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Location: Rockville, MD
Founded: 1998
Industry: Architecture and planning


Kabir Chaudhary
President and CEO


NIKA combines architecture, engineering, planning, technology, advisory, program management, logistics, operations and maintenance services under one roof. Between fiscal years 2014 and 2015, the company’s gross revenue grew by more than 120 percent. NIKA achieved this by managing expectations with clients, showing value and seeking out full-scale programs, as opposed to projects, says president and CEO Kabir Chaudhary. “Additionally, because we are committed to innovation, we are always exploring ways we can deliver services to our clients better, faster and with less cost, thus increasing our profit margins,” says Chaudhary.

Quick Tip: “A great leader is somebody who is not afraid to take risks, but is also aware of the potential repercussions of those risks and has a plan in place to address them.”

When NIKA started growing, Chaudhary and his team set to work on strengthening the company’s operations and infrastructure so it would be able to keep up with the demands of increased business. “We expanded our executive management team, hiring people who really understood growth-oriented businesses and had innovative ideas,” says Chaudhary. Moving forward, NIKA’s goal is not to beat the “500-pound gorillas” in its market. Instead, “we are focused on improving the value of the company’s services and personnel,” says Chaudhary.