Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Monica Galyon of Barr Group: business profile in NBJ

The Nashville Business Journal published this profile of Nashville businesswoman and joint Colombia-U.S. citizen Monica Galyon. Excerpts of the story are below:

"Monica Galyon, founder and president of the Barr Group, enjoys success today but she weathered more adversity than most entrepreneurs face to get there."

"A Miami-born, Hispanic woman who left high school at age 17 to join the work force, Galyon now heads a company projected to have approximately $5 million in 2007 revenues."

"The Barr Group, established in 1999, is a national, full-service distributor of a variety of products and services - including packaging, printing, signs, electronics, promotional products, industrial and chemical supplies and power tools."

"'I used to hide the fact that I was Colombian, when I started this business,' says Galyon. 'It absolutely gets your foot in the door, but our output needs to be better than majority-owned companies. We have a black eye going in. It's a disadvantage but also an opportunity.'"

The article also mentions Galyon's work on the Music City Walk of Fame.

Read the full story here.

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