Magazine article Black Enterprise

Banking on a Bright Future

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Banking on a Bright Future

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Vernon E. Haynes knows the entrepreneurial spirit well. He ought to--he's been working since he was nine. "I did everything from paper routes to cutting grass," says the 48-year-old president of Lamp Glow Industries Inc. in Marietta, Ga. "You don't work, you don't eat And if you work for yourself, you control what you eat."

That's why, in 1986, Haynes launched what is believed to be the nation's only black-owned distributor of lighting products. The full-service lighting company distributes and manufactures lamp posts, lanterns and other commercial lighting. Haynes' clients include the U.S. Postal Service and Lockheed Corp.

Haynes' first taste of the high-tech industry came in the early '60s when he was exposed to electronics as an air force crew chief for a fighter plane. He spent 1973 to 1977 as a regional marketing manager at Revlon Inc. and then two years as a marketing consultant. He then realized two things: "I didn't want to go back to corporate America and there was a growing market in lighting conservation. …

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