Company: Langham Transport Services
Year Started: 1988
Start-Up Costs: $20,000
1997 Projections: $6 million
Kathy Langham knows there's a lot to be said for being in the right place at the right time.
"I was at Indiana University majoring in marketing with a minor in merchandising," says Langham. "I started to interview to get into retail buying but realized I didn't want to work nights and weekends."
So she went to work in sales and marketing for a trucking line and within seven years had bought and sold a franchise and co-founded her own Indianapolis-based trucking company with her sister Margaret.
Langham knows she's a woman in a man's world, and although early in the game it was tough, her family was also a big help. "I just can't imagine not working with them," says Langham, whose brother John joined the business in 1991. Margaret processes new accounts, and John takes care of receivables, leaving Langham time to bring in the business.
Coupling a dedicated team of employees with an attention-to-detail philosophy, Langham believes she's well on the road to her goal of $30 million in sales.