African American Leaders in America by the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, one of Maryland’s Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises, and Maryland’s 25 CEOs You Need to Know, among many other accolades.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.