Women In Business - Event Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

Kim Caudle Lewis is the CEO of PROJECTXYZ, Inc., which shestarted in 2002. She is also wife to Larry Lewis, and mother to twodaughters, Sandi and Lela. Kim Lewis has seemingly found the formula to managing home life while becoming a trailblazer in herindustry.

Since the inception of PROJECTXYZ, the company has grown to include employees spanning multiple U.S. locations. The company,which provides customer support in engineering, logistics, informationtechnology, and alternative energy, has become a forerunner in theindustry. Having been recognized among the Inc. 5000 in 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017; the recipient of the U.S. Chamber Blue Ribbon award in 2016; and recipient of the Huntsville/Madison CountyChamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2015,PROJECTXYZ has steadily garnered the attention of notable sources.In 2017, PROJECTXYZ was named the U.S. Chamber of CommerceWomen-Owned Business of the Year.

PROJECTXYZ’s success is further complimented by Lewis’ personalsuccesses and civic involvement. Her business and community contributions have earned her board member positions for CalhounCommunity College Foundation; Cummings Research Park; theHuntsville Hospital Foundation; Health Establishments at LocalSchools; the Huntsville Botanical Garden; the National Children’sAdvocacy Center; and currently Chair-Elect of the Huntsville/MadisonCounty Chamber of Commerce.

As an innovator, Lewis has the ability to see the big picture and aknack for preserving a positive attitude under difficult circumstances.These attributes have made her an invaluable asset to clients, the localcommunity, and small businesses, as evidenced by her 2016 honoreerecognition during the Women’s Economic Development Counciland also being selected as one of the 2017 Women that Shape theState for Alabama.

With each accomplishment, professionally and personally, Kim Caudle Lewis continues to solidify her standing as a preeminent leadin business and the community.

Who is your biggest cheerleader?My husband Larry,my daughters and my extremely large family. Your go-to phrase?“The worst they can say is NO.” – Don’t be afraid because of yourfear of rejections. How to stay competitive? Go for it whenopportunities arise. PROJECTXYZ has stepped in and made investments when we had the opportunity. Greatest leap offaith you’ve taken in your professional life?StartingPROJECTXYZ was my greatest leap of faith. I was a single mom,living in a city with no family support, and leaving a full-time jobwith benefits to start my own business. At the time I didn’t knowanything about running a business, and I was working full-time forthe business. So there was a lot of “learning-as-you-go.” Before Imade the decision to quit my job, I had been praying for months forthe right sign to let me know it was okay. And one day God gave methat sign and I haven’t looked back since. Hobbies? Listening toAudible Books, long walks and family time. Words/Advice tolive by?“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator andchange has its enemies.” – Robert F. Kennedy Sacrifices madefor your career? Time. It takes time to build a business – bothin and out of town. I have traveled quite a bit in my career and whileit’s nice to visit other places, sometimes those trips are away fromfamily. How do you juggle it all? With faith, a great familysupport system, and employees I can count on to get the job done.