The Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber has selected Rotorcorp President Sean T. Casey as the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year winner in the veteran-owned business category. Marking its 32nd year, the award program narrowed nominations to a field of three semi-finalists in the following categories: Experienced Entrepreneur, Early-Stage Entrepreneur, Rising Star, Best Veteran Entrepreneur and Best Minority Entrepreneur. Semi-finalists were interviewed in a “Shark Tank” style selection panel of judges who selected a winner in each category.
Rotorcorp is an authorized Robinson Helicopter Company Service Center with facilities in Atlanta, Georgia and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since its inception in 2011, Rotorcorp has grown to serve over 1000 customers in 45 countries around the world. Rotorcorp is the only Robinson service center to focus exclusively on parts for the global Robinson market and in 2017 the company launched the first ever e-commerce platform offering the complete Robinson parts catalog for purchase online.
Throughout the selection process, Casey emphasized the outsized role that assistance his company received from organizations like the Small Business Administration and University of Georgia Small Business Development Center has played in Rotorcorp’s success.
“These programs and services have served as the touchstone for much of our growth” Casey said.
Rotorocorp received the national “Company to Watch” award from its 2016 participation in the intensive eight-month long SBA Emerging Leaders program and has leveraged a seven-figure SBA credit facility to grow inventory and provide open account terms to key international customers.
“When people think of Georgia their minds may turn to peaches and peanuts, but Aerospace is the state’s number one export- bringing $32 Billion into the Georgia Economy in 2017 alone. With nearly sixty percent of our revenues generated by international sales, Rotorcorp is a natural fit in the Georgia aerospace ecosystem”.
A good fit indeed- Rotorcorp’s growth is further reflected in its ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest companies for both of the previous two years. The company was also awarded the Georgia Globe award in 2017 for entering new international markets. With the lion’s share of global economic growth expected to occur outside of North America in coming decades, Rotorcorp is on track to meet the growing role of helicopters and aviation in those expanding foreign markets.