Florida Fast 100 No. 10 – NuJak Development

Published on September 18, 2017 | By Margarita Alfaro

NuJak Development in Lakeland describes itself in one word: “trailblazer.”

Entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to build a sustainable community led to the creation of NuJak in 1992. Its first project: a new house for CEO Frank Kendrick’s in-laws after a fire took their original home. Since, NuJak has grown to be one of the largest minority-owned construction firms in Central Florida.

This past March, NuJak moved into its new office — doubling the size of its previous space, growth recognized in late August by Gov. Scott. He came by NuJak’s new office to award the CEO a “Business Ambassador” award. Since 2011, the company has seen stellar revenue growth of a whopping 700 percent.

The company now employs 23 but believes, given new projects and workload, that it will hire another 17 to reach 40 employees within the next few years.

NuJak says its client list is its referral list.

“We can boast an almost 90 percent approval rating with our clientele, who not only refer other business to us but are also repeat clients,” Kendrick said.

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