Loupreneur sat down with Jermaine Watkins, the President and CEO of Supply Ark, a Louisville business that provides distribution channels and seamless fulfillment strategies for military and government contracts as well as commercial bids. Since 2009, Supply Ark’s team of three has had an innovative focus on strategically winning contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency bid process. Watkins crafted a proprietary system that automates the bid process for the military’s miscellaneous items requests.
Success for Watkins comes from combining a tech background as a former employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers and as a website developer for Borders Unlimited Inc., a wholesale distributor of wallpaper borders for a company in Shelbyville, KY. Supply Ark grew out of his desire to be a self-motivator and from his childhood in which he was raised by entrepreneurs. “I got tired of working for a company and paying my own salary. I thought, ‘this is ridiculous, I can do this from home.’ I realized that if I can sell almost a million dollars in wallpaper borders, then I can make my own money doing something else,” jokes Watkins. [Read more…]