In 1986, with only $2,000 cash and a $100,000 credit line, Art Allen came out of early retirement to found Allen Systems Group (ASG) in Naples, Florida. Since then, the president, founder, sole shareholder and CEO of ASG has grown the company to more than 7,000 customer sites served by more than 900 employees at nearly 50 offices worldwide.

Allen, a consummate tennis player who hits the court every day at 4 p.m., knows what it takes to stay in the match: a mixture of hard work and careful shot selection. Like a globetrotting tennis pro, Allen recently "brought ASG's game" to six of the seven continents (ASG does not have any customers in Antarctica) in an intense five-week campaign. "You travel five weeks around the world and you get a flavor for what the issues are and where the industry is going. I rely on what my customers say," comments Allen.

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